Juveniles on probation in Nebraska would receive community-based treatment under a proposed pilot program that seeks to avoid making them wards of the state.
Omaha Sen. Bob Krist introduced a measure (LB985) Thursday that
would create a pilot program for juveniles. It would be administered by the Office of Probation Administration, but evaluated by the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Public Health.
The program is designed to treat juveniles who have behavioral health problems, without committing them to the state. The measure sponsored by Krist and five other lawmakers is part of an effort to overhaul the state's troubled child welfare system.