Rehabilitative Services

Rehabilitative Services

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Rehabilitative Services is a unit within the Division of Community-Based Programs and Field Services and is led by Director Julie M. Scott. Nebraska Probation’s Rehabilitative Services is focused on the development, in-system training and implementation of behavioral health and supportive (or non-clinical) services for our adult and youth clients within Probation or Problem-Solving Courts. These services are delivered through Probation’s network of Registered Service Providers, who obtain specialized training to better understand the risk and needs of our justice populations.  Nebraska Probation is committed to reducing financial barriers so identified clients are afforded the opportunity to access behavioral health and other supportive services. In 2006, Nebraska Probation began offering financial assistance (Fee for Service) to reduce financial barriers to those individuals and families where a financial barrier to service access existed and all other resources had been exhausted.  

What does Probation’s Rehabilitative Services Provide?
As part of Nebraska Probation’s services to the Courts providing presentence/predisposition investigations and case management/supervision for adult and youth probationers at all stages, including traditional probation and specialized supervision, post-release supervision and problem-solving court participants, Rehabilitative Services is charged with ensuring all behavioral health and supportive services are high quality and evidence-based. Rehabilitative Services staff also work with Registered Service Providers and probation staff statewide regarding service development, training and implementation. These functions are defined and dictated in Nebraska Court Rule § 6-1301. (Rules on Standardized Model for Delivery of Substance Use Services.); Nebraska Revised Statute 29-2246 (Definition of treatment relating to substance use, mental health, sex offenses, or domestic violence.); and Nebraska Revised Statute 29-2252 (Probation Administrator’s use of funds for rehabilitation services.)

Standardized Model for the Delivery of Substance Use Services
Probation and Problem-Solving Court officers use behavioral health screens and risk/need assessment tools to assist in identifying needed evaluation, treatment or other supportive services that can be ordered by the Court during Pre-adjudication, investigation or supervision. Supported by a Supreme Court rule, the Standardized Model for the Delivery of Substance Use Services is used to recognize the connection between substance use and crime/delinquency and effectively address it through treatment.  Rehabilitative Services is responsible for ensuring the application of the Model and its attachments by both Probation, Problem-Solving Courts and Registered Service Providers.  Implemented in 2006, the Standardized Model was updated to reflect current evidenced-based practices, language and the incorporation of co-occurring disorders.  

Juvenile Service Definitions
Services
Services

Registered Service Providers 
In order to provide services to Nebraska’s probation, post-release supervision and problem-solving court clients, all service providers must register with the Administrative Office of Probation. Registration requires providers to demonstrate competency in working with justice-involved individuals, agree to complete ongoing criminogenic education and agree to and adhere to established service definitions and standards of practice. This system has been designed to ensure qualified providers deliver the best possible services to all probation, post-release supervision and/or problem-solving courts clients. 

Financial Assistance Program Vouchers
Vouchers are available for financial assistance and are only utilized for adults and juveniles who fall within defined risk and financial criteria.  The Juvenile Family Service Access Inventory (JFSAI) and adult version (FSAI) have been created to assist officers in determining appropriate utilization of vouchers. Additionally, Registered Service Providers apply a Sliding Fee Scale, when applicable, to identify the client or families’ contribution. It is essential that these tools are utilized for the issuance of financial assistance, as research has shown persons who invest their time and resources in treatment will be more successful. 

Service Definitions for Youth and Adults
Rehabilitative Services is responsible for the development, delineation, training and implementation in support of youth and adult service definitions for both behavioral health and supportive services. Over the past year, extensive, multi-phase projects have been launched to update all service definitions. Youth service definitions for both behavioral health and supportive services have been written and vetted for public comment. These updated, more comprehensive definitions will be posted in June 2017 and implemented by Probation, Problem-Solving Courts and Registered Service Providers in July 2017. Current service descriptions and requirements can be accessed through the Juvenile Services Guide. Adult Service definitions are currently in the process of being re-written and should be updated by the end of 2017. Current service definitions for substance use and co-occurring services can be found as part of Attachment 6 of the Standardized Model for the Delivery of Substance Use Services.

Chemical Testing, adult and juvenile: 
Because the vast majority of individuals coming through the justice system are experiencing substance use or use-related issues, chemical testing is an integral part of effective community supervision. Individuals on Probation or involved in Problem-Solving Courts identified with substance use issues or disorders are placed on a chemical testing schedule to initially assist in establishing a period of sobriety. As the individual progresses on supervision, chemical testing helps to showcase changed behavior.  Specialized chemical testing, such as ETG (Ethylglucuronide) is used to identify alcohol use for up to 80 hours.  In addition to chemical testing, supportive services such as Continuous Alcohol Monitoring or CAM, are used to help monitor alcohol usage 24/7 through an ankle bracelet worn by a probationer.

Rehabilitative Services (Fee for Service Voucher) Advisory Committee
The Fee for Service Voucher Committee is an advisory committee created to assist the Administrative Office of Probation to manage its Fee for Service Voucher System. The purpose of the committee is to provide technical and practical assistance to the Administrative Office of Probation, to serve as an information conduit to all community-based providers, to understand the connection between treatment and crime control, and to assist Probation in its responsibility to use State dollars in a meaningful and effective way. The committee is charged with (a) providing direction and advice on public/provider/consumer engagement and process, including direct interactions; (b) considering and balancing the concerns/issues of affected stakeholders with State funding limitations, while building public consensus for committee recommendation; (c) review the utilization of alternative funding mechanisms;  and (d) make recommendations to the Administrative Office of Probation concerning the Fee for Service Voucher System as a financial aid program. 

Supportive Services
For adult clients, additional supportive services may be used to support treatment interventions and ongoing accountability. Electronic monitoring can be used to promote following schedules, abiding by curfew and overall responsibility. Higher risk clients may also be monitored using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to ensure community safety.

Due to their unique developmental needs, juvenile clients may be referred to an array of supportive services that support successful completion of probation. Specialized services could include electronic monitoring, tracking services, educational support and other interventions to improve youth accountability and improve family functioning. When out-of-home placement is necessary, youth may be referred to a range of short- and long-term placements that range from foster care and group homes to psychiatric residential treatment facilities.

Resources
Contact Information
Contact Information
Deb Minardi, Deputy Administrator  State Capitol, Rm 1209

(402) 471.3525

Bob Denton, Assistant Deputy 521 S. 14th St., Rm 230 (402) 471.1752
Julie M. Scott, Director of Rehabilitative Services 521 S. 14th St., Rm 220

(402) 471-3526

Dustin E. Bartley, M.S., LIMHP, LADC, Adult Behavioral Health & Supportive Services Specialist

 

(402) 471.1761

 

 Teresa Campbell, M.S., LMHP, LADC, Service Fidelity Manager

 

(402) 471.3155

 

John W. Danforth, M.S., LIMFT, Service Provider Network Manager                                                                     

 

(402) 471.1768

 

Melissa M. Koch, M.S., LIMHP, Juvenile Behavioral Health & Supportive Services Specialist

 

(402) 471.4887