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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2012
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287
Transition of Case Management in Southeast Nebraska Off to Good Start
Lincoln – The transition of case management of state wards from KVC-Nebraska to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is successfully completed, according to DHHS CEO Kerry Winterer.
DHHS announced Feb. 21 the termination of KVC’s obligation for case management with the Department providing those and related services effective March 1. Two days later, Nebraska Families Collaborative agreed to assume KVC’s caseload in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
“The transition of caseloads and related services to DHHS involved preparing for the addition of new employees, equipment and other details while keeping foremost in mind the best interests of the children and families we serve,” said DHHS CEO Kerry Winterer. “We accomplished a tremendous amount in nine days and it’s a tribute to the dedication of DHHS and former KVC employees that this transition has happened smoothly.”
Winterer said following the announcement, the Human Resources and Development Section created job positions, and made temporary-job offers.
Caseloads transitioned with the former KVC employees with the intention of retaining the same case workers for children and families as much as possible, he said. Staff worked the intervening weekend to place new employees on the payroll system. Posting of the permanent jobs occurred Thursday (3/1) for case management, supervisor, clerical and resource development jobs. Several meetings have been held with the new employees to provide an orientation, process explanations and other information about state employment.
Critical to the transition was the transfer of case information, which involved coordination of information on computers, he said. The Information Systems and Technology Section worked with KVC to coordinate computer systems, email and network drives that store data. Access to DHHS’ and the previous network drive was completed. Plans are underway to move data from KVC’s network to DHHS’ network drive.
Some temporary employees, who provide direct services to families, are being hired by service providers, Winterer said. As they are hired, those employees are taken out of the DHHS system.
The accounts for more than 200 phones also were switched and new phones will be provided soon, he said. Phone numbers and voicemail followed each employee to DHHS. In addition, postage machine contracts were ended and arrangements were made to provide postage and the sending of mail.
Twenty state cars were delivered to the former KVC office in Lincoln for employee use for visitations, court hearings and other case-related transportation.
Supplies necessary for day-to-day work, such as letterhead, envelopes, files, and other materials, have been stocked in the four offices DHHS have assumed in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice and Nebraska City, he said.
“Many DHHS employees have come to work early, stayed late and worked the weekend to ensure the transition would proceed smoothly,” Winterer said. “We have more to accomplish in the coming days and weeks, but our first few days with our new employees and responsibilities have gone very well. We sincerely appreciate the hard work of the many state employees who made this happen. For everyone, the primary concern has been and remains that services are provided seamlessly during this time to the children and families who rely on us.”