Behavioral Health Urgent Care

When you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, you need immediate expert care. Now, you can find the help you need through the Children’s Nebraska Behavioral Health Urgent Care clinic — the first clinic of its kind in Nebraska uniquely dedicated to helping those 2-22 years old experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis by providing immediate access to care.

At the Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Kearney (opening Fall of 2024), we provide immediate treatment on a walk-in basis. Our behavioral health experts are available to treat mental health conditions that are critical, but do not require an emergency room visit.

What Sets Children’s Apart?

Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Kearney is a pediatric clinic treating children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral health concerns on a walk-in basis. We provide “in-the-moment” care – equipping the whole family with skills and support when they need it most.

Our mental health professionals are experts at treating children of all ages with behavioral and mental health needs. They also work closely with the family’s doctors, school and other care team members to provide personalized treatment — to help improve their quality of life.

Treatments & Services

Our behavioral health providers offer:

  • Assessment and mental health screening
  • Crisis stabilization and psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication evaluation
  • Care coordination with pediatricians, school or other mental health providers
  • Education, support and connection with community resources
  • Brief therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Referrals

Conditions We Treat

We help children of all ages who show mental or behavioral health symptoms such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harming behavior, including superficial cuts and burns
  • Impaired thinking or emotions that result in hearing things or believing things that aren’t true
  • A history of anger, outbursts or the physical destruction of property, including a risk of harm to others
  • Stress reactions, including stomach pain and nausea, sweating, trouble focusing, irritability or trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty adjusting after a trauma
  • Isolation, loss of appetite or decreased interest in family activities
  • School difficulties, bullying or school avoidance

Contact Us

We are excited to bring the first walk-in clinic in Nebraska dedicated to helping children and adolescents up to 22 years of age showing signs of behavioral or mental health crisis. If you have further questions, please reach out to one of our Behavioral Health staff.

Renee Rafferty
Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health
[email protected]

Michael Vance , Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Health
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Jennifer McWilliams, M.D.
Division Chief of Pediatric Psychiatry
[email protected]

Jeanee Weiss
Community Health Strategy Leader
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Megan Dahlke
Manager Behavioral Health Urgent Care
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