Professional Partner Program



The following admission guidelines apply to the Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health Professional Partner Program:

1. Youth/young adult must be between ages 3-25 years of age.

2. At admission, or as determined within 60 days of admission, the youth/young adult must be diagnosed with a mental health disorder under the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. Youth/young adults with Developmental Disorders or Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders may be included if they co-occur with the serious emotional disturbance/serious mental illness. This pattern has existed for 12 months or longer or is likely to endure for 12 months or longer;

a. Documentation to support presence of DSM diagnosis must be signed by a licensed professional and updated annually.

3. Youth/young adult must demonstrate significant functional impairments due to their behavioral health diagnosis. Functional impairments are significant if as a result of the behavioral health diagnosis the youth/young adult consistently and persistently demonstrates behavioral abnormality in two or more spheres, to a significant degree, well outside normative developmental expectations, which cannot be attributed to intellectual, sensory, or health factors. The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) OR Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment (PECFAS) are used to determine degree of functional impairments. For eligibility purposes, the following score requirements apply

a.  CAFAS score of 80 or greater using the 8-point scale


b.  PECFAS score of 70 or greater using the 7-point scale,


c.  Moderate/severe score in at least two subscales of the CAFAS or PECFAS. Subscale scores are considered moderate at 20 and above*


* Subscales include

  • School/Work Role Performance
  • Home Role Performance
  • Community Role Performance
  • Behavior Toward Others
  • Moods/Emotions
  • Self-Harmful Behavior
  • Substance Use
  • Thinking


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