State officials have unveiled the third annual business plan guiding the work of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services over the next year.
DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips says the plan has 18 initiatives with 11 carrying over from last year.
“And so, as we were going through those initiatives, really two themes continue to emerge and that was continue our mission to help people live better lives as well as quality; and really pushing forward in terms of the implementation of things and now moving to the implementation of quality-level of services we want to draw at HHS,” Phillips tells reporters during a news conference hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
The initiatives range widely in accordance with the wide range of responsibilities within DHHS. Some initiatives focus on keeping trouble families together, rather than taking children away from the home or locking juvenile delinquents up. Others focus on improving the health of Nebraskans, which includes improving birth rates and outcomes.
Phillips says it will take cooperation to pull off.
“A lot of it is going to be analyzing the data, understanding, doing education to providers, working with our birthing hospital to really drive some practices,” according to Phillips.
One initiative seeks to increase the number of Nebraska cities which make it easier for residents to walk or bike.
“And again, at the end of the day, it’s really about how do we improve our health outcomes and so driving the improvement in terms of our obesity rate and reducing some of our rates in terms of chronic disease,” Phillips says.
The governor’s office outlines the DHHS initiatives:
· Integrating Services and Partnerships: Working to create more efficient and effective ways to serve Nebraskans, DHHS is integrating services across DHHS and with stakeholders and partners. The priority initiatives include:
o Heritage Health: A Quality Approach to Managed Care
o Keeping Families Together
o Nebraska System of Care, Youth & Families
· Promoting Independence through Community-Based Services: Built on the needs of DHHS’ varied customers, community-based services provide the supports within communities to help them maintain independence and flourish. The priority initiatives include:
o Medicaid and Long-Term Care (LTC) Redesign
o Promoting Independence through Community-Based Services
· Focusing on Prevention to Change Lives: DHHS is investing in healthy behaviors, safety, and prevention to help Nebraskans achieve lifelong success and live better lives. The priority initiatives include:
o Addressing Opioid Abuse in Nebraska, Prevention & Care two ways:
§ Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention & Prescription Drug Monitoring
§ State Targeted Response Grant, Opioid Treatment
o Equip & Empower the Child Protection & Safety Team
o Improve Birth Outcomes in Nebraska
o Supporting Family Preservation & Safety
o Walk/Bike Communities
· Leveraging Technology to Increase Effectiveness: Using technology, DHHS will streamline processes; make information more accessible, timely, and customer-focused; and effectively position the agency for the future as data needs change. The priority initiatives include:
o DHHS Public Website Redesign
o Statewide eWIC Implementation
· Increasing Operating Efficiencies and Improvements: A strong base for DHHS is essential to have continued success. DHHS will focus on improvements, efficiencies, and reduction in regulatory complexities to enhance quality and performance. The priority initiatives are:
o Internal Audits, Increase Fiscal Proficiency
o Maximizing Fund Mix Adjustment
o Maintain & Improve ACCESSNebraska’s Performance
o Quality Management in Developmental Disabilities For Those We Serve
o Youth & Community Safety