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

Tool B-2:  Sample Processes

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services -
Families Matter Overview

Nebraska Safety Intervention System

Part Two: Child Welfare System
Section B. Nebraska DHHS - Division of Children and Family Services

Families Matter Overview

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 Family Matters 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 System and 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). 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. DHHS retains responsibility for child abuse investigations.

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

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

 

Nebraska Safety Intervention System

The overview of the Nebraska Safety Intervention System was developed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Children and Family Services to provide a summary of the primary actions and interventions which occur when a child or youth believed to be abused, neglected, abandoned or dependent, enters the Child Welfare System. The majority of those children and youth are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. In addition to cases involving children and youth, from birth to nineteen (19) years of age, the Juvenile Court's jurisdiction extends to the birth or adoptive parents or guardian.

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For more information about Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency as well as Nebraska's Child Welfare Court System, refer to the Systems Tool Kit - Part Two, Section A.

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

 

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