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 Program Current Initiatives Children's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Statewide Infrastructure Grant (SIG) Youth Subcommittee Purpose: The Youth Subcommittee focused on the state infrastructure areas to support community efforts to meet mental health and substance abuse needs of youth and their families in Nebraska. Meeting Minutes January 1, 2006 December 12, 2005 November 21, 2005 October 18, 2005 October 3, 2005 Background: The Surgeon General's National Action Agenda for Children's Mental Health issued in 1999 framed both the promotion of mental health in children and the treatment of mental disorders as major public health goals. Despite this emphasis, some families still have difficulty accessing appropriate care for their children. Families may even give up custody of their child because the intervention they need is beyond the financial reach of the family. Youth across the United States are touched by multiple systems that are often uncoordinated. Consequently, children are falling through the cracks. Nebraska has one of the nation’s highest per capita state ward populations. Nationally, children in foster care use mental health services at a rate up to 15 times higher other children in the Medicaid system. Nebraska has a number of systems that interface with youth and their families. Protection and Safety, education, juvenile justice, and children’s behavioral health systems can partner with youth and their families to enhance state infrastructure that supports coordinated community level interventions and programs. Charge: Developed strategies to decrease the number of children who are made wards of the state primarily to access mental health and substance abuse services Developed strategies to incorporate family-centered practice into individualized plans of care for youth across systems Timeline: August – February, 2006 SponsoringState Infrastructure Grant Members: Committee Members Affiliation Location State Agency Todd Reckling DHHS Lincoln Lonnie Stark DHHS Scottsbluff Judy Vohland Dept of Education Voc Rehab Grand Island Roxie Cillessen DHHS Medicaid and Long Term Care Lincoln Barb Schliesser Department of Education UNL Lincoln Adria Bace Department of Education UNL Lincoln Karen Stevens Safe Schools Department of Education Lincoln Sue Adams DHHS Behavioral Health Lincoln Others Vicki Weisz UNL Center, Families & Law Lincoln Reece Peterson UNL Barkley Center Lincoln Deb Scholten Local Health Directors South Sioux City Jose Soto Southeast Community College Lincoln Marilyn McGary Urban League of Nebraska Omaha Kim Hawekotte Omaha Juvenile Attorney Omaha Local SOC Harriet Lambrecht Families Care Kearney Deb McCoy Region IV Behavioral Health Norfolk Renee Dozier Region V Behavioral Health Lincoln Doug Swanson Beatrice Safe Schools Healthy Students Beatrice Mary Dean Harvey Omaha Safe Schools Healthy Students Omaha John Street Grand Island Public Schools Grand Island Joan Francis Panhandle Partnership Kimball Dick Shea Sarpy County Detention Center Sarpy County Debra Schorr Lancaster County Commissioner Lincoln Rodale Emkin Supervisor - Phelps County Commissioner Phelps County Jill Shubauer Region III Behavioral Health Kearney Provider Rudi Mitchell Carl T. Curtis Health Center Macy Marcia Hovlan Director Winnebago Counseling Center Winnebago Ruth Hendrichs President and CEO Lutheran Family Services Omaha Katie McLeese Stephenson Cedars Youth Services Lincoln Denis McCarville Uta Halee/CAFCAN Omaha James White Provider Omaha Jerry Easterday Medical Association Lincoln Maria Prendes-Lintel FIRST Project Lincoln Documents in PDF format require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.