"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.
A report found the private contractor has failed to meet state mandated caseload limits for workers, failed to meet monthly with children in care and failed to document case plans within 60 days.
Legislative hearing last week put a spotlight on deeply troubling failures in Douglas and Sarpy Counties by St. Francis Ministries.
A child-abuse pediatrician warned that vulnerable children have been falling through the cracks ever since Nebraska contracted with a Kansas-based nonprofit to manage Omaha-area child welfare cases.
The nonprofit, 18 months into its contract, is failing to meet key requirements. Once its contract is up, St. Francis must go.
Nebraska over the years has failed to make sure some high-dollar contracts are responsibly vetted. Next year, the Legislature must reform state contracting processes to ensure proper accountability.
Legislative Resolution 29, passed 40-6, calls for the creation of a legislative committee to look into how Nebraska ended up signing a $197 million, five-year contract with St. Francis Ministries.
Nebraska officials are demanding the embattled private contractor managing Omaha-area child welfare cases fix key problems, including several that were supposed to be already fixed.
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.
A decade ago, Nebraska's child welfare system plunged into years of crisis. The state's effort to shift to private providers was a failure, and it took years to put services back on a positive path.
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LINCOLN- St. Francis Ministries of Kansas took over its first Omaha-area child welfare cases and their current case managers this week.
In a briefing for state lawmakers, officials said about 300 cases had been moved from the Omaha-based PromiseShip to the Salina, Kansas, nonprofit, along with 20 case managers since Monday.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with Kansas-based St. Francis to provide child welfare case management in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
For the second year in a row, Morningside’s season came to an end on the home field of St. Francis (Ind.) as the Cougars came away with a 43-36 win in the NAIA semifinals on Saturday.