Law enforcement officers and medical personnel are called into situations every day where they are asked to make decisions regarding the needs of individuals experiencing crisis – some of these crisis involve individuals suffering from mental illness. The Assessment, Support and Prevent Program (ASAP) offered through Heartland Family Service is a team of volunteer, on-call licensed therapists trained in crisis intervention and communication who respond to Sarpy County Law Enforcement Officials in crisis situations.
The Child Welfare System has long been a source of grave concern to Nebraskans. We see more and more families living in ways that are detrimental to the health and well being of children; sometimes the safety of the child is of such serious concern that children are removed from their homes. In other circumstances, children need to receive mental health care, and the only option available for parents so that their child may receive this care, is to ask that their child be made a ward of the State, in essence terminating their own parental rights, and having the child removed from their home.