Children and Youth Services Licensing

Pat Urzedowski
Program Manager

 
 
WE’VE MOVED! 
 
In order to be more accessible to our customers, the Licensure Unit offices for support services and professional, occupational, and children’s services licensure have moved to the first floor of the State Office Building. The move is scheduled for November 19-21, 2014.  Phone coverage is available, but it will be difficult to provide service to walk-in customers until the move is completed. Our new location is in the northeast corner of the first floor, just inside the entrance on the east (Centennial Mall side) of the State Office Building.  Licensure Unit offices for health care facility licensure and for research, policy, and quality improvement remain on third floor.  We thank you for your patience during our transition.

 

bb_cy.gif (271 bytes) Applying for a License
          Initial Licensure
          Renewal License
bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)  Changes in the License
bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)  Inspections
bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)  License Lookup
  bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)Licensee Fees
  bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)Complaints
  bb_cy.gif (271 bytes)Contact Information
  bb_cy.gif (271 bytes) Rules and Regulations/Statutes
         Regulations  NAC 474; Chapter 6
         Statute 71-1924-1951

Child Placing Agency Roster
Group Homes and Child Caring Agency Roster

Group Homes, Child Caring and Child Placing Agencies

Nebraska law requires any individual (person, partnership, limited liability corporation) who provides foster care services to children and youth must be licensed.  According to Nebraska Statute, foster care means a service that provides twenty-four-hour daily care, supervision, custody, or control over children for compensation or hire.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, issues three types of Children and Youth Services Licenses:

Group Home:  Program operated under the auspices of an organization which is responsible for providing social services, administration, direction and control for the home.  This type of program is designed to provide twenty-four-hour care for children and youth in a residential setting.

Child Caring Agency:  An organization which is incorporated for the purpose of providing care for children and youth in buildings maintained for the organization for that purpose. 

Child Placing Agency:  An organization which is authorized for its articles of incorporation and by its license to place children in foster family homes.  

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Initial Licensure

To apply for an initial license, the applicant must submit an application to the Department. 

Upon receipt of a completed application, contact will be made to schedule an initial inspection date.  Individuals must not provide any services to children or youth in Group Homes, Child Caring or Child Placing Agencies until the inspection has been completed and a license can be issued.

All Group Home, Child Caring and Child Placing Agency licenses are effective for two years.

All application materials must be submitted to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Licensure Unit
Children’s Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE68509-4986

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Renewal Licensure

All Group Home, Child Caring and Child Placing Agency licenses expire two years from the day they are issued.

Notice of renewal is sent to the licensee's preferred mailing address not later than 90 days prior to the license expiration date.  To renew a license the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed written application
  2. Required licensee fees

If the applicant submits a completed renewal application 30 days ore more before the license’s expiration date, the license shall remain in effect until the department either renews or denies the application. 

All renewal application materials must be submitted to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Licensure Unit
Children’s Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE68509-4986

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Change in License

Any licensee who needs to make a change to the license must obtain approval from the Department of Health and Human Services.  To obtain approval, the licensee must submit a completed application to amend the license to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Licensure Unit
Children’s Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE68509-4986

Changes in the license include:  Change of location, change of administrator, and change in ages of children for which the program provides care

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Inspections

Group Homes, Child Caring and Child Placing agencies are required to have pre-licensing inspections before they can begin operation. Nebraska statutes require the department to investigate applicants to determine if licensees are able to ensure and proper care and treatment of children.  Once licenses, the department may inspection the facility where a licensee is furnishing care to children and youth to see that such services is being properly conducted.  Types of inspections include:

  • Initial licensure
  • Renewal licensure
  • Complaint investigation
  • Change in the use of the facility (changing capacity, adding rooms, change of service)

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Licensee Fees

* Provisional and Probationary License Fees
   for Group Homes, Child Caring, and
   Child Placing Agencies
$25
* Initial and Renewal License Fees for Group Homes,
   Child Caring, and Child Placing Agencies
$50

* Fee must be received before a license will be issued

* Fees are Non-refundable
* Check of Money Order must be made out to the
State of Nebraska
* Cash is not accepted

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Complaints

The Department investigates all allegations of licensing violations in children and youth care facilities.  Complaints related to a licensed Group Home, Child Caring or Child Placing Agency can be registered in one of the following methods: 

  • Contacting Children’ Services Licensing at 1-800-600-1289
  • Faxing the written complaint to (402) 471-7763
  • Regular Mail:

Department of Health and Human Services
Children’ Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, Ne  68509 

 When making the complaint, please include the following: 

  • Name of facility
  • Address of the facility
  • Person filing the complaint and their telephone number (names are kept confidential)
  • Nature of the complaint/date of incident (Please specify the concerns you have about the facility including any names, dates, and times that describe the incident(s); and your relationship to the subject of the complaint / incident(s). Please also include the names of other individuals who may have knowledge of this incident.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address
Department of Health and Human Services-Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
Children's Services Licensing
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, Ne 68509-4986

Telephone: 1-800-600-1289 or (402) 471-9278
Fax: (402) 471-7763

Physical Address
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Street
3rd Floor
Lincoln, Nebraska

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Monday through Friday

Children and Youth Licensing Contacts

Claire Shannon
Child Care Services Inspection Specialist
Phone: 402-471-9211 
E-mail: claire.shannon@nebraska.gov

Patricia Urzedowski, Program Manager
Office of Children's Services Licensing
Phone: (402) 471-9431 Fax: (402) 471-7763
E-mail: pat.urzedowski@nebraska.gov

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