Serving Region VI: Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties including the Omaha metropolitan area through a collaborative effort with Nebraska’s child welfare, behavioral health systems and other community partners.
The Nebraska Family Support Network (NFSN) began in 1991 to provide support and services to families of children with mental illness and behavioral disorders. Original funding included small grants from state, regional, and federal sources. NFSN’s mission broadened in 2004 when Governor Johanns mandated collaboration between family organizations, Health and Human Services (HHS), Safety and Protection Division and Nebraska’s Behavioral Health Regions. NFSN became a partner with the Nebraska Family Collaborative (NFC) in 2010 with the move to privatize service in Nebraska.
NFSN is currently the only provider of peer mentoring (family-to-family or consumer-to-consumer) services in the Eastern Service Area. This model of interaction and support is significantly increasing desired outcomes for troubled families. In keeping with its peer mentoring model, NFSN hires family members who have successfully completed some component of the service system with their own families to help other families who are struggling in the same system(s).