Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc.

Address: 900 West Norfolk Avenue, Suite 200, Norfolk, NE 68701


Phone: 402-370-3140

Fax: 402-370-3373


Director: Connie Barnes

Mission: We are committed to excellence in the provision of comprehensive behavioral health care.  Our approach honors each client’s confidentiality, dignity, and self-determination.  As skilled professionals, we proudly provide affordable and accessible services of the highest quality.

What We Do: Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc., is a non-profit community mental health center providing services to individuals and businesses in Northeast Nebraska.  We specialize in behavioral health care, substance abuse and addictions treatment, residential treatment and foster care.  Our array of services include: outpatient mental health and substance abuse therapy and evaluation, intensive outpatient substance abuse groups, psychiatric care, community support for individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues, anger management, employee assistance, foster care, drug testing, parent education, family support, residential treatment for substance abuse, social detox, and a toll-free 24/7 Crisis Care Line.

Area Served: Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc., currently provides an array of services throughout the Region 4 Behavioral Health Service area and in 65% of the Health & Human Services Northern Service Area.  Our agency’s main office is centrally located in Norfolk and we have one clinical outpatient satellite office located in Columbus.  We operate two short-term residential treatment programs:  Seekers of Serenity in Columbus, Nebraska and Sunrise Place in Norfolk, Nebraska.  WE have foster homes, respite  care homes, family support services and community support services that extend throughout northeast Nebraska.  All of our services are available to individuals who could not otherwise afford care for both behavioral and substance abuse issues.  We offer a sliding fee scale to individuals who qualify based on their family income.  No one is denied services based on a true inability to pay.  Our Crisis CARE Line holds no eligibility requirements or limitations on individuals qualified to be served and individuals in Northeast Nebraska have 100% access to care 24 hours per day, 7 days  a week.  BHS does not discriminate based on age, gender or race.

Our Wish List: 1) Development of an Endowment Fund, 2) Grant writing assistance, 3) Outdoor pavilions for our residential treatment facilities, 4) Advertising and Publicity of our CARE Line, 5) Lightly used or new adult clothing, 6) Clothes and school supplies for Foster Children, 7) Hygiene Products, 8) Three minivans, 9) Financial Sponsorship of the annual Norfolk Recovery Rally hosed by BHS

Number of Staff: 100

Year Established: 1978

How we are governed: BHS is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of 9 Board Members.  Officers are elected annually and board terms are 3 years.