Nebraska Medicaid Program

Current Initiatives

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

Evaluation/Academic Subcommittee

Purpose:
The Academic Committee will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, consumers and service providers to plan and conduct relevant, collaborative research pertaining to children’s mental health and substance abuse.  The Committee will develop a better understanding of the policy implications of research and how research can help in addressing public policy issues.

  Meeting
Minutes

December 8, 2005

November 7, 2005

October 14, 2005

September 12, 2005

August 5, 2005

Background:
Federal, state, and local policy makers are increasingly demanding accountability for health and human services including the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. Organizations responsible for funding service delivery systems are requiring that policy and practices reflect the current state of empirical knowledge about what works. In areas in which there is little research, there is a need for policy makers and researchers to collaborate in generating knowledge that will inform public policy.

In Nebraska, there are exceptional social scientists currently engaged in science related to children’s mental health and substance abuse services, and there are experienced public officials and stakeholders with expert knowledge about real world issues facing children and their families with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Currently, however, there is not a forum for these two groups of knowledgeable Nebraskan’s to work collaboratively.

Charge:

  1. Identify current Nebraska researchers and their areas of interest related to the focus areas
  2. Review current programs in Nebraska and identify best practices to build on for children’s mental health and substance abuse delivery system
  3. Identify:
    • Processes to improve use of existing research-based knowledge in public policy
    • Critical issues to policy makers
    • Research approaches that help address these issues
    • Strategies to encourage implementation of research

 

Timeline:
August – September 2009

Sponsoring
State Infrastructure Grant

Members: 

 

Committee Members Affiliation Location

Mark DeKraai

Public Policy Center

Lincoln

Ken Gallagher

UNL Center for At Risk Children Services

Lincoln

Blaine Schaffer

DHHS – Services

Lincoln

Susan Sheridan

UNL - Center for Research on Children

Lincoln

Chris Kratochvil

UNMC

Omaha

Rich Wiener

UNL Psychology Department

Lincoln

Deb Anderson

UNO Department of Social Work

Omaha

T. Hank Robinson

UNO Juvenile Justice

Omaha

Alan Tomkins

Public Policy Center

Lincoln

Monica Sleicher

Region III Families CARE

Kearney

Leann Burback

Region I SPEAK OUT

Scottsbluff

Clifton Hogancamp

Region IV Parent to Parent Network

Norfolk

Alyssa Kruizenga

Region VI Family Support Network

Omaha

Pat Brookhauser

Boys Town

Omaha

Glenn Palmer

Mary Lanning

Hastings

Gregg Wright

UNL Center for Children, Families, Law

Lincoln

Todd Glover

UNL Center for Children, Youth, and Families

Lincoln


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