Part of LR 37 package of recommendations and introduced by the entire Health and Human Services Committee, LB 820 would require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to apply for a Title IV-E waiver.
Title IV-E is a federal child welfare funding program that provides dollars to states for the number of income-eligible children in out-of-home care. The problem with IV-E is that it could act as a financial incentive to removing kids from their homes, since federal reimbursement for in-home and prevention services is much lower (see our infographic on federal financing in Nebraska).
A Title IV-E waiver is a federal program that allows states to apply for a lump sum of IV-E money that they can use in a variety of ways – for in-home services and prevention as well as out-of-home care. The idea is that a waiver can allow a state to invest in innovative programs that keep children at home, reform child welfare services and improve outcomes for children.