The primary purpose of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team (NBHERT) is to provide support and consultation to local response personnel relevant to behavioral health needs that arise following a disaster. The Nebraska Emergency Management Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-829.36 to 81-829.75) provides statutory authorization for the formation and use of State Emergency Response Teams. The formation of a behavioral health emergency response team in Nebraska was approved by the Governor’s Homeland Security Policy Group on August 7, 2008. The Nebraska Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team (NBHERT) is a state resource. The team generally supports behavioral health functions referenced in the Nebraska State Emergency Operations Plan under Emergency Support Functions (ESF 6, 8 & 11). NBHERT recently assisted persons affected by the flooding in Nebraska. The team's work was featured in the July 2010 edition of "Connections," the DHHS Newsletter (see page 6 for featured article).
. State Behavioral Health Director, Dr. Scot Adams (in the decon suit), challenges NBHERT members during a team training exercise.
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