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For Immediate Release
October 13, 2017

Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or (cell) 402-450-7318 or

Nebraska DHHS Awards Training Contract
to UNL’s Center for Children, Family and the Law


Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services today announced its intent to award a contract to the Center on Children, Families and the Law (CCFL) at the University of the Nebraska-Lincoln to provide training to Protection and Safety employees in the Children and Family Services Division (CFS).

CCFL’s bid was $6.75 million for a three-year contract with two, one-year renewals. The contract will provide cost savings of more than $500,000 per year.
The training program will build a strong foundation to prepare workers to accomplish the demanding responsibilities of protecting children and strengthening families.
“Proper training for the case management team is crucial to setting the CFS team up for success and long-term retention,” said CFS Director Matt Wallen. “Day-in and day-out our child welfare workforce shows a passion for their work and we appreciate their commitment to the well-being of Nebraska’s children. This is demanding but very rewarding work and we rely on this training to prepare our team for these jobs.”
Training includes shadowing experienced Children and Family Services Specialists as well as identifying sexual abuse and family engagement. Training will also assist team members with handling occasional long hours, on-call time, stressful situations, and secondary trauma fatigue in the workplace.
CCFL previously held the contract to provide the training services.