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LB 556: Provide for telehealth services for children and families, and provide mental and behavioral health screenings at childhood physicals

As introduced: The intent of LB 556 is to help parents access behavioral healthcare for their children, reduce the time that a child spends out of the classroom, address the shared community goal of keeping children healthy and in school, provide access to medical and mental health specialists to rural…...

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LR 31: Continuation of the Children’s Behavioral Health Oversight Committee

As introduced: LR 31 is intended to allow the Children’s Behavioral Health Oversight Committee (also known as the LB 603 Committee) to continue its work until the beginning of the 103rd Legislature, Second Session. The committee was created as a special legislative committee in 2009 with the enactment of LB…...

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LB 518: Change certain eligibility provisions of the medical assistance program (Prenatal care repeal)

As introduced: LB 518 would repeal LB 599 (2012), which expanded coverage for certain benefits under the medical assistance program to previously ineligible persons, including persons unlawfully present in the United States. Introducing Senator(s): Janssen Committee: Health and Human Services...

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LB 380: Provide for adoption by two adult persons jointly

As introduced: Any child may now be adopted by any adult person or by two people jointly, regardless of their marital status.  Any parent of a child may consent to the adoption of that child by the parent’s spouse or by another adult who will share the parental responsibilities for…...

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LB 385: Foster Care Fairness Act

As introduced: When determining the suitability of placement, family participation and/or issuing a foster care license, the Department of Health and Human Services will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, identity, disability, marital status, or national origin.  Instead, all placement decisions will be based…...

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LB 389: Provide an income tax credit for adoption and guardianship costs

As introduced: All individuals are allowed a credit against the income tax imposed by the NE Revenue Act of 1967 for taxable years beginning January 1, 2013, there shall be a refundable credit for adoption and guardianship costs in the amount equal to 50% of the qualified costs paid or…...

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LB 503: Implementing an Alternative Response Pilot Project to a report of child abuse or neglect

As introduced: Defines alternative response as a comprehensive assessment of the risk of subsequent abuse or neglect, family strengths and needs, and the provision of a referral for necessary services and does not include an investigation or formal determination as to whether child abuse or neglect has occurred. Investigation was…...

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LB 216: Extending Supports and Services for State Wards (to 21 years old)

As introduced: Eligible former foster youth can voluntarily elect to extend case management and other services (including Medicaid, housing assistance and educational assistance) though DHHS.  Under the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Title IV-E eligibility can be extended until a former foster youth reaches…...

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LB 265: Increasing and Improving Kinship Care in Nebraska

As introduced: Broadens the allowable placement of children involved in the child welfare system by permitting DHHS or another child placing agency by redefining the definition of foster homes. Kinship home are defined as homes where the caretaker has lived with the child(ren) in care or has had a significant…...

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LB 562: Change provisions of the juvenile justice system (Seclusion, evidence based)

As introduced: The Office of Juvenile Services must adopt rules and regulations prohibiting the seclusion of juveniles placed with or committed to OJS for disciplinary purposes in any facility or treatment program operated by OJS or by a person under contract with OJS. Standards need to be created for the…...

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