"Simply put, the bid was bad. The work to prepare the bid was not accurate," interim St. Francis CEO William Clark told lawmakers. But he attributed the problems to sloppy work, not bad intentions.
State officials said Friday that, given the opportunity to do things differently, they never would have signed the original contract with St. Francis Ministries.
Legislative hearing last week put a spotlight on deeply troubling failures in Douglas and Sarpy Counties by St. Francis Ministries.
After a fast start to getting COVID-19 shots into people’s arms, Nebraska has settled into the middle of the pack when it comes to administeri…
When a Kansas-based nonprofit offered to oversee Omaha-area child welfare cases for 40% less than the state had been paying, most Nebraskans involved in child welfare saw a disaster in the making.
Nebraska has no backup plan to care for abused and neglected children in the Omaha area if an embattled Kansas nonprofit can no longer do the job, a top state official acknowledged Wednesday.
"You did wrong the minute the contract was signed with St. Francis Ministries! A bid of 60% less than others didn't ring any bells that something was wrong?"
The emergency, no-bid contract will allow the embattled St. Francis Ministries to continue to oversee the care of abused and neglected children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties through February 2023.
The embattled private agency overseeing child welfare cases in the Omaha area will run out of money for operations by Feb. 12, an official said Friday, so the state is negotiating a new contract.
History can provide critical lessons for the present. That's the case in Nebraska government this week in the wake of tensions between the executive and legislative branches.
LINCOLN — Nebraska got federal approval Tuesday to implement a two-tiered system of benefits for most Medicaid expansion patients.
Only 11% of the state's population is Latino. But those Nebraskans account for half of the coronavirus cases for which ethnic information was collected, as well as 40% of the hospitalizations and one in every five deaths. While 2% of Nebraskans are Asian American, they comprise 7% of cases, 8% of hospitalizations and 6% of deaths.
Courtney Miller, Nebraska's developmental disabilities director, is stepping down to take a job within the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She will leave her Nebraska job on April 4.
A bill that would require the state to reopen the Youth Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for female juvenile offenders in Geneva drew little testimony Thursday. Only two Geneva residents spoke, and Department of Health and Human Services CEO Dannette Smith sent a letter instead of appearing in person to oppose the measure.