Getting Licensed as a Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for issuing mental health practitioner credentials in the state of Nebraska.
There are several credentials for mental health practice:
Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP)
To obtain the PLMHP credential, you must:
1. have a masters/doctorate of which the course work and training leading to the degree was primarily therapeutic mental health in content and included a practicum/internship.
2. be at least 19 years old and of good character.
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
[does NOT include: diagnosing major mental illness or disorder except in consultation with a licensed independent mental health practitioner, qualified physician or licensed clinical psychologist]
To obtain the LMHP credential, you must:
1. be supervised by a Nebraska licensed mental health practitioner or independent mental health practitioner or psychologist or qualified physician when providing mental health services.
2. obtain at least 3,000 hours of mental health practice experience that includes a minimum of 1,500 direct (face-to-face) client contact hours.
3. meet face-to-face with your supervisor for at least 1 hour per week.
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP)
[includes diagnosis and treatment of major mental illness/disorders, without supervision or consultation]
To obtain the LIMHP credential, you must:
1. is licensed as a licensed mental health practitioner OR is licensed as a provisional mental health practitioner
2. has satisfactorily passed an examination approved by the board
3. be supervised by a Nebraska licensed physician, a licensed psychologist, or a licensed independent mental health practitioner
4. obtain at least 3,000 hours of mental health experience in a period of not less than two nor more than five years, one-half of which is comprised of experience with clients diagnosed under the major mental illness or disorder category
Additionally, you may obtain a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from DHHS when you meet specific supervision requirements.
For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.