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May 24, 2010

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Agreement Reached Between the Department of Health and Human Services and Visinet, Inc.

Note: Sound bites on this topic are available at: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/audio.aspx
 
Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Visinet signed an agreement today that meets the mutual objective of ensuring that foster parents, former employees and subcontractors are compensated for the work performed while serving children and families in the weeks prior to Visinet’s closing.
 
“I’m pleased to say that this agreement allows us to pay foster parents who worked for Visinet all that is owed to them,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in DHHS. “We know this has been a difficult time for everyone involved, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked together to resolve this situation.”
 
DHHS will directly pay foster parents and subcontractor agencies, and Visinet will pay its former employees. DHHS will begin to issue payments after the payment information has been verified in approximately seven to 10 days.
 
“It’s important to note that children and families continue to get services, and almost all of the children stayed in their same placements as we worked to come to agreement,” Reckling said. “I want to thank everyone for keeping the focus on what’s best for the children and families who had been served by Visinet.”
 
DHHS is in the process of verifying amounts owed to subcontractors so that appropriate distribution can be made. Visinet is working to resolve the debts to its remaining unsecured creditors.

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