The one-year deal with Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) is nearly $60 million, the same amount currently paid.
Dave Newell, NFC president and CEO, says collaboration is key to the organization’s success in serving Douglas and Sarpy counties.
“We’ve done a lot of outreach to all the different community partners,” Newell tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We know we still have a lot more work to do in regards to that, but it takes everybody in the community to do this and Douglas and Sarpy county stakeholders have really come together to improve outcomes for kids and families.”
The new contracts begins July 1, 2016, and rewards Nebraska Families Collaborative for permanently reuniting kids with their family and reducing substantiated abuse.
“We get a lot of our infrastructure from Boys Town, which is a major support for the agency, and Boys Town invested substantial amounts of money in launching this initiative in Omaha, so that was a major contributor,” Newell says. “I think the partnership with the Department has progressively gotten better.”
In addition to Boys Town, other founding partners are Child Saving Institute, Heartland Family Service, Nebraska Family Support Network, and OMNI Behavioral Health.
NFC serves Douglas and Sarpy counties and would need legislative approval to extend its services beyond those. Newell says there are no plans to move beyond the current service boundaries.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:43]