Utilizing a comprehensive form of case management, NDCS focuses on issues including substance abuse, mental health, housing, employment, education, mentoring, transportation, criminal thinking, vocational, and parenting/family reunification needs. We partner with community‑based service providers including the Health and Human Services System, the Department of Labor, along with faith-based prison ministries and other social service entities. NDCS partnered with Christian Heritage and secured a grant from the National Fatherhood Initiative to facilitate the successful family reunification program, InsideOut Dads, within our facilities. Additionally, through collaboration with the Reentry Alliance of Nebraska, inmates who are transitioning back into the community are partnered with a support group to help them be successful in the community. Successful reintegration of offenders back into society is our objective. NDCS believes forging these partnerships with the community best serves the interest of all Nebraskans.
Currently the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services utilizes four Risk & Needs Assessment instruments.
Institutional: identifies appropriate inmates for the Reentry Program,
Community: provides information to the Parole Board for consideration prior to being places on parole.
Community re-assessments: provides information to Adult Parole Administration while an inmates is participating on parole.
Aggression/Vulnerable: identifies inmates who may be a risk to other inmates or staff and those inmates who may be at risk from other inmates.
These assessment instruments are valuable in aiding staff in appropriate identification for program and parole participation, institutional security risk and discharge planning.