DHHS Statement Regarding DOJ Allegations


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expressed its disappointment with allegations issued by the Biden Administration following a multiyear investigation by the US Department of Justice which began on June 25, 2021. Previous DHHS leadership agreed to cooperate with the DOJ based on circumstances which existed in the department at that time. Since Gov.Jim Pillen took office in January 2023, the Department has engaged with policymakers, stakeholders, and community partners to enhance community-based services throughout Nebraska. This collaboration has accelerated since Gov. Pillen appointed new DHHS leadership.

Gov. Pillen and DHHS are committed to ensuring Nebraskans receive the highest level of behavioral health services. Recent achievements include: 

  • The bipartisan creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCHBCs) to ensure access to coordinated comprehensive behavioral health care. CCBHCs are required to serve anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use, regardless of their ability to pay, place of residence, or age. This includes developmentally appropriate care for children and youth.
  • Development and implementation of better assessment, tracking, and referral systems for disability accommodations, including targeted case management.
  • As acknowledged by the DOJ, Nebraska offers services for individuals with SMI in finding employment and living independently, such as supported employment programs and permanent supportive housing.

Pointedly, the DOJ concedes that the programs desired by the federal government already exist in Nebraska today. DHHS intends to resolve this matter as expeditiously as possible, and in a manner consistent with law and the best interests of the people of Nebraska.

DHHS continues to review the DOJ allegations issued today and will consult with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office regarding next steps.