Funds have been awarded for a crisis counseling program for the pandemic to all six behavioral health regions in Nebraska, along with the Rural Response Hotline, the Nebraska Family Helpline, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the funding to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program working with communities impacted by the COVID pandemic.

What the program does:

  • Build non-intrusive connections with communities
  • Provide physical and emotional support
  • Address immediate needs
  • Offer constructive assistance and public information
  • Connect communities to social supports
  • Encourage community members to take an active role in their own recovery

The project has two hotlines available to answer questions and direct callers to resources in the community. If additional support is needed, the hotlines will refer callers to regional teams for follow-up.

If you or your loved ones need help, call the hotlines for free and confidential assistance.

• Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: 1-888-866-8660 — Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Nebraska Family Helpline:1-800-464-0258 — 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

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The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program dedicated to providing crisis counseling services to help Nebraskans cope during the COVID pandemic.

For more information, visit