About Our Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities


Outpatient Clinic

The Friendship House Counseling Clinic was launched in July of 2017 in response to the growing need for high-quality bilingual services within our diverse community of Hall County and across the state of Nebraska. As the only bilingual counseling clinic in the state, Friendship House employs four counselors, three of whom are fully bilingual in both Spanish and English, allowing for a better use of time and resources and resulting in better outcomes for the people we are privileged to serve. Specializing in both substance use and mental health evaluations and counseling, our therapists are able to address a wide array of behavioral health concerns, including:

  • Drug & Alcohol Use
  • Traumatic Life Events
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts
  • Parenting Issues
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Veteran’s Issues
  • Sex Offender evaluation & treatment (beginning November 2017)
In an effort to remain accessible to all individuals, we accept all major forms of insurance and Medicaid, as well as offer a sliding fee scale based on income for uninsured households.
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Halfway House

The mission of the Friendship House Halfway House is to provide a therapeutic living environment for adult men recovering from substance abuse to aid in the transition to the next phase of their recovery. Research indicates that in order for long-term gains to be sustained, individuals often need a minimum of 90-120 days with intense supports to prevent them from falling back into old patterns of behavior. To that end, the Friendship House has dedicated the past 49 years to providing housing and programming specifically designed to teach our men how to effectively live a productive life free from the negative influence of drugs and alcohol. The Friendship House is licensed as a Substance Abuse Treatment Provider by the State of Nebraska through Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health. The Friendship House received our third 3-year CARF accreditation in 2017, certifying our commitment to providing quality services.


Our Board Members

Barb Ernst
Wholeness Healing Center
December 2014 - Present

Bill Schlachter
April 2016 - Present

Mark Walters
September 2015 - Present

Joe Stump
Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth
August 2012 - Present
Barrett Stinson
Grand Island Independent
October 2013 - Present

Don Huldt
April 2016 - Present
Todd Wilson
Southern Power District
January 2011 - Present

Maury Green
May 2016 - Present
Donna Schuett
May 2017 - Present
Kevin Nansel
January 2011 - Present
Joel King
CCC-VP Administrative Services
August 2017 - Present
Audrey Lutz
Exec Dir Multicultural Coalition
August 2017 - Present
Anita Lewandowski Brown
Volunteer Services-SFMC
August 2017- Present