In 2009, five member organizations—Boys Town, Child Saving Institute, Heartland Family Service, Nebraska Family Support Network, and OMNI Behavioral Health—came together to create what is now known as the Nebraska
Families Collaborative. Members from these organizations serve on NFC’s board of directors and continue to provide guidance.
Developing NFC was a direct result of the Nebraska Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Reform, which had these goals:
- Improved outcomes in the areas of safety, permanency and well-being
- More children served safely at home rather than in out-of-home care
- Shared ownership in achievement of outcomes by public-private connections
- Streamlined system for families with reduction/elimination in service gaps
- Greater use of best practices and evidence-based models
- Provide continuity of services and stability of placement
- Individualized service plans vs. a limited menu of specific services
- Performance-based contracts with some incentives and sanctions
- Aftercare services
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Nebraska Families Collaborative sign implementation contract with full transition of one-third of children and families in the child welfare system of Douglas and Sarpy Counties on January 1, 2010.
- Nebraska Families Collaborative assumed service coordination of child welfare and juvenile justice in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
- DHHS and Nebraska Families Collaborative amend contract to transfer case management responsibilities to Nebraska Families Collaborative.
- The Nebraska Families Collaborative Community Advisory Board was founded.
- Nebraska Families Collaborative begins serving all of the children and families in the child welfare system residing within Douglas and Sarpy Counties (Approximately 46% of the child welfare population in Nebraska).
- Nebraska Families Collaborative became nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) for the first time
- Nebraska Families Collaborative added community representative to the Board of Directors.
- Nebraska Families Collaborative employees spearheaded the Duffels 4 Dignity program.
- Nebraska Families Collaborative established Community Advisory Committees.
- Douglas and Sarpy counties were meeting 4 of 6 Children and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) measures.
- Douglas and Sarpy counties met all Round 2 Child and Family Service Review measures for the first time in the Eastern Service Area history.
- 92% of youth served by Nebrsaka Families Collaborative were discharged to permanency.
- 91.2% of youth served by Nebrsaka Families Collaborative were placed in family-based care.
- Nebraska Families Collaborative receives reaccreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) as a case management and network provider.