Nebraska's Tool Kit for Systems Involved in the Education of Students in Out-of-Home Care

Tool D-2:  Sample Process
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services -
Families Matter Overview

Part Three: Juvenile & Criminal Justice Systems
Section D. Nebraska DHHS - Office of Juvenile Services


In January of 2011, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) transferred child welfare and juvenile services case management functions to private contractors in the Eastern and Southeastern Service Areas of the state as part of the Nebraska Families Matter Reform. In the Eastern Service Area, two-thirds (2/3) of families receive case management from private contractors and one-third (1/3) from DHHS. The goal of the Families Matter Reform is to improve the outcomes of child safety, community safety, permanency and well-being for children, youth and families.

View the Families Matter Overview (PDF)

The Families Matter Overview illustrates the processes and responsibilities for providing services and assistance to children and youth involved in the Child Welfare / Juvenile Justice System through DHHS. Private contractor caseworkers, known as Family Permanency Specialists, handle certain case management functions previously performed by DHHS Children and Family Services Specialists (CFSS) or Juvenile Service Officers (JSO). DHHS staff assigned to work with those contract staff are now known as Children and Family Outcome Monitors (CFOM) and have taken on a new role of monitoring outcomes and analyzing data as well as continuing to make key decisions as required by Nebraska statute.

The Families Matter Overview is also available through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/OHReform/FamMatLegalD0129.pdf

Additional information about the Nebraska Families Matter Reform is provided on its website: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/FamiliesMatter/

 

For more information about Nebraska's Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems, refer to the Systems Tool Kit - Part Three, Section A.

For more information about the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Children and Family Services' Office of Juvenile Services, refer to the Systems Tool Kit - Part Three, Section D. Additional information is provided on the DHHS website: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/


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