LB556: The Children’s Behavioral Health Care Bill

LB556When behavioral health issues are detected early, children have the greatest chance for successful treatment, yet research shows that more than 53% of the time these issues are “missed” in primary care settings.

To help identify issues early and connect children and teens with services, the Nebraska Legislature created a pilot children’s behavioral health screening program in three primary care clinics.  Children are screened for common behavioral health challenges and referred to behavioral health specialists for treatment. 

In this interactive module, you will learn more about the bill that created the children’s behavioral health screening program, LB556.  The module will also discuss the need for increased access to behavioral health services, review the elements of LB556 as written in the law, and describe how these elements are working in clinics across Nebraska.

View the module: LB556: The Children’s Behavioral Health Care Bill