The Nebraska counseling, outreach and Mental health therapy project (COMHT)
COMHT, the Nebraska Counseling, Outreach and Mental Health Therapy Project, (pronounced “comet”) is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and administrated by Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska. The project’s aim is to make cost-free, confidential mental health crisis counseling available to distressed farm and rural families. The project seeks to achieve this goal through the Rural Response Hotline of Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska with collaborative agreements from mental health providers across Nebraska.
Here is how COMHT works:
An individual who calls the Rural Response Hotline ( 1-800-464-0258), will be given the names and telephone numbers of participating mental health providers from the geographic area the caller requests. A voucher is sent to the provider requested, Or, a provider may request the voucher for a client identified as eligible by hotline staff. The individual and/or family will have 30 days to use the voucher at the participating provider of their choice. When the caller selects a provider, he/she needs only to identify himself/herself as a COMHT referral and present the voucher at the time of their appointment. The provider can redeem the voucher by sending it to Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska.
COMHT encourages agencies and offices that have contact with distressed farm and rural families to offer the availability of this service through the Rural Response Hotline.
Practitioners/Agencies will be reimbursed at a rate of $75 per hour of counseling. Each voucher presented by the client can be converted to one hour of counseling services. Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and other licensed professionals wishing to participate as a provider of mental health services in the COMHT project can obtain a Provider Agreement form:
Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska 215 CENTENNIAL MALL SOUTH Suite 512 Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 Telephone: (402) 476-3391
Rural Response Hotline and mental health counseling services are confidential.