FIJ Quarterly - Summer 2022 Edition

This also includes national partners and private foundations to support and to be in partnership with 22 Community Collaboratives by providing facilitation, data, research, evaluation, communication, fund development and assumes accountability, compliance, and facilitation of resources. The Process Assessment In 2006, a state-wide community-based assessment was undertaken through a collaboration between DHHS, Nebraska Children, the Nebraska Crime Commission, and the Juvenile Justice Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The assessment was conducted in over 60 counties in Nebraska. The intent was to produce an aligned facilitated process to decrease duplicative efforts across the state, assess each community’s access to available public resources and capacity for developing and implementing prevention systems of care, and identify policies and procedures which impact the development and sustainability of community prevention systems. The following needs and recommendations were identified as a result of the assessment: Table 1. Needs and Recommendations Identified in the Community Based Assessment

In addition, the assessment and planning process sought to identify and focus on addressing root causes. In Nebraska, the two leading causes of children becoming involved in the child welfare system are neglect—largely due to poverty—and parental substance abuse. Therefore, the assessment process included identifying community-based services to specifically address these issues.

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