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Hi, Jackie! I believe I can be of help with this issue. First, let me say I can imagine how worrisome this situation must be for you. Your sister is truly very fortunate to have you.
I infer from your having called the police that the depression got to suicidal attempt. So the urgency is very high. The fact that there is no insurance complicates things.
So, you may have to go to the ER of the big city hospital in Omaha that has a psychiatric department with her when she is suicidal. She may have to hospitalize until she's stable. Keep this in the back of your mind.
Next, you need to get her on Medicaid. It's the government, so be patient with them because you'll need to keep asking if you have the right person and the right department. The phone number in my directory for Nebraska DHHS is(NNN) NNN-NNNN Get her on Medicaid asap. Once she's on Medicaid, then you ask for their provider list. You look for psychologists and psychiatrists. You want a psychologist as well so you don't just wind up with someone giving her meds and seeing her for 15 minutes every couple of months. You can interview the psychologist to see his/her attitude to FM. The main problem is that Medicaid pays very little so you don't know who might be on their list.
You then see from the same people at DHHS how she can apply for Medicare Disability. That will give her a different provider list. Medicare pays more so the list will be longer.
Really, these are the steps you need to follow. She needs long term care in therapy. You can't just be her sole emotional support. So do your best with Medicaid.
I wish you the very best!
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