Professional Partner Program


The program is based upon the wraparound approach to service delivery relying on the natural support systems of the family in their neighborhood and community. Wraparound is a model of needs driven and strengths based planning.  It is a process ‑ not a program. Wraparound is an unconditional commitment to creating services that support normalized and inclusive options for youth with complex needs and their families. The family identifies those individuals it wants to have as members of the Child and Family Team. The Professional Partner is then responsible for bringing together this team that will include family members and designees, the Professional Partner, community individuals, and invited service providers. The Professional Partner will be responsible for utilizing the referral information, meeting with the family and team to set up an Individualized Plan of Care which will guide the course of action, assemble team members, facilitate plan development, and monitor the interventions stated in the plan. PPP will assist the families in navigating the system, advocating for services, and providing support to the team members in creating an individualized, comprehensive plan.

The Professional Partner Program combines an ecological assessment and treatment planning approach with wraparound services and intensive therapeutic case management. At the center of this program is the Professional Partner, who works in full partnership with each youth and his or her family, served in the program. The Professional Partner (1) ensures the availability of an accountable individual to serve as an advocate, service coordinator, and a liaison on behalf of the youth and his or her family for the purpose of linking and accessing needed services and supports; (2) coordinates service components and all phases of treatment and support; and (3) ensures that the elements of treatment and supportive services are planned for and provided.

The purpose of the PPP is to assist families who have a child with a serious emotional disorder in accessing services for the family without having to either give up their child as a ward of the state, going into undue debt to cover such services, or placing their child in a more restrictive level of care. The PPP is a partnership between the family and the Professional Partner. The PPP targets this population which, if in need, would be at high risk of being unable to access services. The program is needs driven and based on the strengths of the family not their weaknesses. The parents are an integral part of the team and act as equal partners as it is based on the premise that parents know their children best. The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is focused on normalization to ensure that the basic needs of all persons of like age, sex, culture etc. are met. The Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) is developed for each youth and his or her family and based upon the strengths and concerns of the youth and family across eleven (11) domains, including mental health, substance abuse, residential, family, education, vocational, social/recreational, medical, legal, safety, and cultural.

Our mission is to utilize the wraparound approach to coordinate supports and services with families who have children/adolescents with serious emotional disorders and to ensure that families have voice and ownership in developing an accessible, comprehensive individualized family support plan.

The program is strength‑based, embraces a family‑centered philosophy and acknowledges families as equal partners. It promotes utilization of the least restrictive, least intrusive developmentally appropriate interventions in accordance with the strengths and needs of the youth and family within the most normalized environment.

It utilizes specific methods for moving toward an interagency system of care by developing referral sources, collaborative working relationships, and integration and coordination with families and public and private child serving systems. The mix, intensity, duration and location of services and supports are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each youth and his or her family.

The program also holds the belief that as the needs of a child and his or her family become more complex, the interventions, services and supports they receive will become more individualized. Services and supports are culturally competent and tailored to the unique values and cultural needs of the child, family and the culture that the family identifies with.

An unconditional commitment to continually readjust the service design and delivery to find what ever it is that is needed to help the child and his or her family experience a better life. The commitment is to unconditional care. When things do not go well, the child and family are not "kicked out", but rather, the individualized services and supports are changed.

Referrals to the program come directly from families and through the schools, courts, child welfare, juvenile justice, county attorneys, behavioral health providers and community organizations.Add Content...


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4009 6th Avenue, Suite #65
Kearney, NE 68845
308-236-7669 fax

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