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August 17, 2011

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services (402) 471-8287
Dave Newell, Nebraska Families Collaborative, (402) 498-1230

Case Management Transitions to Nebraska Families Collaborative

Lincoln – Case management for approximately 620 families in the Eastern Service Area will soon begin transitioning from the Department of Health and Human Services to Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC).

“We temporarily resumed case management for one-third of the families in the Eastern Service Area when Visinet’s contract was terminated in April 2010,” said Kerry Winterer, CEO for the Department of Health and Human Services. “This brings us back to our original intent to contract for all case management in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.”

“NFC and its partner agencies (Boys Town, the Child Saving Institute, Heartland Family Service, the Nebraska Family Support Network and Omni Behavioral Health) have more than 100 years of experience serving Nebraska children and families,” said Dave Newell, NFC Executive Director. “We look forward to this opportunity to serve additional children and families and work with both partner agencies and community agencies to develop a comprehensive and effective array of community-based services."

The transition of case management is expected to be complete by October 15th, at which time NFC will be providing case management for two-thirds of the families in the Eastern Service Area. KVC is currently and will continue to provide case management for 1/3 of the families in the Eastern Service Area. KVC provides all case management services in the Southeast Service Area.

NFC will be on site at DHHS on Thursday to begin interviewing current DHHS case managers who have an interest in working for NFC. NFC and DHHS will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition process for children and families.

"We will work very closely to coordinate this transition with NFC, our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that this transition is smooth for our families,” said Vicki Maca, Families Matter Administrator in the Eastern and Southeast Service Areas.

The focus of Families Matter is ensuring that children and neighborhoods are safe and that children are connected to a caring adult and are given the tools to lead productive lives.