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LB 1160: Reporting and Data Requirements for Child Welfare

As Introduced: The bill requires DHHS to report to the Legislature by December 1, 2012 on their plans for implementation and the cost and schematics of a new web-based, statewide automated child welfare data system. The new data system is required to: Improve efficiency for caseworkers and access to key…...

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LB 1062: Change Adoption Subsidy Provisions

As Introduced: The bill requires DHHS to enter into a written agreement with adoptive parents on the terms of state adoption assistance. The bill also provides that adoption assistance can continue after the death of adoptive parents if the need continues and it’s allowed in the initial terms of agreement…...

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LB 993: Provide Funds and Clarify Responsibilities of Child Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams

As Introduced: The bill makes a number of changes and clarifications to statutes relating to child advocacy centers (CACs) and Multidisciplinary Teams (1184 teams): It clarifies the role of Child Advocacy Centers, specifying that their role is both to provide a location for forensic interviews and medical exams of alleged…...

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LB 961: Create a Privatization Pilot Project and Establish Caseload Standards

As Introduced: LB961 required all case management responsibilities to return to DHHS employees by September 1, 2012 including all court-involved and voluntary cases. The bill also required a ten percent reduction in caseloads of employees each year until Nebraska would be compliant with national CWLA standards. The bill also realigns…...

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LB 949: Fiscal Transparency for Child and Family Programs

As Introduced: The bill requires quarterly reporting to the Legislature on the expenditures of the Division of Children and Family Services (CFS), with any movement of $250,000 or more between programs identified. LB 949 additionally requires CFS to submit a strategic plan with clear performance measures and a report on…...

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LB 821: Create the Nebraska Children’s Commission and Inspector General of Nebraska Child Welfare

As Introduced: The bill created the Nebraska Children’s Commission with voting membership from all three branches of government and a variety of stakeholders. It also required DHHS and the Children’s Commission to prepare legislation that would create a Department of Children’s Services by January 1, 2013. In addition, LB 821…...

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LB 820: Require a Title IV-E Waiver Application, Bonus Payments for Foster Parents, Restrict Child-Specific Placements

As Introduced: The bill required the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to apply for a Title IV- E Waiver by January 1, 2013. DHHS would also have reported on the progress of its application to the Legislature by September 15, 2012. As Amended: The bill does four things:...

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LB 768: Ensure Case File Access to Adoptive Parents

As Introduced: The bill clarifies the intent of the Legislature to allow all adoptive parents access to case files, even after the adoption has been finalized. This bill builds on LB 94 which was introduced in 2011. Introducing Senator: Howard Committee: Judiciary Committee Hearing Date: January 20, 2012...

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Hungry in the Heartland

Milo Perkins, the administrator of the first food stamp program in the late 1930s, described the reason for its existence as such:  “We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other. We set out to find…...

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A Good Day for Nebraska Kids

Yesterday, our state legislature overrode a Gubernatorial veto on LB 599, a bill to restore prenatal care for all low-income Nebraska babies.   As many of you know, Voices for Children and others have been fighting to restore this care since it was lost in 2010. Today,  there are many reasons…...

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