After Implementing NCCD’s Structured Decision Making System, the Number of State Wards in Nebraska Dramatically Decline

October 1, 2012 | by  | KLKN TV News


Over a seven month period, from March 1, 2012 to October 1, 2012, the number of children in custody in the state of Nebraska has decreased by 309, a substantial reduction due largely to the state’s adoption of the Structured Decision Making System (SDM). This model, developed by NCCD, helps to identify the needs of those at risk and ways to make evidence-based decisions to help ensure a safe future for these individuals. According to the state’s director of children and family services, “Nebraska has for too long removed too many children from their homes. More accurately identifying children who can safely remain at home, not come into the system at all, or connecting families to the community sources they need are key to making that shift.” With the implementation of SDM, officials in Nebraska expect a steady decline in state wards and better outcome for at-risk individuals. 

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