In Nebraska there are two types of protective custody: Civil Protective Custody (CPC) and Emergency Protective Custody (EPC).
Civil Protective Custody (CPC)
Civil Protective Custody is a non-voluntary level of care for men or women who have been found to be intoxicated with alcohol on public or quasi-public property. Law enforcement transports these victims to protective custody at a hospital or detox center.
In Omaha at Campus for Hope victims are provided discharge planning and encouraged to enter short-term residential program to continue the detoxification process. The average length of stay in Civil Protective Custody is 11 hours. Victims will not be kept in Civil Protective Custody longer than 23 hours and 59 minutes.
Emergency Protective Custody (EPC)
Emergency Protective Custody is a non-voluntary level of care for victims who have been found to be intoxicated with alcohol on public or quasi-public property and are in danger of harming themselves or someone else.
Also, law enforcement officers who have probable cause to believe that a person is mentally ill, dangerous, or a dangerous sex offender that is likely to harm again before mental health proceedings occur may initiate EPC.
In Omaha at Campus for Hope victims are provided with a safe and therapeutic environment for detoxing. Victims are evaluated by a licensed clinical psychologist who determines whether on-going psychiatric services are necessary. Discharge planning is provided to all victims. The average length of stay in Emergency Protective Custody is 15 hours.
Public property is considered any public right-of-way, street, highway, alley, park, or other state, county, or municipally owned property.
Quasi-public property includes private or publicly owned property utilized for proprietary or business uses which invites patronage by the public or which invites public ingress and egress.
The taking of an individual into civil protective custody shall not be considered an arrest. No entry or other record shall be made to indicate that the person has been arrested or charged with a crime.