State Planning Contract Boost To Keep Foster Care Contractor Afloat

Nebraska is negotiating a new and costlier contract with a troubled Kansas-based foster care provider that is less than three weeks away from running out of money for operations. 

      St. Francis Ministries interim CEO William Clark told Nebraska lawmakers Friday that the nonprofit needs another $25 million to cover its costs for this year and about $10 million to cover a shortfall for the fiscal year that ended June 30. 

      Dannette Smith, the CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, says the state is pursuing the new agreement to maintain continuity, and promised increased state oversight, saying, “I think we learned a bitter lesson.”