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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2012
Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-8287
DHHS to Contract with NFC for all Case Management Services in Eastern Service Area
Lincoln – Kerry Winterer, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that beginning March 1 Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) will provide child welfare case management services for all children and families in DHHS’s eastern service area. This includes Douglas and Sarpy counties.
The announcement comes two days after DHHS announced it would be terminating its relationship with KVC Nebraska, a lead contractor providing case management in the DHHS eastern and southeast service areas. NFC is currently responsible for two-thirds of the families and will assume the remaining one-third served by KVC in the eastern service area.
“This is good news,” said Kerry Winterer, DHHS CEO. “NFC’s stronger presence and relationship with DHHS stabilizes the system. Our primary interest is for a seamless and cooperative transition for the children and families who need these services; NFC has stepped forward and is able to provide that.”
“We believe NFC’s management of these additional services is what’s best for kids and families,” said Dave Newell, Nebraska Family Collaborative Executive Director. “We will transition KVC employees to positions within NFC to minimize any disruption for kids and families.”
Winterer said that now all families, providers, law enforcement agencies and courts in the eastern service area will work with NFC case managers. “This provides stability, consistency and accountability while reducing potential confusion in the system, which are critical for child welfare reform to move forward,” he said.
Scot Adams, DHHS interim director for children and family services, said the private sector has much to contribute to child welfare reform. “We can learn from private agencies like NFC that have access to cutting-edge research and data systems and the ability to be more flexible to changing dynamics,” he said.
DHHS currently manages cases in its northern, western and central service areas and will assume case management of previous KVC cases in the southeast service area March 1. Recent results of federal measures indicate reform efforts are improving care for children.