- A public fact sheet regarding the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study was developed by the Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and a work group of stakeholders. The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study is one of the largest investigations ever to assess the link between childhood maltreatment and later life health and well being. The study included more than 17,000 HMO members who had physical examinations and agreed to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of maltreatment and/or dysfunction. The study suggests that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death. Those working with the child welfare and court system will find this fact sheet relevant for both the parents and children that they serve. Knowing the connection between early childhood experiences and future health and well being is important to prevention and recovery. A copy of the fact sheet can be found here.
- Cities across the state will be celebrating National Adoption Day throughout the month of November. The first celebration will be held Saturday, November 15 in Lincoln. Please click on the individual cities below for full event details.
- The 2015 Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Request for Proposal (RFP) was released by the Nebraska Crime Commission and can be viewed in full here. Proposals are due January 12.
- The Nebraska Crime Commission released their annual Crime in Nebraska report. The report notes that juvenile arrests were down 14% from 2012, while adult arrests were down 7% from 2012. The full report can be found here.
- The Nebraska legislature recently allocated five million dollars to the Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program, which provides funds to Nebraska counties and tribes to establish and deliver community-based services for youth in the juvenile justice system. Click here for full press release.
- NDHHS announced the opportunity for Medicaid coverage to age 26 includes not only youth who age out of foster care at 19, but also youth who left foster care at the age of 18. Previously, there was a question over whether the ACA provision for Medicaid coverage to age 26 included both 18 & 19 year olds. Read the story here and on 10/24 watch the public hearing on the interim study of the impact of the ACA provision on NET OnDemand.
- Most sections of legislative bill 464 went into effect on July 18, 2014. Click here to view our webinar and supporting materials including: power point slides ; jurisdictional chart; payment of services flow chart; and a section by section summary. For any questions or concerns regarding LB 464 please contact Christine Henningsenfor more information.
- The new Young Child Court Form was rolled out at the regional conferences. This form was created by a committee of mental health and juvenile court practitioners, and piloted at Omaha Kids and Judges Day. The form is intended for children around the ages of 6 to 10, and is meant to provide the child a voice in the court process and to let the judge know how he/she is doing. Local teams are urged to develop a process to ensure all young children are being encouraged to complete the form and the form is being sent to the court. Click here for the form or it can also be located under the resources tab.
- The Older Youth Court Questionnaire has been updated as part of our efforts in making the form web-based. The changes were made based on suggestions from judges and Project Everlast councils, and the language has been made more understandable to young people. Click here to find the updated form.
- A new report has been issued which outlines some of the biggest barriers the ICPC process can pose for families separated by state lines. Read it, here. For more information on the ICPC process, visit our ICPC page.
From Chief Justice Michael Heavican
|Nov 25th||11th District - Team 4 (North Platte) Team Meeting|
- Improve service delivery to the family - frontloaded, targeted to the issues and effective
- Improve our response to older youth in care
- Expedite quality evaluations and targeted treatment for substance-abusing parents
Impact from Infancy – Douglas County
Impact From Infancy is funded by The Buffett Early Childhood Fund and targets families with children age zero to five that have been removed from the parental home pursuant to an abuse/neglect filing in Douglas County Juvenile Court. The goals are to reduce the amount of time young children spend in foster care, reduce the number of placements, identify barriers to timely and appropriate service interventions, facilitate early service implementation, and decrease their risk for re-entry into the child welfare system.
Innovation in Dodge County Juvenile Court
On May 14, 2014, Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican, State Court Administrator Corey Steele, Director of Dispute Resolution and Special Programs Debora Denny Brownyard, myself, and other juvenile justice stakeholders, travelled to Fremont to visit with the Honorable Kenneth Vampola and view Dodge County’s newly renovated juvenile courtroom.
Latest Caselaw Updates
In re Interest of Shayla H. et al
In re Interest of Shayla H. et al No. S-13-643; 289 Neb. 473 Filed November 14, 2014 SUMMARY: The active efforts standard in ICWA and NICWA applies at any point in an involuntary juvenile proceeding involving an Indian child at which a party is required to demonstrate its efforts to reunify [...]
In re Interest of Nathaniel M.
In re Interest of Nathaniel M. Filed November 7, 2014 No. S-13-1066 ____ N.W.2d ____ Summary: The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ (NDHHS) appeal of the Madison County order committing a 13-year old male to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center (YRTC) was moot since the youth was [...]
In re Interest of Trace M.
In re Interest of Trace M. No. A-14-434; Not designated for permanent publication Filed October 28, 2014 SUMMARY: Exhibited was not improperly excluded from evidence when the information contained in the exhibited was included in its entirety in another offered and received exhibit. In addition, evidence that the father had control [...]
In re Interest of Maykala P.
In re Interest of Maykala P. No. A-14-264; Not designated for permanent publication Filed November 10, 2014 SUMMARY: Evidence that a father had not seen his daughter in over a year before the daughter’s removal from her home and concerns about the father’s fitness as a parent was sufficient to overcome [...]
In re Interest of Makayla W
In re Interest of Makayla W No. A-14-201; Not designated for permanent publication Filed August 26, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of the father’s parental rights was proper where the child was placed in out of home care for two and a half years and required special care. Hailey (born in 2004) was removed [...]