A Team Effort
Legislative Bill 1184 was introduced in 1992 and required a cooperative, complementary response by all agencies responsible for protecting children including law enforcement, child advocacy centers, prosecutors, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
This legislation paved the way for the creation of child abuse and neglect investigation and treatment multidisciplinary teams.
Project Harmony case coordinators facilitate multiple teams in Douglas and Sarpy County in Nebraska along with two teams that serve 16 counties in Southwest Iowa. These teams are designed to improve the handling of child abuse and neglect cases. In addition to our general treatment and investigative teams, we have teams that specialize in the following areas:
- Families with children birth to five (Impact from Infancy)
- Families affected by sexual abuse
- Non-system Involved Youth Missing from care (MYS Team)
- Crossover Youth
- Educational Neglect
The purpose of the teams is to improve coordination between individuals and agencies involved in child abuse and neglect investigations. Teams also help coordinate, develop, implement and monitor treatment or safety plans with the goal of reducing the risk of harm to child abuse and neglect victims.