Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services CEO Courtney Phillips released DHHS’ second annual business plan, titled “Good Life. Great Mission. Helping People Live Better Lives.” The business plan identifies and details 20 key priority initiatives that will guide the work of DHHS through the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
“These DHHS initiatives align with my top priorities, including making state government more efficient, more effective, and more customer-focused,” said Governor Ricketts. “The DHHS business plan for the coming year will continue the department’s focus on these priorities through strategic actions, measurable outcomes, and transparency.”
Phillips said some of this year’s initiatives will build on the progress made on last year’s priorities while others provide new opportunities for DHHS and ultimately, for those the agency serves. The 20 initiatives are aimed at integrating services, promoting independence, focusing on prevention, leveraging technology, and increasing operating efficiencies.
Each goal will result in measurable improvements and continue a commitment by the agency to be accountable and transparent. The initiatives include: Integrating Services and Partnerships, Promoting Independence through Community Based Services, Focusing on Prevention to Changing Lives, Levering Technology to Increase Effectiveness and Increased Operating Efficiencies and Improvements.
Earlier this week, Governor Ricketts highlighted achievements from the past year made by DHHS as part of its first ever business plan, including:
- Sustained reforms with ACCESSNebraska
- Shorter application period for professional licenses
- Coordinated Medicaid service delivery through Heritage Health
- Transformed behavioral healthcare for children
- Customer-friendly developmental disabilities services application
A look back on the agency’s progress over the last year can be found by clicking here.