State and Statute: Nebraska, Stats. §§ 28-710 et seq.
What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, sexual exploitation, or mental abuse or neglect. [28- 710(2)(b)]
Mandatory Reporters: Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect. [28-711(1)]
How and Where to Report: Orally by telephone to the Department of Health and Human Services, a law enforcement agency, or the state's 24-hour, toll-free hotline (1-800-652-1999), followed by a written report. [28-711(1)(2)]
Timeline to Report: Immediately. [28-711(2)]
Clergy Privilege: "The privileged communication between patient and physician, between client and professional counselor, and between husband and wife shall not be a ground for excluding evidence in any judicial proceeding resulting from a [child abuse report]." [28-714]
Penalty for Knowingly Failing to Report: Class III misdemeanor. [28-717]