Behavioral Health

The Commission Provides Behavioral Health Service Coordination by:

  • Meeting the communication needs of the people who are deaf or hard of hearing, which includes interpreting and auxiliary aids
  • Educating and training mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse professionals
  • Placing assistive listening devices in mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse facilities


Behavioral health services for people who are Deaf lag behind those for the hearing population in both availability and quality. Researchers have estimated that between 2 and 15 percent of those Deaf persons in need of mental health services can obtain them. An estimated 40,000 Deaf Americans experience serious psychopathology, but only a tiny percentage of them are receiving appropriate services and treatment in either community or inpatient settings. Some in the field estimate that the quality and quantity of mental health services for people who are Deaf lag as much as 10 to 30 years behind services for people who are hearing.

Deafness often presents a barrier to communication for mental health workers unfamiliar with the Deaf culture and community, and they may find it difficult to adequately address the person’s mental illness. Effective mental health services need to focus on mental health, not on deafness. Mental health providers need to understand a person’s hearing loss to the degree that it becomes invisible to the treatment process.

Along with the lack of services a challenge exists in the area of communication. Many public mental health systems and providers cannot communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) and have little or no training and experience in working with consumers who are Deaf. That lack of communication and experience makes actually addressing the individual’s mental illness very difficult.

In the State of Nebraska, there are only eight known mental health providers, fluent in ASL. Because of the shortage of trained ASL providers, the role of interpreters becomes an important element in service delivery. Although interpreters can provide an all-important communication bridge between consumers and clinicians, it is not the most effective means of communication. Therefore, it is critical when interpreters are used clinicians know how to use the interpreter appropriately.

Services provided to Deaf consumers needs to recognize and embrace the strong connection to the Deaf community. The Deaf community is close-knit and, therefore, many members of the community prefer to live near each other and this support is a necessary part of mental health recovery.


The Behavioral Health Coordinator monitors and advises mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse professionals on how to best serve people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

For more information regarding mental health services in Nebraska, please contact Cody McEvoy at

"As a resource on mental health for deaf and hard of hearing citizens of Nebraska, the mission of the NCDHH Mental Health Services is to assist providers, consumers and the general public in promoting accessible mental health and alcohol/drug services for deaf and hard of hearing citizens in Nebraska." - NCDHH Mental Health Mission Statement

In 1995, Gov. Ben Nelson signed LB 25, which created the NCDHH mental health specialist position and granted the Commission the ability to engage in mental health coordination services. The Commission is not involved in delivering traditional mental health or substance services, but it assists persons in accessing these programs.

The following is a list of local and national service providers that are "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly"



Alcohol Annonymous (AA) Meetings Interpreted for Dear or Hard of Hearing


Alcohol Annonymous (AA) Meetings In American Sign Language
12 Step House, Front Room
7306 Grant Street 
Omaha, NE 68134
Contact: Beth Ellsworth / VP: 402-215-0711 /


Disaster Response

Nebraska Behavioral Health All-Hazards Disaster Response and Recovery Plan



Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline Information

National Deaf Hotline: 1-855-812-1001                            
(Available 24/7)
(Email, VP, Live Chat)


Local Resources


Heartland Deaf Advocacy Services (HDAAS)

 HDAAS is to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals through awareness, education, prevention and advocacy to stop domestic and sexual violence and to enhance their lives and self-esteem.

Can be reached through facebook or at

Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

245 S. 84th Street, Ste 200
Lincoln, NE 68510

Women’s Center of Advancement (WCA)

3801 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131
24/7 hotline: 402-345-7273

*If you or someone you know are at risk of danger or any harm, please reach out to the police at 911, or contact the Omaha Domestic Violence Squad at (402) 444-5825.

NCDHH Behavioral Health Coordinator

Cody McEvoy
Office Phone Number: 800-545-6244
Video Phone (VP): 402-682-7129
E-Mail address:


Abused Deaf Woman's Advocacy Service / Domestic Violence Hotline by VP (206) 787-6244




Use of State Licensed Interpreters in Mental Health Settings



Specialized Mental Health Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors and Psychologists in Nebraska

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH) does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in this website. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only.

Counseling Credentials

  • CMSW: Certified Masters of Social Work
  • LADC: Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • LIMHP: Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
  • LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • LMHP: Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
  • LPADC: Provisional Alcohol/Drug Counselor
  • LPMHP: Licensed Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
  • MSW: Masters of Social Work
  • NCC: Nationally Certified Counselor
  • PLADC: Provisional Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor
  • LP: Licensed Psychologist

Counselor Name: James T. Haley, MA, LMHP, NCC
Name of Practice: Psychological and Counseling Services
Address: 12728 Augusta Ave., Ste. 150
City: Omaha
State: NE
Zip Code: 68144
Phone Number: (402) 330-1537
Fax Number: (402) 330-9331
Web Site Address:

Counselor Name: Thomas J. Haley, Ph.D., LP
Name of Practice: Psychological and Counseling Services
Address: 12728 Augusta Ave., Ste. 150
City: Omaha
State: NE
Zip Code: 68144
Phone Number: (402) 330-1537
Fax Number: (402) 330-9331
Web Site Address:

Counselor Name: Tracey Swinnea 
Name of Practice: Minto Counseling
Address: 919 Galvin Rd. S. Ste. A
City: Bellevue 
State: NE
Zip Code: 68005
Phone Number: (402) 630-2939

Counselor Name: Vickie Frizzell Pratt, MS, LIMHP
Name of Practice: Health Solutions Counseling, PC
Address: 770 North Cotner Blvd Suite #328
City: Lincoln
State: NE
Zip Code: 68505
Phone Number: (402) 486-3113

Counselor Name: Mandy Leamon, LCSW, LIMHP, LADC
Name of Practice: CHI Health Clinic: University Campus
Address: 2412 Cuming St. Ste 200
City: Omaha
State: NE
Zip Code: 68131
Phone Number: (402) 717-0836

Counselor Name: Maureen Mann
Name of Practice: Boys Town National Research Hospital
Address: 555 N. 30th St.
City: Omaha
State: NE
Zip Code: 68131
Phone Number: (402) 452-5000
Web Site Address:

Counselor Name: Jackie Prater, LCSW, LIMHP
Name of Practice: Child Guidance Center
Address: 2444 O St.
City: Lincoln
State: NE
Zip Code: 68510
Phone Number: (402) 475-7666

Counselor Name: Mary Slominski, LIMHP, CMSW, LADC
Name of Practice: Mary Slominski Counseling
Address: 1508 J.F. Kennedy Dr Ste 206-4
City: Bellevue
State: NE
Zip Code: 68123
Phone Number: (402) 651-8211

Counselor Name: Lisa Vogel, MSEd, ATR - BC, LIMPH, LMAP, LMHC, NCC
Name of Practice: West Maple Counseling Associates
Address: 9105 Bedford Ave.
City: Omaha
State: NE
Zip Code: 68134
Phone Number: (402) 393-0133

Counselor Name: Melissa (Missy) Lile, LIMHP, LADC
Name of Practice: Alivation Health Counseling
Address: 8550 Cuthills Cir.
City: Lincoln
State: NE
Zip Code: 68526
Phone Number: (402) 476-6060

Counselor Name: Cristine Petersen MS, LPMHP
Address: 620 N Hwy 6, Suite 6. Suite D
City: Gretna
State: NE
Zip Code: 68028
Phone Number: 531-233-5315

CHI Behavioral Care Team
Behavioral Care Team of Experts (

Interpreters, CART (communication access real-time translation/ also called open captioning) and Deaf Advocate available upon request - 
Deaf Advocates is a Deaf individual who will attend your appointment with you and offer support in any way you need.