The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funding to implement a crisis counseling program for the current pandemic. Funding was provided 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 Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is an outreach program working with communities impacted by the COVID pandemic. The project has two hotlines available to answer questions and direct callers to resources in their 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 - 1-800-464-0258, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nebraska Family Helpline - 1-888-866-8660, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week