PicturesAgingMedicaid Waiver InitiativePress ReleasesSearch Nebraska DHHS: Children's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Statewide Infrastructure Grant (SIG): Steering Committee Page Content Medicaid Program Home Statewide Infrastructure Grant Home Federal Context of SIG Committees Links Glossary of Terms Contact Us Nebraska Medicaid ProgramCurrent 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: Identify current Nebraska researchers and their areas of interest related to the focus areas Review current programs in Nebraska and identify best practices to build on for children’s mental health and substance abuse delivery system 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 SponsoringState 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 Documents in PDF format require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.