Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
Annual Conference Room Reservation Date To Be Re-Announced

The date and time was when room reservations were to be opened for the annual conference in Kearney was cancelled. The conference will still be held at the Younes Conference Center on December 11 - 13, 2019.

Due to flooding in the Kearney area and affecting the several hotels in the Younes Conference Center location the opening date for room reservations will be announced at a later date and after room availability has been determined.

Please watch for updates in the NACO E-line , where we will announce the new date for the opening time for room reservations. It will also be posted on our website.
Disaster Incident Management
Liaison Officer Training Held
A Two-day Liaison Officer Training Course was held at the Wayne Fire Hall on July 17 and 18. The training was hosted by Wayne County Emergency Management and taught by Blue Cell . The Liaison Officer is the member of the Incident Management Team that works with agencies such as cities and counties involved in a disaster and is a direct link to the disaster’s Incident Commander to help insure their concerns are addressed. The training included attendees from the Nebraska Department of Corrections, the Red Cross, the University of Nebraska Disaster Response and a number of Northeast Nebraska Emergency Managers. The highlight of the training included a live 90-minute video chat with former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director, Michael Brown.

For more pictures, click here .
Autonomous Vehicle 101 Seminar
Nebraska's Innovation Campus Conference Center will be the location of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Seminar on August 8.

Join your colleagues from in and around the Grand Island - Lincoln - Omaha I80 corridor at a full-day seminar exploring the key aspects of the Autonomous Vehicle Economy and learn about the infrastructure and policy changes that Nebraska counties, satellite cities and small towns need to make in order to take advantage of electrification and self-driving technologies.

To learn more about the seminar, click here .
NACo Offers High Performance Program
With Scholarships Available
NACo is offering a 12-week online leadership program with content provided by industry leading executives. The curriculum provides best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and how to deliver increased value from high performance county management. Take a look at the program agenda by clicking here .

Contact Candace Meredith at NACO to learn more about a scholarship opportunity to attend the August 2019 session.
Transportation Providers
Seeking Award Nominations
The Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers are seeking nominations for their awards ceremony to honor transit managers and others who support public transit. The awards will be presented at the September Annual Meeting. Nominations are being sought by county and public officials alike. There are five categories for consideration in your nominations. The categories include; Rookie Manager of the Year, Public Transit Manager of the Year, Pioneer, Friend of Transit and In Appreciation For Retirees.

The nomination form can be found here . The application deadline is August 9.
Legal Line
Mental Health Overview as Related to County Government Functions
(First in a Series)

Recent education efforts about mental illnesses, its complexity and its prevalence in different situations that counties are responsible for and deal with have been incorporated into workshops and the recent Stepping Up Summit provided by NACO. Specifically, topics have addressed suicide, mental health illnesses in jails and other related issues. The importance of addressing such issues is evidenced in part by the staggering statistics illustrating the numbers of individuals/youth, dollars lost in employee productivity, dollars spent in health care, loss of life to some and many other related and complex issues.

In no way will this article address every facet or nuance of the various mental health issues impacting county government, its employees, constituencies of counties or individuals. The complexity and breadth of the mental health topic is tremendously enormous and can and frequently is impacted by co-occurring issues such as substance abuse, etc. This article is intended to perhaps begin a series of articles related to the mental health topic but more importantly continue NACO’s educational efforts related to mental health, suicide and related issues due to its prevalence in county government and society as a whole with many of these issues impacting the role of the county governments throughout the state.

Importantly, as stated by the American Psychiatric Association, “Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.”

The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) – Southern Arizona describes mental illnesses as:
  • … medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
  • Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible….
  • Mental illnesses are serious medical illnesses. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's "character" or intelligence. Mental illness falls along a continuum of severity. Even though mental illness is widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion-about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 Americans-who live with a serious mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that One in four adults-approximately 57.7 million Americans-experience a mental health disorder in a given year.

As outlined by the National for Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:
  • Mental health disorders are among the most burdensome health concerns in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 US adults aged 18 or older (18.3% or 44.7 million people) reported any mental illness in 2016.

Facts according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
  • 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
  •  Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million adults) in America live with a serious mental illness.

Further, the frequency of mental illness by diagnosis is:
  • 1.1 % or 1 in 100 (2.4 million) American adults live with schizophrenia;
  • 2.6 % (6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder;
  • 6.9 % (16 million) of American adults live with major depression; and
  • 18.1 % (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders.

Statistics illustrating the impact of mental health issues in society include the following:
  • An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
  • Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.
  • Just over half (50.6%) of children with a mental health condition aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

As illustrated above, there are numerous issues related to mental health in the different environments of a county government and county. Given the number of topics, further information will be provided in future LegalLines , including employment and jail/corrections issues related to mental health In the event, additional assistance on some of these topics is desired, while not exhaustive, this resource list may provide assistance to you or impacted individuals or family members. 

Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This article has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.
County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county.

To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to .

News from NACo
Douglas County, Nebraska Commissioner

NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson shares a little bit about herself.
Annual Conference Room Reservation Date
New date will be announced and posted in the E-line and on the NACO website

Assessors Workshop
August 26 - 29, 2019
Gering Civic Center, Gering

Register of Deeds Workshop
September 13, 2019
Younes Conference Center, Kearney

Central District NACO Meeting
September 19, 2019
Leadership Center, Aurora

Northeast District NACO Meeting
September 20, 2019
Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk

Panhandle District NACO Meeting
September 25, 2019
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport

West Central District NACO Meeting
September 26, 2019
Ogallala Convention Center, Ogallala

Southeast District NACO Meeting
October 18, 2019
Career Academy, Lincoln
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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