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Who We Are

Mission, Values & History


The mission of the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations is to build strong alliances to ensure quality behavioral health services, including substance use and mental health services, are accessible to everyone in our state.

Our vision for quality substance use and mental health services to become a central part of accessible healthcare in our state is carried out through our core values which include:

  • EXPERTISE - Knowledge and effective leadership in shaping and defining behavioral health services, including substance use and mental health.
  • ALLIANCES - Partnerships and relationships with individuals/groups that share like missions and values.
  • ADVOCACY - Watchful voice that protects access to services as well as an individual's strengths, rights and needs.
  • INTEGRITY - Professional competency of all service providers.
  • QUALITY - Services grounded in research, evidence-based or based on promising practices.

NABHO History

The original organization was formed in 1983 under the name of the Association of Community Mental Health Providers. Membership included the six Behavioral Health Regions and a small number of mental health providers who received public funding. During the early days of the organization their focus was on communication, problem solving and coordination between behavioral health region program administrators and service providers..

In the early 1990's the organization expanded their focus and membership to include those who provide substance abuse treatment and services and non-publicly funded programs such as hospitals and private clinics.

The organization changed its name in 1994 to the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations (NABHO). The association's focus continues to support the importance of a strong and financially sound behavioral health care system. Caring for Nebraskans in need of mental health and substance use disorder care and treatment will always be the driving force behind the work of NABHO's members.

Thanks to our Alliances Partners