Nebraska Medicaid Program

Current Initiatives

Children's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Statewide Infrastructure Grant (SIG)

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In October 2004 Nebraska DHHS received funding to develop a statewide Children’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse delivery system. The work of the grant will systematically address the delivery system for the following populations.
  • Children age birth to 5
  • Youth
  • Youth with co-occurring disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Transition age youth

A statewide Steering Committee oversee the work of the grant.  Three subcommittees were formed to address specific focus areas and report to the Steering Committee.  Family members and youth were members of all committees.  The Early Childhood and Youth subcommittees completed their recommendations and submitted them to the Steering Committee on February 27, 2006.   The Evaluation/Academic Subcommittee continues to meet.  The three subcommittees are:

The infrastructure and delivery system will be addressed at the state, regional and local level.  Key elements being addressed in the include:

  • Coordination across agencies
  • Family centered approaches across systems
  • Coordinated service plans
  • Single point of accountability
  • Outcome information
  • Standard assessment
  • Establish best practices
  • Clear policies regulating similar services
  • Prevention and early intervention focus

Key Dates:

01/16/08 Steering Committee Meeting 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Lincoln Foundation Building Conference Room: 215 Centennial Mall South 5th Floor Lincoln NE.

SIG Recent Updates:

Added June 2007 Steering Committee Minutes to Steering Committee Web Pages

Added Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health to the Links Web Pages

SIG Resources:

PDF SIG Overview PowerPoint

PDF   SIG Finance and Organization Flow Sheet

All Committee Recommendations

PDF   Family and Youth Focus Group Recommendations


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