Social Work

Field Placement Agencies

Please Note: Information about field placement agencies is available from the Field Placement Coordinator and is also included in the Field Manual provided to applicants.

Updated Summer 2013

Albion

Boone County Health Center
Valorie Slizoski
723 West Fairview St.
(402)395-3109
www.central-plains.org

As an innovator in rural healthcare, we are committed to provide our patients and communities with the highest quality care and service. Boone County is a general medical hospital and provides a variety of medical social work services in an acute and outpatient setting. Student will observe and then independently provide discharge planning including many roles such as advocate, resource finder and educator. Student will also participate in interdisciplinary team and a variety of other meetings. Student will work mostly with the elderly population but will provide services ranging from birth to the end of life. Due to the acute nature of the facility, hospitals deal with life and death issues.

Broken Bow

Central Plains Center for Services
Attn: Nancy Ferguson
908 South E St.
(308) 872-6176 (68822)
www.central-plains.org

Students in this placement will assist in the various programs provided by the agency. Programs provided: Parents as teachers (increases parents knowledge of and confidence in child-rearing); preparation for adult living services (prepare youth to live independently at some point in their future); rehabilitation programs (reduce recidivism of the first and second time offenders); jobs program (bring children out of poverty by helping their parents increase their opportunity for self sufficiency and independence)

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Director: Ann Kawata
P.O. Box 508
1030 South D St. (68822)
http://dhhs.ne.gov

Contact: Jean Grand Island HHS
(308)385-6123

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Developmental Disabilities (DD) or Child Protective Services (CPS). Student working with DD will work with individuals and families. They will chair meetings, do home visits, file, and type narratives, put together files, help out around the office.

Student working with CPS may participate in individual planning, case management of ongoing cases, home visits and investigation of reports, team and community meetings. Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. Student will be able to shadow other areas of interest.

Cambridge

Tri Valley Health System
Attn: Ann S
Cambridge, NE 69022
(308) 697-3329
http://www.trivalleyhealth.com/

This agency offers a variety of health care services to the individuals in the community of Cambridge and surrounding areas. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Columbus

Columbus Community Hospital
Theresa Hilton
4600 38th St.
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-9632
www.columbushosp.org

This agency offers a variety of health care services to the individuals in the community of Columbus and surrounding areas. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Nebraska Department of Social Services
Lori Carter
2365 39th St.
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-1113
http://dhhs.ne.gov

DHHS is the state agency with the sanction to investigate child abuse. The student will be involved in the investigation team, needs assessment and ongoing service provision. Their role will likely be observation, due to legal restriction. Student may also participate in casework which provides direct provision of service to parents, foster parents and children. Student might observe and experience what services are available in the Adult Protective Services area. Since DHHS is the central agency involved with child abuse and neglect, this placement site gives experience in collaborative working relationships with other systems such as school, medical, legal and other community, local and state agencies. This agency will require background checks.

Grand Island

Asera Care – Hospice Services
Melissa Stratman
912 Concord Ave
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 379-5176
http://hospice.aseracare.com/grand-island

This agency provides hospice care to families and individuals we have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and have been given 6 months or less to live. The philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support. Hospice is an alternative choice of care giving when a physical cure is no longer possible. The student will work in a variety of settings in providing the patient services. These include in home, assisted living or nursing home. The student will observe and then independently provide emotional support, assess psychosocial status and needs of patient and families and participate with interdisciplinary teams. Student will be dealing directly with death and dying. This agency covers a lot of counties in the state and most of the time is spent traveling to see patients.

Central Nebraska Drug Court
Connie Brown-Hultine
131 S Locust St.
Grand Island, NE 68801
(402) 984-7805 (cell)
http://www.buffalocounty.ne.gov/DRUG-COURT

The Central Nebraska Drug Court is a multi-phase, judicially supervised program with comprehensive treatment services. Eligible offenders will be non-violent, chemically dependent, and willing to enter the drug court voluntarily. This court is post-adjudicatory and upon successful completion of the Drug Court Program the defendant may withdraw his/her plea and no sentencing / conviction will be imposed. Students will be involved in all aspects of the services provided to the participants. Student will have an opportunity to visit the many facilities in the state that provide services for individuals with alcohol and drug problems. Student will participate in all of the supervision activities (searches, UA testing, house & work visits, documentation & filing). They will also participate in treatment groups such as MRT. Student will tour many other agencies around Nebraska (prisons, jails, treatment centers). Requires a lot of travel time with staff on the road. A back ground in criminal justice is very helpful.

Grand Island School System
Mr. Stelk
Administration Building
123 South Webb Rd
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5900
School Social Work
http://www.gips.org/programs/social-workers

Grand Island schools recently received a grant for Social Work services in their school. Eight social workers are employed in the school system each covering a different school area. The social worker work together with student, parents, school personnel, community agencies and others to make school a successful and relevant experience for students. They assist parents and families in understanding and reducing factors which contribute to school performance problems such as: absences/ financial concerns, behavior difficulties, lack of positive peer relationships, legal involvement, health, medical and nutritional concerns and parenting skills. They provide supportive counseling on a short-term basis, and work with community agencies to understand the needs of the students/families. Students will observe and become active in providing services to children/families that have been identified as needing help.

Grand Island Veteran’s Home
David Kreutzer
2300 W. Capital Avenue
(308) 385-6252 ext. 441
http://dhhs.ne.gov/veterans/Pages/vets_gi.aspx

Nebraska Veterans’ Home serve veteran’s health needs and includes a variety of medical, nursing and rehabilitative services. This agency serves both male and female veterans exclusively. These services range from assisted living care for members able to essentially care for themselves, to skilled nursing care. The placement offers an opportunity for the student to observe and then do social histories, assessment and interact directly with veterans. Student will also participate in 1 to 1 supportive visits, care plan changes, chart reviews, obtaining notary services, staff and interdisciplinary meetings and testing/evaluating members. The student will assume his/her own cases during the semester, meeting the needs of the members.

St. Francis Medical Center
Cris McElroy
2620 W Faidley, P.O. Box 9804
(308) 398-5396
http://www.saintfrancisgi.org

St. Francis is a general medical hospital serving the Grand Island and surrounding area. This agency provides a variety of medical social work services in an acute and skilled care setting. Student will observe and then independently provide discharge planning, Medicare letters, pre-admission paperwork, ID screens for patient and observe service coordination for children birth to 3. Student will also participate in interdisciplinary team and a variety of other meetings. Student will work mostly with the elderly population but may work with a variety of populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, cancer patients or general medical illnesses. Due to the acute nature of the facility, hospitals deal with life and death situations.

Health and Human Services
Attn: Cindy Bremer
208 N Pine St.
P.O. Box 2440
(308) 385-6002
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Child Protective Services (CPS) or Developmental Disabilities (DD) or Resource Development (RD).

DHHS is the central agency involved with child abuse and neglect, this placement site give experience in collaborative working relationships with other systems such as school, medical, legal and other community, local and state agencies. Students working with CPS may participate in individual planning, case management of ongoing cases, home visits and investigation of reports, team and community meetings. Student may also participate in casework, which provides direct provision of service to parents, foster parents and children. Student might observe and experience what services are available in the in Adult Protective Services area.

Student working with disabilities will work with individuals and families. They will chair meetings, do home visits, file, and type narratives, put together files, help out around the office.

RD is the area within HHS that license and monitors foster and adoptive homes for children. Student will be involved in interviewing families for home studies, processing paperwork, conducting background checks, make recommendations and setting appointments with families wanting to become foster or adoptive homes.

Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. This agency will require background checks.

Mid-Plains Center
615 N Elm St.
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 395-1067
http://www.midplainscenter.org

This agency mainly serves families and children who are having problems. The agency provides nine different programs treating a variety of different situations in the community: Foster Care, Hall County Staff Secure, Hall County Emergency Shelter, Multisystem Therapy/Intensive Family Preservation (MST), Children's Day Treatment, Youth on TRAC, Medical Services, Outpatient/Dual Diagnosis, Family Support Services/ Community Treatment Aid. Student would be involved in various programs in the agency and will spend much of their time observing and experiencing what services are offered for the different types of family problems encountered. Students will observe direct services to families, observe legal proceedings and help with case management services, and attend interdisciplinary meetings Student will likely be involved in only 2 to 3 of the different programs listed.

Hope Harbor
Melissa Delaet
610 W Division
(308) 385-5190
www.hopeharborgi.org

Hope Harbor provides services to needy, displaced homeless and near homeless families, women, and children helping meet their need for safe shelter, meals, and supportive case management with a goal of obtaining permanent housing and becoming self sufficient. This agency provides transitional shelter which houses 56 beds and emergency shelter for 12 individuals. Student will be involved in various programs and will work directly with clients who need immediate services, provide case management and provide educational groups to the clients.

Hastings

Health and Human Services
Debbie Herbel
300 N St. Joseph Ave
(402) 462-1800
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Developmental Disabilities (DD).

Student working with disabilities will work with individuals and families. They will chair meetings, do home visits, file, and type narratives, put together files, help out around the office and will shadow other areas.

Student will work independently with their own caseload of 3 to 5 clients after initially observing the staff and getting to know the client. This agency will require background checks.

Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital
Patrick Kern
715 N. St. Joe Avenue
(402) 461-5198
http://www.marylanning.org

Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, serving the city of Hastings and surrounding communities is a non-profit, 183-bed acute care facility. Students will participate in discharge planning, health education, resource linkage and referral brokering and supportive counseling with patients and families. Students will mainly work with the older population but may also work with a variety of populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, cancer patients or general medical illness. Due to the acute nature of the facility, hospitals deal with life and death situations.

South Central Behavioral Services
Amy Sherbeck
914 W 4th
(308) 463-5684
http://scbsne.com

This agency serves individuals and families with behavioral and mental health issues. This agency provides programs offering people ways to lead more fulfilling lives. The area the students will most likely work in is Specialized Children’s Services which provide a variety of service for children including therapeutic foster care, supervised visits, tracker services, family support, and 24 hours in-home services. Student will observe staff initially and eventually work independently with family-based services. This is an excellent opportunity for the student to observe multi-systems in that the child welfare worker must often interact with the school system, medical system, and legal system and with other social service providers. This agency covers many counties in the state so a lot of traveling is required with some long day hours.

Hebron

Thayer County Health Services
Dianne Meyer
120 Park Ave
(402) 768-6041
http://www.thayercountyhealth.com

This agency offers a variety of health care services to the individuals in the community and surrounding areas. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Holdrege

Christian Homes
1923 W 4th Ave
(308) 995- 4493
www.chrisoma.com

This agency is a long-term healthcare facility. Students in this placement will work mostly with elderly people (residents) with physical disability. Most of the people live here as a long-term placement. Students will participate in interdisciplinary meetings, assessment and orientation of new residents, completing social histories and other facility forms, discharge planning and social activities.

Holdrege Memorial Homes
1320 11th Avenue
(308) 995-8059
http://holdregehomes.org

The Mission of Holdrege Memorial Homes is to provide various accommodations and services for aging persons, disabled persons, and others in need. This agency is a long-term healthcare facility. Students in this placement will work mostly with elderly people (residents) with physical disability. Most of the people live here as a long-term placement. Students will participate in interdisciplinary meetings, assessment and orientation of new residents, completing social histories and other facility forms, discharge planning and social activities.

Phelps Memorial Health Center
Dorothy Anderson
1215 Tibbals St
(308) 995-2211
http://phelpsmemorial.com

This agency offers a variety of health care services to the individuals in the community of Holdrege and surrounding areas. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Kearney

Area Agency on Aging
Jacque Sheperd
4623 2nd Avenue, Suite. 4 (68847)
(308) 234-1851
http://www.agingkearney.org

This agency serve individuals 60 years and older. The Agency provides services to the following fourteen counties: Blaine, Loup, Garfield, Wheeler, Custer, Valley, Greeley, Sherman, Buffalo, Phelps, Kearney, Furnas, Harlan, and Franklin. The programs include: Health and Nutrition, Legal, Ombudsman, Care Management, Senior Care Options, Medicaid Waiver, Insurance Counseling & Assistance, and Information/Assistance. Student will be involved in 2 to 3 of the programs offered. Student will go on home visits and visit various services provided in the 14 counties. Student will spend a combination of time on the road traveling and in the office.

Asera Care – Hospice Services
Lisa Fullmer
4111 4th Suite 50
(308) 698-0580
http://hospice.aseracare.com/kearney

This agency provides hospice care to families and individuals we have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and have been given 6 months or less to live. The philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support. Hospice is an alternative choice of care giving when a physical cure is no longer possible. The student will work in a variety of settings in providing the patient services. These include in home, assisted living or nursing home. The student will observe and then independently provide emotional support, assess psychosocial status and needs of patient and families and participate with interdisciplinary teams. Student will be dealing directly with death and dying. This agency covers a lot of counties in the state and most of the time is spent traveling to see patients.

Drug Court
Connie Brown-Hultine
131 S Locust St.
Grand Island, NE 68801
(402) 984-7805 (cell)
http://www.buffalocounty.ne.gov/DRUG-COURT

The Central Nebraska Drug Court is a multi-phase, judicially supervised program with comprehensive treatment services. Eligible offenders will be non-violent, chemically dependent, and willing to enter the drug court voluntarily. This court is post-adjudicatory and upon successful completion of the Drug Court Program the defendant may withdraw his/her plea and no sentencing / conviction will be imposed. Students will be involved in all aspects of the services provided to the participants. Student will have an opportunity to visit the many facilities in the state that provide services for individuals with alcohol and drug problems. Student will participate in all of the supervision activities (searches, UA testing, house & work visits, documentation & filing). They will also participate in treatment groups such as MRT. Student will tour many other agencies around Nebraska (prisons, jails, treatment centers). Requires a lot of travel time with staff on the road. A back ground in criminal justice is very helpful.

Good Samaritan Hospital - General Services
Attn: Crystal Hampton
10 East 31st St. PO Box 1990
Kearney, NE
(308) 865-2100
www.gshs.org

This agency is a medical hospital that staffs social workers in the Case Management Department. This agency provides a variety of medical social work services in an acute care setting. The social workers work in many areas of the hospital such as inpatient, pediatrics, maternity and cancer center. The student will have opportunity to shadow a variety of areas and independently to provide assessment, discharge planning and make community referrals. Most of the student’s time will be in a hospital setting and people admitted to the hospital are generally very ill and in crisis stage.

Good Samaritan Hospital - Rehabilitation/Sub acute Unit
Attn: Tiffany Young
10 East 31st St. PO Box 1990
Kearney, NE
(308) 865-7187
www.gshs.org

Rehabilitation and sub acute units are located in the general medical hospital. Student will spend time on both of these units. The rehabilitation unit is a 10 bed unit primarily for people who need to have intensive rehabilitation services before returning home to the community. Medical reasons for rehab would be stroke, back injury, head injury and other causes. The sub acute is a short-term stay unit for individuals who need additional services due to stroke, knee/hip surgery or pain medication management.  Student will work in both areas of the hospital being involved in admission, assessment, psychosocial histories, community resource finding, insurance claims, discharge planning and involvement in interdisciplinary team meetings. Patients on these units are primarily older individuals.

Health and Human Services
Crystal L’Heureux
24 West 16th St. P.O. Box 218
(308) 865-5009 (68848)
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Resource Development (RD), Child Protective Services (CPS) or Developmental Disabilities (DD).

RD helps license and monitor foster and adoptive homes for children in need of placement. Student will be involved in interviewing families for home studies, processing paperwork, conducting background checks, make recommendations and setting appointments.

Area of CPS, insure that children are in a safe environment. They also give families referral information. Students will observe intakes and assist with the intake and ongoing workers.

Area of DD student will serve in the role of service coordinator. The student will be responsible for seeing that individuals with disabilities are receiving adequate services and funding through the state of Nebraska. They will go on home visits, attend various interdisciplinary meetings and help implement treatment plans and goals.

Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. This internship will provide education on the services this important agency has to offer. Almost all other agencies connect in some way with HHS services. This agency will require background checks.

Kearney Housing Agency
Laurie Jameson
2715 Ave I (68848)
(308) 234-3000
www.khaweb.com

This agency provides housing assistance to seniors, person with disabilities, families and single individuals. Student will work with the self-sufficiency services program and provide referral and link resources for individuals in need. These programs provide regularly planned and implemented support. Student will work with a variety of individuals with various housing needs that can be assessed and evaluated in the Kearney community. Student will be involved in individual as well as group work.

Kearney Public School System
Lori McArthur
310 W 24th St.
Kearney NE
(308) 293-5507
http://www.kearneypublicschools.org

School social workers are involved in providing services to all students. Services can include working with the individual student in groups and classrooms. Other services include crisis intervention, consultation with school personnel, and finding community resources for students and families. School social workers are part of the assessment team for at-risk and special educations students and help students and families with transitions. School social workers work collaboratively with a school’s principal, school guidance counselor and teachers to best meet the needs of each student. Students will observe and become active in providing services to children/families that have been identified as needing help.

Mid-Nebraska Community Services
Carrie Eureck
114 East 11th Street (68847)
(308) 865-5675
http://www.mnca.net

Community Action is a large comprehensive agency which provides many different programs to the community. Mid-Nebraska changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. The student will observe and work with a lot of the programs the agency has to offer. As the student gains more experience, the student will be able to work independently with clients in programs within the agency. Students will work in the area of Head start, L.I.F.E. and C.A.R.E. programs.

Head start offers centered based child care for 3-4 years old children. The student will assist families with whatever they need, Student will help file papers, teach in the classroom, present at family night, assists FSA and go on home visits.

C.A.R.E. (child abuse resource & education) program student will give presentations on bullying, stranger danger and appropriate touch; they will assist with parenting classes and divorce education classes.

L.I.F.E. (life improvement for everyone) program provides encouraging life-coaching support by focusing more on possibilities instead of problems. Student will work independently with their own client and assist with developing goals and working towards those goals.

Mt. Carmel
Emily Burkey
412 W 18th
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 237-2287
http://www.mountcarmelhome.org

This agency is a long-term healthcare facility. Students in this placement will work mostly with elderly people (residents) with physical disability. Most of the people live here as a long term placement. Students will participate in interdisciplinary meetings, assessment and orientation of new residents, completing social histories and other facility forms, discharge planning and social activities.

Nebraska AIDS Project
Ashlee Babl
11 West Railroad Street (68848)
(308) 338-0527
www.nap.org

Nebraska AIDS Project, serving the entire region, acts to eliminate the spread of HIV and provides comprehensive services to all people affected by HIV and AIDS. Student will gain a broad perspective of social services in a health care setting. Student could participate in individual and group services, case management and resource referral and brokering. Student will provide services to clients at various stages of the disease and will visit clients in various types of living situations. Due to the nature of the disease student will occasionally be dealing with death and dying issues.

Nebraska Children’s Home/ Right Turn
Attn: Brianna Woodside
2222 2nd Ave
(308) 237-2304
http://www.nchs.org
http://www.rightturnne.org/

This would be a combined internship with two agencies that provide direct adoption services as well as post adoption and guardianship services for families. Both of these agencies are housed in the same office.

Right Turn organization provides direct work with individuals and families for post adoption and guardianship families. The goal is to put into place a plan by offering case management, respite care, mentoring, mental health services and group services to support families in transition.

Nebraska Children’s Home works with clients experiencing and unplanned pregnancy and also to married couples who want to add to their family through adoption. The agency provides education and support to pregnant clients and assists them in making a parenting plan or an adoption plan. They also provide training and complete home studies for couples who want to adopt.

Region III Behavioral Health
Attn: Terri Keller
4009 6th Ave. Ste 65
P.O. Box 2555 (68848)
(308) 237-5113
http://www.region3.net

This agency is a large regional agency with many programs but the intern will work primarily in child welfare programs.

Student will work with the Professional Partner Program (PPP) primarily. The philosophy of the Professional Partner Program (PPP) is strength based, family-centered, and acknowledges families as equal partners. The program promotes utilization of the least restrictive, least intrusive, developmentally appropriate interventions in accordance with the strengths and needs of the youth. Student will provide care coordination for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders and their families. This is an excellent opportunity to observe multisystem that interface with the school system, medical system and legal system and with other social service providers.

S.A.F.E. Center
Nikki Gausman
3710 Central Ave Suite 10
(308) 237-2599
http://www.safecenter.org

The S.A.F.E. Center is a not-for- profit organization established in 1978, that serves clients who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The S.A.F.E. Center provides information and resources to empower victims to create positive changes in their lives. A student will work in the programs serving victims of domestic battery and of sexual assault. Activities can include participation in support groups, observation of court activities and securing Orders of Protection, training on crisis telephone line, accompanying medical and legal advocates, individual work with client, gathering statistical information, and attendance at agency staffing and participating in community education programs. Due to the uncertain nature of reporting domestic violence, client interaction can be low.

South Central Behavioral Services
Amy Sherbeck
3810 Central Ave
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 237-5951
http://scbsne.com

This agency serves individuals and families with behavioral and mental health issues. This agency provides programs offering people ways to lead more fulfilling lives. The area the students will most likely work in is Specialized Children’s Services which provide a variety of service for children including therapeutic foster care, supervised visits, tracker services, family support, and 24 hours in-home services. Student will observe staff initially and eventually work independently with family-based services. This is an excellent opportunity for the student to observe multi-systems in that the child welfare worker must often interact with the school system, medical system, and legal system and with other social service providers. This agency covers many counties in the state so a lot of traveling is required with some long day hours.

South Central Behavior Services
Community Support Worker
Bob Shueey
4111 4th Ave Suite #12
(402) 469-1665
http://scbsne.com/community-support.htm

Community Support workers provide advocacy, ensure continuity of care between multiple service providers, support persons served during times of crisis and provide training for independent living skills. Community Support provides services to individuals living in South Central Nebraska with a primary diagnosis of major mental illness and/or substance abuse. Student will be involved in developing an individualized service plan, attending treatment team meetings, assist in acquiring resources and supporting the individual in community and social integration. The service is generally provided in the community or at the individual' home. The student will do a lot of traveling with the supervisor visiting people in their homes.

Unity House
Bob Shueey
4111 4th Ave suite #12
Kearney, NE 68848
(402) 469-1663
(308) 698-0535
http://www.scbsne.com/rehabilitation.htm

South Central Behavioral Services Rehabilitation programs are designed to assist individuals diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance abuse to lead the most productive and satisfying lives possible.

Eligibility for participation in Unity House program is based upon the following criteria as defined by the State of Nebraska: Age 19 or older, a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia, major affective disorder, or other major mental illness, at risk of hospitalization or severely dysfunctional living, Demonstrate functional impairment which substantially interferes with two or more major life areas. Students will be directly involved in the daily activities of the individuals program.

Vocational Rehabilitation
Lupe Stevens
315 W 60th St. Suite 400 (68848)
(308) 865-5343

Vocational Rehabilitation is an employment program for people with disabilities. We help people with disabilities make career plans, learn job skills, get and keep a job. Our goal is to prepare people for jobs where they can make a living wage and have access to medical insurance. Student will be involved in various programs offered by this agency. Students will spend time traveling to many counties and working with multi systems in the community such as school, legal and medical.

Lexington

Health and Human Services
Alvin Zimmerman
P.O. Box E, Dawson County Courthouse (68850)
(308) 324-6633
http://dhhs.ne.gov

DHHS is the state agency with the sanction to investigate child abuse. The student will be involved in the investigation team, needs assessment and ongoing service provision. Their role will likely be observation, due to legal restriction. Student may also participate in casework which provides direct provision of service to parents, foster parents and children. Since DHHS is the central agency involved with child abuse and neglect, this placement site gives experience in collaborative working relationships with other systems such as school, medical, legal and other community, local and state agencies. Student might observe and experience what services are available in the Adult Protective Services area This agency will require background checks.

Lutheran Family Services of NE
Tracy Weiland
200 W 7th
Lexington, NE 68880
(308) 325-4344
www.lfsneb.org

The purpose of LFS is to express God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life. They work with individuals, families and children of all ages and races. They provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, immigration services, pregnancy testing, referrals, and pregnancy counseling and adoption services. Student will have opportunity to see the adoption process possibly from start to finish. Student will provide parenting groups and weekly school aged group activities. Also will work independently with individuals on finding appropriate community resources.

Parent/Child Center of Dawson County
1001 N Washington
(308) 324-2336 (68850)
http://parentchildcenter.net/

The Parent-Child Center is a private, non-profit agency, providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and their families. A student will work in the programs serving victims of domestic battery and sexual assault. Activities can include observation of court activities, securing Orders of Protection, training on crisis telephone line, accompanying medical and legal advocates, individual work with clients, gathering statistical information, and attendance at agency staffing and participating in community education programs.

Lexington Public Schools
Nikki Witthuhn
1610 N Washington
(308) 746-2891
http://lexschools.org

Lexington schools recently hired two social workers to provide services in the school system. The social worker work together with student, parents, school personnel, community agencies and others to make school a successful and relevant experience for students. They assist parent and families in understanding and reducing factors which contribute to school performance problems such as: absences/financial concerns, behavior difficulties, lack of positive peer relationship, legal involvement, health, medical and nutritional concerns and parenting/child relationships. They provide supportive counseling on a short-term basis, and work with community agencies to understand the needs of the student/family. Student will observe and become active in providing services to children/families that have been identified as needing help. The Lexington school system will offer a lot of diverse and cultural experiences in working with this school population.

Lexington Regional Health Center
Pat Samway
1201 N Erie St.
Lexington NE 68850
(308) 324-5651
http://www.lexingtonregional.org

Tri County is a general medical hospital serving the Lexington and surrounding area. This agency provides a variety of medical social work services. Student will observe and then independently provide discharge planning and resource finding in the community. Student will work with individuals across the spectrum from birth to death. Students will participate in interdisciplinary team and a variety of other meetings. Due to the acute nature of the faculty you will deal directly with life and death issues.

Lincoln

Cedars Home for Youth Services
620 N 48th St (68505)
(402) 434-5437
http://www.cedars-kids.org

CEDARS is a large multi-program agency that provides care to children in emergency shelter, foster care, group homes and programs that serve teen pregnancy and young at risk parents. Students in foster care could participate in monitoring parental visits of foster children, provide direct services to parents, observe legal proceedings or attend staffing.

Students working with the young parents could provide direct services, case management services and brokering services. Students in the emergency shelter or group home programs could help with group activities, case management, intakes, discharge planning and working on behavioral plans and goals. Delegation of area student will work in is determined by the student and the agency.

Central Plains Center for Services
PALS program
Nancy Ferguson
(308) 872-6176
www.central-plains.org

Student in this placement will assist in the various programs provided by the agency.

Programs provided: Parents as teachers (increases parents knowledge of and confidence in child-rearing); preparation for adult living services (prepare youth to live independently at some point in their future); rehabilitation programs (reduce recidivism of the first and second time offenders); jobs program (bring children out of poverty by helping their parents increase their opportunity for self sufficiency and independence)

Foster Care Review Board
Michelle
521 S. 14th St. Suite 401 (68508-2707)
(402) 471-1407
www.fcrb.state.ne.us

The Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board's mission is to ensure the best interests of children in out-of-home care are being met through external citizen review, monitoring facilities that house children and youth, maintaining up-to-date data on a statewide tracking system, and disseminating data and recommendations through an annual report. This placement would be good for someone interested in macro practice. Student involvement will be administration and community based rather than individual and family based.

Nebraska AIDS Project
1921 S. 17th St (68502)
(402) 476-7000
http://www.nap.org/

(Offices available in Omaha also!)

Nebraska AIDS Project, serving the entire region, acts to eliminate the spread of HIV and provides comprehensive services to all people affected by HIV and AIDS. Student will gain a broad perspective of social services in a health care setting. Student could participate in individual and group services, case management and resource referral and brokering. Student will provide services to clients at various stages of the disease and will visit clients in various types of living situations. Due to the nature of the disease student will occasionally be dealing with death and dying issues.

Health and Human Services
Attn: Pat Pittman
1050 N Street (68508)
(402) 471-7000
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Developmental Disabilities (DD) or Child Protective Services (CPS) or Resource Development (RD)

RD helps license and approve foster and adoptive homes for children that need placement. Student will be involved in interviewing families, processing paperwork, conducting background checks and setting appointments.

Area of CPS, insure that children are in a safe environment. They also give families referral information. Students will observe intakes and assist with the intake and ongoing workers.

Area of DD student will serve in the role of service coordinator. They will be responsible for seeing that individuals with disabilities are receiving adequate services and funding through the state of Nebraska.

Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. This agency will require background checks.

Northeast Family Resource Center
6220 Logan Dr. (68507)
(402) 471-9023
Attn: Tonya
https://www.nfclincoln.org

Family Resource Center Coalition of Nebraska Inc. (FRCCN) is a nonprofit organization working to support Nebraska’s children and families. Also has a licensed daycare and preschool. Student will work in the early learning center, coordinate the food distribution program, attend meetings and provide support to families, parents and children.

State of Kansas

Manhattan Schools
Kay Ediger
2031 Poyntz Ave (66502)
(785) 587-2000
http://www.usd383.org

Manhattan, Kansas, is located 9 miles north of Interstate 70 and 100 miles west of Kansas City. The school social worker primarily works with the elementary age children in several schools. A military base is located in this community, so student population changes often and dealing with parents being called to active military duty is a regular concern the children deal with. The social worker work together with student, parents, school personnel, community agencies and others to make school a successful and relevant experience for students. They assist parents and families in understanding and reducing factors which contribute to school performance problems such as: absences, financial concerns, behavior difficulties, lack of positive peer relationships, legal involvement, health, medical and nutritional concerns and parenting skills. They provide supportive counseling on a short-term basis, and work with community agencies to understand the needs of the students/families. Students will observe and become active in providing services to children/families that have been identified as needing help.

The Saint Francis Academy
Internship areas throughout the state
Norma Offutt
(620) 669-3734
www.st-francis.org

A large multi-system private agency in Kansas that provides services to children and families throughout the state. The services the agency provides are family preservation foster home licensing and mental health services. The student will be allowed to observe and then participate in all aspects of the services. An excellent opportunity to observe multi-systems in that the child welfare worker must often interface with the school system, medical system, and legal system and with other social service providers.

Loup City

Central Nebraska Community Services
6262 N St.
Attn: Cheryl Holcomb
(308) 743-0780
www.welcome2cncs.com

Addresses personal, family, business and community identified needs across the service area. CNCS offers programs related to basic health and human service needs of individuals regardless of socioeconomic status. Residents, from infancy to elderly, benefit from these services. Agency works with the community to improve their social, emotional and financial well-being. Student will go on home visits, do emergency assistance and assist with budget sheets.

McCook

McCook Community Hospital
Attn: Becky Mai
1301 East H
308-344-2650
www.chmccook.org

Built in 1974, this agency is a 25-bed critical access community hospital. This agency offers a variety of health care services to the individuals in the community of McCook and surrounding areas. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student will also be involved in the Hospice program. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Norfolk

Behavioral Health Specialists
Leigh Alexander
600 South 13th Street (68701)
(402) 370-3140
www.4bhs.org

Behavioral Health services help individuals, couples, children and families who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. Experiences available for the student could include therapeutic foster care case coordination, tracker services, family support program or respite coordination. Student will have the opportunity to coordinate all aspect of care for youth placed in foster care, develop treatment plans, conduct support groups and work with community resources.

Faith Regional Health Services
Jan Matthews
2700 Norfolk Ave. (68701)
(402) 644-7533
http://www.frhs.org

Faith Regional is a regional referral center in Norfolk, Nebraska. Faith Regional, a 166-bed acute care facility, offers Centers of Excellence in cardiovascular care, cancer care, physical rehabilitation and obstetrics. Medical services are delivered at multiple locations. The student will assist with discharge planning activities and assist individuals and families as they transition from the hospital to the various other living facilities and services available. The student will become familiar with the area of medical social work, have a lot of individual contact with patients, actively work with a multi-disciplinary team and make many referrals to other resources in the area. Student in this placement will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Norfolk Regional Center
Director of Social Services
P.O. Box 1209 (68701)
(402) 370-3400
http://dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health/pages/beh_rc_nrcserv.aspx

This agency is a 120 bed psychiatric hospital for adults. This is a highly structured program for individuals who are not able to live in the community due to severe mental illness or life problems. This program offers inpatient services, limited outpatient services and phase one of sex offender treatment. Students primarily would work with adults and have a lot of direct contact with patients. Student would be involved in discharge planning, making referrals to community agencies, help facilitate groups and work with interdisciplinary teams.

Region 4 Professional Partners
Deb McCoy
3003 Dover Drive(68701)
(402)370-3100
http://www.region4bhs.org/ppp.html

This agency is a large regional agency with many programs but the intern will work primarily in child welfare programs.

Student will work with the Professional Partner Program primarily. The philosophy of the Professional Partner Program (PPP) is strength based, family-centered, and acknowledges families as equal partners. The program promotes utilization of the least restrictive, least intrusive, developmentally appropriate interventions in accordance with the strengths and needs of the youth. Student will provide care coordination for children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders and their families. This is an excellent opportunity to observe multisystem that interface with the school system, medical system and legal system and with other social service providers.

Norfolk Veterans Home
RoseAnn.M. Ross
Social Work Supervisor
600 E. Benjamin Ave. (68701)
(402) 370-3160
http://dhhs.ne.gov/veterans/pages/vets_norfolk.aspx

Nebraska Veterans’ Home serve veteran’s health needs and includes a variety of medical, nursing and rehabilitative services. This agency serves both male and female veterans exclusively. These services range from assisted living care for members able to essentially care for themselves, to skilled nursing care. The placement offers an opportunity for the student to observe and then do social histories, assessment and interact directly with veterans. Student will also participate in 1 to 1 supportive visits, care plan changes, chart reviews, obtaining notary services, staff and interdisciplinary meetings and testing/evaluating members. The student will assume his/her own cases during the semester, meeting the needs of the members.

North Platte

Great Plains Regional Medical Center
Nan Hynes
1601 W Leota
(308) 534-9310
www.gprmc.com

This agency is a medical hospital that staffs social workers in the Case Management Department. The social workers work in many areas of the hospital such as inpatient, outpatient, healthy start, home health/hospice, mental health and cancer center. The student will have opportunity to shadow a variety of areas and independently to provide assessment, discharge planning and home visits. Most of the student’s time will be in a hospital setting and people admitted to the hospital are generally very ill and in crisis stage.

Health and Human Services
200 South Silber (69101)
(308) 535-8200
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups and needs. Student will work primarily in Developmental Disabilities (DD) or Child Protective Services (CPS) or Resource Development (RD)

RD helps license and monitor foster and adoptive homes for children who need placement. Student will be involved in interviewing families, processing paperwork, conducting background checks and setting appointments.

Area of CPS, insure that children are in a safe environment. They also give families referral information. Students will observe intakes and assist with the intake and ongoing workers.

Area of DD student will serve in the role of service coordinator. They will be responsible for seeing that individuals with disabilities are receiving adequate services and funding through the state of Nebraska.

Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. This agency will require background checks.

Omaha

AseraCare Hospice
Attn: Kelly Keller
8710 Frederick
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 926-2680
http://hospice.aseracare.com/omahane

This agency provides hospice care to families and individuals we have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and have been given 6 months or less to live. The philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support. Hospice is an alternative choice of care giving when a physical cure is no longer possible. The student will work in a variety of settings in providing the patient services. These include in home, assisted living or nursing home. The student will observe and then independently provide emotional support, assess psychosocial status and needs of patient and families and participate with interdisciplinary teams. Student will be dealing directly with death and dying.

CHI Lakeside Hospital
Attn: Cindy Hackwell
16901 Lakeside Hills Ct.
Omaha, NE 68130
(402) 717-8346
CHI Lakeside

A general medical facility providing services to the Omaha area. This agency provides a variety of medical social work services in an acute care setting. Student will learn about and independently perform psychosocial assessments, area referral resources, discharge planning and Home Health or Hospice referrals. Student will gradually become independent in working with clients and providing the needed services for the patients. Student will work mostly with elderly patients with medical problems and disabilities.

Boys Town
Attn: Jodi Gasper
13603 Flanagan Boulevard
Boys Town NE
(402) 498-1977
www.boystown.org

This large organization offers a continuum of services for children and families. One of the services they offer is long term family-style residential treatment for children who have behavioral problems severe enough that they cannot function in the community or in their family setting. The large majority of children have been court ordered to live here and have tried other types of living situations prior. The student will be involved in various aspects of the agency services. Student will be involved in admission, discharge, treatment plans, interdisciplinary team and family meetings and many other aspects of the services provided.

Central Plains Center for Services
Doug Lenz
Contact: Nancy Ferguson
(308) 872-6176
www.central-plains.org

Student in this placement will assist in the various programs provided by the agency. Programs provided: Parents as teachers (increases parents knowledge of and confidence in child-rearing); preparation for adult living services (prepare youth to live independently at some point in their future); rehabilitation programs (reduce recidivism of the first and second time offenders); jobs program (bring children out of poverty by helping their parents increase their opportunity for self sufficiency and independence)

Early Intervention program
3215 Cumming Street, Room 4073 (68131-2024)
(402) 557-2390
http://district.ops.org/DEPARTMENTS/CurriculumInstructionandAssessment/SpecialEducation/EarlyIntervention.aspx

Student will be working with 0 -3 year old population and their families. Student would act as an intake service coordinator making contact with families and providing resources and referrals. Student will gain a broad perspective of social services in a health and educational setting.

Omaha Home for Boys
Patricia Spellman
4343 N. 52nd Street (68104)
(402) 457-7103
www.omahahomeforboys.org

Dedicated to the mission of strengthening youth and families. This agency serves 62 boys ages 8-18 who live in group homes supervised by house parents. The student will observe and then work independently in the area of admissions. Admissions is responsible for processing applicants, interviewing, giving recommendations, working with team members and placing new youth in the facility. As desired, student will also have an opportunity to work with other members of the interdisciplinary team. A background check is required. This agency has very strong support and a good reputation in the Omaha community.

Omaha Home for Boys—Transitional Living
Nancy Ferguson
(308) 872-6176
http://www.omahahomeforboys.org/programs-2/jacobs-place-transitional-living/

Projects include the Transitional Living program, which gives young adults a chance to learn practical living skills in a moderately structured environment. The facility, called Jacobs' Place, is an apartment complex owned by the Boys' Home and supervised by trained staff. The staff serves as role models for the young men and women residing at Jacobs' Place, and offers guidance in handling the daily problems associated with living independently. Student will be involved in the many activities of the agency. Student will assist with admissions, discharges; help with teaching living skills, group sessions and making referrals to community agencies.

OneWorld Community Health Center
Emily Sutton
Outreach Manager
4920 S 3oth St. St. 100
Omaha, NE 68107
(402)502-8984
http://oneworldomaha.org

Student must be bi-lingual to do their internship at this agency. The mission of the agency is to provide in partnership with the community culturally respectful quality health care with special attention to the underserved. Student will have the opportunity to identify social work in our setting and present the social work perspective while problem solving with professionals of other non-social work practices. Student would have the opportunity to impact health outcomes among minorities and impoverished in our community. Student will either work directly with Medicaid and finding quality community resources or work directly in the medical clinic. If you are interested in diversity, this is the internship for you.

WCA Omaha
Hope Peabody
222 So. 29th St
(402) 345-6555
www.wcaomaha.org

This agency provides services predominately to women and children. Programs offered are domestic violence, sexual assault counseling and support and career services. Student will work in the programs serving victims of domestic battery and sexual assault. Activities can include participation in support groups, observation of court activities and securing Orders of Protection, training on crisis telephone line, accompanying medical and legal advocates, individual work with clients, gathering statistical information, attendance at agency staffing, and participation in community education programs.

Health and Human Services
Stephanie Anderson
7110 “F” St.
(402) 595-3628 (68117)
http://dhhs.ne.gov

NDHHS is the state agency that offers a variety of programs for all age groups

and needs. Area of CPS, insure that children are in a safe environment. They also give families referral information. Students will observe intakes and assist with the intake and ongoing workers.

Due to regulation of the agency students are more likely to observe for quite a long while before having responsibilities for client contact. This internship will provide education on the services this important agency has to offer. Almost all other agencies connect in some way with HHS services. This agency will require background checks.

O'Neill

AseraCare Hospice
Kathy Arens
421 E. Douglas (68763)
(402) 336-2219
http://hospice.aseracare.com/oneill-ne

This agency provides hospice care to families and individuals we have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and have been given 6 months or less to live. The philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support. Hospice is an alternative choice of care giving when a physical cure is no longer possible. The student will work in a variety of settings in providing the patient services. These include in home, assisted living or nursing home. The student will observe and then independently provide emotional support, assess psychosocial status and needs of patient and families and participate with interdisciplinary teams. Student will be dealing directly with death and dying. This agency covers a lot of counties in the state and most of the time is spent traveling to see patients.

Heartland Counseling
Roxanne O’Neill
405 W. Douglas (68763)
(402) 336-2800

This agency provides quality outpatient counseling, education, community services and prevention services to individuals, groups and families in 11 counties in Northeast Nebraska. The agency serves severe and persistent mentally ill individuals from all ages. The placement provides an opportunity for the student to observe and then do assessment, case planning and case management and coordination. The opportunity to do advocacy and networking with other agencies is high. This placement includes both individual and group work opportunities. The agency covers a large area of Nebraska, so student will spend a lot of time traveling with staff.

York

York General Hospital
2222 Lincoln Avenue (68467)
(402) 362-0440
http://www.yorkgeneral.org

York General Health Care Services is committed to providing you with the highest quality health care available. This agency provides a variety of medical social work services in an acute and skilled care setting. Student will observe and then independently provide discharge planning, Medicare letters, pre-admission paperwork and ID screens for patient. Student will also participate in interdisciplinary team and a variety of other meetings. Student will work mostly with the elderly population but may work with a variety of populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, cancer patients or general medical illnesses. Due to the acute nature of the facility, hospitals deal with life and death situations.

Epworth Village
Director
P.O. Box 503, 21st & Division Avenue (68467)
(308) 362-3353
www.epworthvillage.org

This agency provides several programs including residential treatment, day treatment and learning center. Provides services to boy’s ages 8 to 21 dealing with severe, emotional and behavioral disorders. Student will provide one-on-one support to youth, implement treatment plans and goals, attend interdisciplinary meetings and supervise group activities and teach life skills class.

Asera Care – Hospice Services
401 North Lincoln (68467)
(402)-362-7733
http://hospice.aseracare.com/york-ne

This agency provides hospice care to families and individuals we have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and have been given 6 months or less to live. The philosophy of hospice care is to alleviate physical discomfort while providing emotional, spiritual and bereavement support. Hospice is an alternative choice of care giving when a physical cure is no longer possible. The student will work in a variety of settings in providing the patient services. These include in home, assisted living or nursing home.The student will observe and then independently provide emotional support, assess psychosocial status and needs of patient and families and participate with interdisciplinary teams. Student will be dealing directly with death and dying. This agency covers a lot of counties in the state and most of the time is spent traveling to see patients.

NE Department of Correctional Services
Kathy Foster
Lincoln NE
http://www.corrections.nebraska.gov/nccw.html

A prison serving women for the state of Nebraska. Student will work closely with staff assisting in supervising and coordinating inmate activities, writing reports, develop and monitor treatment plans and goals, assist in crisis interventions and make community referrals for discharge. A double major or minor in Criminal Justice would be helpful.