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HHS to host town hall meetings on Omaha-area child welfare changes

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Jul 25, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will hold public town hall meetings to discuss the child welfare changes in the Omaha-area.

“We know people have questions regarding the future of case management services in Douglas and Sarpy counties and we want to be responsive and transparent as we move into a bright new era of supporting families, protecting children and improving outcomes,” Matt Wallen, DHHS Division of Children and Family Services Director said.

The Department signed a contract with Kansas-based Saint Francis Ministries earlier this month to provide child welfare case management services including family preservation, service coordination, foster care, adoption and resource family recruitment.

The contract takes effect January 1, 2020.

The town hall sessions are:

Tuesday, July 30th

  • North Omaha High School -- Viking Center
  • 4410 N. 36th Street
  • Session 1: 3-5 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7th

  • Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
  • 2825 Y Street
  • Session 1: 3-5 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6-8 p.m.

Saint Francis Ministries representatives will join DHHS at the town hall meetings.

At the sessions, DHHS will give a presentation then the public can ask questions.