Substance Abuse

General Information

Substance abuse services are provided on an individual, family, and/or group setting. Clients, or others affected by substance abuse, seek or are referred for these services when their functioning is negatively impacted by the abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs and is causing problems in different areas of their lives ( financial, health, legal, emotional, family, etc). Clients may be seen for addiction and abuse problems related to alcohol and drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine, and prescription medication. Clients and if appropriate, family members, develop knowledge and skills for making lifestyle changes necessary to maintain abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. Clients may be referred by themselves, family, attorneys, court system, probation/parole officers or another provider.

During the first session, a thorough evaluation is completed which may take up to 2 hours. General background and other relevant information are gathered by the counselor and the client’s history and current use of alcohol and other drugs are assessed. As problems are identified, the appropriate treatment program (level of care) is determined. At subsequent sessions, individual goals are developed by the client and counselor and treatment focusing on the identified problems occurs.

Description of Services Available

Outpatient Treatment

This assessment and treatment program is provided for adult and youth who have been assessed to have substance abuse problems that can be addressed in this setting. Services are provided in the BVBH offices. Sessions are typically 60 minutes and are provided 1-2 times per week over a several week/month period of time (or longer as needed). As progress occurs, sessions become less frequent.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This group focused program is provided to adult clients (19 and older) who require a higher level of care than outpatient treatment for their substance abuse needs. Clients who are involved in this program have been assessed and require a more structured treatment approach to maintain sobriety and abstinence goals, but do not require residential treatment. IOP meets three times a week for ten hours, typically over a six week period.


IOP is provided in the following offices: 
Beatrice, Nebraska City and York.

Post IOP / Aftercare

This program is offered to adult clients (19 and older) who have recently completed treatment in the IOP, residential setting or require treatment in a group based environment. This treatment group occurs on a weekly basis. 

Youth Assistance Program (YAP)

The YAP is a school-based (K-12) intervention service that is coordinated with a school SCIP Team (or similar entity). This school team is able to help identify children who may be experiencing difficulties related to behavioral health issues. With parental consent, the child may be referred to the YAP counselor who will then meet with the child and family members to process the current concerns. An intervention may lead to the resolution of the identified concerns or may result in a referral to other services. The YAP is offered in several school systems. 

Consultation Services

Consultation services make available the behavioral healthcare expertise of BVBH. Professional assistance is given to agencies and/or individual providers who have questions or concerns about their clients' behavioral functioning.

Substance Abuse Education Group

This group is designed to address negative consequences from substance abuse. The topics cover physical effects, impairment on decision making, consequences with legal authority and the role of the family. There are age appropriate lectures and videos to explain the different type of substances (alcohol and drugs) that can lead to abuse and the impact that it has on the individual and others. Participants are usually referred by the court system, employers, schools or Health and Human Services. The program is a one day, 7-8 hour program typically from 8:30am-4:30pm. There are two different age groups, 18 and under and 19 or older. The Beatrice, Nebraska City and York offices typically host these groups, please contact these offices for the appropriate dates, times and other registration information. 

Telehealth Services

Blue Valley Behavioral Health (BVBH) is one of the leading behavioral health telehealth providers in Nebraska. Telehealth is when treatment services are provided over the internet (meeting Federally approved internet confidentiality and security standards) and the provider and client are in two different office sites. Both are able to see and communicate with each other over a monitor/screen and the session proceeds as if they were in the same room with one another. BVBH has been able to integrate telehealth with several of their outpatient services (Mental Health/Substance Abuse Therapy, Substance Abuse Evaluations, and Medication Management) and can be provided in any of their 12 office locations in Southeast Nebraska. Adults and children, along with individuals and families can use telehealth in an effective way. BVBH applies certain tested procedures to ensure the telehealth experience is successful for both the client and provider. It has been through the use of this progressive and effective use of telecommunication that people are able to access treatment services faster, have less time to wait for their initial and ongoing appointments and attain services that may have once been unavailable to them. Each BVBH office is set up for the use of telehealth and is provided on a regular basis. Please contact your local office for further information.