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Announcements

  • 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.

  • On November 5th and 6th, St. Monica's is hosting a 1.5 day professional conference called "Intersections: Improving Outcomes: Women, Addiction, Trauma, and the Law" - Details on our website. One track is devoted to issues in the Justice system (other tracks are behavioral heath and child/family issues). The justice track includes:
    • A 90 minute talk by Stephanie Covington, PhD on creating trauma informed services for women
    • A 90 minute panel (including Scott Carlson, Hon. Karen Flowers, Kim Etherton, and other staff members of the judicial branch) on Promising Practices in Drug Court
    • A 60 minute talk by Amy Latshaw on Juvenile Justice substance abuse evaluation
    • There are still a few spots left for those who would like to register.

  • 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.

  • Creighton University is offering a Law Seminar on Complex Issues in Juvenile Court Practices VII Friday on October 24th, 2014. Nebraska has approved 6.83 hours CLE, including 1 hour of Professional Responsibility. While Iowa has approved 6.75 hours CLE, including 1 hour of Ethics. Please note there is a different pricing structure this year--one fee, with the juvenile law book; and another fee, without the book. Click hereto view a detailed brochure about the seminar. Or Click hereto register.

  • 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.

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Priorities

  1. Improve service delivery to the family - frontloaded, targeted to the issues and effective
  2. Improve our response to older youth in care
  3. Expedite quality evaluations and targeted treatment for substance-abusing parents

Spotlight Issue

  • Crossover Youth Practice Model Implementation in Douglas County
    The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) aims to improve outcomes for “crossover youth” – youth who have experienced maltreatment, engaged in delinquency and are known to both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Research shows that youth who have been abused or neglected are at higher risk of entering the juvenile justice system, therefore becoming “crossover” youth. CYPM was formally implemented in Douglas County November 1, 2012 after nearly a year of program development with the local stakeholder group and technical assistance from the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR).

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Spotlight Team

  • 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.

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Latest Caselaw Updates

  • In re Interest of Izabella W.
    No. A-14-0208; Not designated for permanent publication Filed October 3, 2014 SUMMARY: A father was not denied due process when the judge denied father’s motion to transport from prison to the termination hearing, but did allow counsel to be present and the father to participate via video conferencing. In addition, termination of parental rights was in the [...]
  • In re Interest of Marcus C et. al.
    No. A-14-1091; Not designated for permanent publication Filed September 29, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of a mother’s parental rights was proper where the mother only had two visits with her children over the course of a five year case and never improved her parenting skills despite involvement in numerous services. The State of Nebraska removed LaCory (DOB 8/10/1999), [...]
  • In re Interest of Tristan C
    No. A-14-0149; Not designated for permanent publication Filed October 8, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was in the child’s best interests where the parents had failed to maintain a relationship with the child or ever inquire into the child’s well-being. Tristan (DOB 6/21/2012) tested positive for Methadone and exhibited withdrawal symptoms shortly following his birth. The [...]
  • In re Interest of Natesia P and Michael P
    No. A-14-0175; Not designated for permanent publication Filed September 22, 2014 SUMMARY: Dismissal of a petition was proper where the State failed to introduce evidence that the children witnessed or were aware of the domestic violence between the parents or evidence of a significant history of domestic violence between the parents. In addition, an incarceration of [...]
  • In re Interest of Aveah N et. al.
    Nos. A-13-604 & A-13-605; Not designated for permanent publication Filed September 24, 2014 SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was supported by evidence that the six children had been in an out-of-home placement for over three years and the parents showed no permanent improvement in their parenting skills despite being offered numerous services. In February 2010, Natasha (DOB [...]
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