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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2016

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Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or
(cell) 402-450-7318, or russ.reno@nebraska.gov
 
State Issues RFP for DHHS Child Welfare Services
 in Douglas and Sarpy Counties
 
Lincoln – The State of Nebraska today (10/3) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to provide full-service case management for child welfare in Douglas and Sarpy counties for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
 
All RFPs are due to the State of Nebraska’s Department of Administrative Services not later than Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. The contract will be for five years with two, one-year renewal options. Dates are subject to change based on the needs of the State. The RFP and complete schedule, on the 11th page, are available at:  http://das.nebraska.gov/materiel/purchasing/5444/5444.html.
 
The objective of the RFP is to produce positive outcomes for children and families through a collaborative partnership with DHHS focusing on:
  • An innovative, high-quality and cost-effective approach to case management; and
  • An evidence-based and evidence-informed continuum of services.
Full-service case management includes:
  • Ensuring children are safe, achieve timely permanency, and experience improved health and enhanced well-being.
  • Effectively and actively engaging families.
  • Operating in a culture of continuous quality improvement.
  • Delivering family-centered services and supports based on the family’s needs.
It also stipulates that services for children and families support child safety, prevent out-of-home placements and support reunification and permanency for children.
 
The contract will be performance based with fixed and variable payment components and a total annual payment cap. It also will include an annual holdback provision that will be earned by the contractor based on the achievement of key performance indicators.
 
As a public-private partnership, the contract is a continuation of the pilot program authorized by the Legislature in 2012 for DHHS’ Eastern Service Area.
 
Under the contract, DHHS would continue to:
  • Staff and operate the Nebraska Adult and Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline,
  • Conduct all initial assessments of children’s safety and risk,
  • Conduct out-of-home assessments of abuse or neglect allegations in out-of-home settings, and
  • License foster homes, child care providers, group homes and other facilities.
Douglas and Sarpy counties make up DHHS’ Eastern Service Area. 
 
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