The Children’s Services Initiative Coalition began meeting out of concern for children’s mental health and substance abuse services. Bringing attention to both disparities in the system as well as the pain and suffering families endure in the fight for recovery, the Children’s Services Initiative assists in letting the voices of those individuals most affected by mental illness be heard.
Addressing issues such as a lack of appropriate levels of care for youth involved in the behavioral health system, long waiting periods prior to accessing needed services, families facing relinquishment of their children in order to obtain services, and funding restraints, the Coalition set out to both identify and address such tough issues.
Focus groups were held throughout Nebraska and participants were asked the following three questions:
From the responses, 244 codes were identified, 11 categories were created, and 812 quotations were recorded. Click here to view the recommendations.
The Coalition is moving from recommendations to action. The findings will be presented to individuals, families, and professionals throughout the state for assistance in determining future goals.
For additional information on the Children’s Services Initiative Coalition or to find out how you can become involved please contact Kate Speck at (402) 466-4774 ext. 335 or email@example.com.
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