Childrens' Behavioral Health System

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 Raising kids can be hard, but finding help doesn’t have to be.

Click the links below to learn more about two Nebraska services for families with children experiencing behavioral health challenges.
Family Navigator/Family Peer Support Services

Nebraska Family Helpline

 Nebraska Family Helpline Nebraska Family Helpline - 1-888-866-8660

This new service is available 24/7/365, providing assistance to families with a youth experiencing behavioral health challenges.  Some families may be referred on to receive further assistance from a Family Navigator.  These new services were authorized in 2009 by the Children and Family Behavioral Health Support Act of LB603.

In 2009, The Children and Family Behavioral Health Support Act provided funding for three new services and the evaluation of such services. A contract was awarded to Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc for the Evaluation Services of those three new services.

  1. The Nebraska Family Helpline and Family Navigator Services.  pdficon.gif (914 bytes)NE Helpline & Navigator Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2011

  2. Family Navigator and Post Adoption/Post Guardianship Services - Right Turn.

  3. The Evaluation includes a 'Dashboard' about the Helpline,  Family Navigator and Right Turn services.
    Click here for the FY10 Annual Evaluation Report from Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.  FY11 Annual Evaluation Report from Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. FY12 Annual Final Evaluation Report from Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.

Materials for Parents:

 Nebraska has made great efforts in the past years to improve services to children and families. These successes include new plans at both the service and system levels. The Division of Behavioral Health funds outpatient treatment. It also continues to fund and expand middle intensity services including day treatment, respite care and school-based wraparound.

The Department also funds wraparound for children with serious emotional problems and their families through the Professional Partner Program. The purpose of the Program is to improve the lives of Nebraska’s children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This would be done by preventing expensive out-of-home placements, reducing juvenile crime, increasing school performance and attendance, and preventing children from becoming state wards just to get services.

pdficon.gif (914 bytes)LB 542 Implementation Report: Creating Change and Providing Hope for Nebraska’s Children, Adolescents and Their Families 2008
pdficon.gif (914 bytes) Program Annual Reports are available for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
pdficon.gif (914 bytes) LB 433 Annual Report Fiscal Year 2002, 2003

Family Networks

Another component of the service array system in the community is the family support organizations in each of the six behavioral health regions. Two offices offered a proposal to solicit bids for a new support activity called "Families Mentoring & Supporting Other Families," a joint initiative to request proposals from qualified sources to provide:

  • Strength-based, family centered, and partnership oriented supports to:
  1. parents whose children are diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance and substance dependence disorders.
  2. parents across the State of Nebraska whose children have been made state wards, or are in a voluntary case, or
  3. parent who are involved with the department as a result of a report of abuse/neglect, or
  • The intent is to ensure that parents have a voice, ownership and access to the systems of care for their child (i.e. case plans, individual educational plans, treatment plans and any other care plan).

The Department sought organizations interested in working with the State to build support services to families that will focus on giving parents an understanding of wraparound services through peer role modeling and coaching. The philosophy of wraparound includes individualized services that are developed through professionals and parents in partnership where both are serving important roles in service delivery. Services are tailored to meet the individualized needs of the child and family and based upon strength-based assessments.

Early Childhood Mental Health

A Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood Mental Health was held in May 2001. At this two day meeting, family members, providers and policy makers laid out the challenge for a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of care to meet the mental health needs of our youngest children. The Early Child Mental Health Work Group has been developing an action plan to develop a system that is child focused and family centered, culturally responsive, community based and committed to continuous improvement.

For more information contact:

Susan Adams
Network Operations Team Manager
Division of Behavioral Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-7820

Page last edited: 09/21/2011

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