Intensive Family Preservation

OMNI proves Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) services in several areas of Nebraska. IFP is a 15-week team approach service that provides therapeutic and skill-building interventions within the home. Families referred may have severe mental health issues, abuse & neglect issues, or youth with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances. The major goal of this program is to prevent an out-of-home placement of the youth or reunify families and stabilize placement. OMNI provides this service to preserve the family's integrity and prevent unnecessary out-of-home placements, to put adolescents and their families in touch with community resources for long term outside support, and to strengthen the family's coping skills and capacity to function effectively in the community after treatment is completed.

Where the Services Happen

Intensive Family Preservation therapists meet with the family in its environment which may include home, school, day care, and community. Crisis assistance through consultation and problem solving is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Who is Included on the IFP Team

An Intensive Family Preservation team consists of an LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner) or PLMHP (Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner) and a Skill Builder with a Bachelor's degree.

How Services Are Implemented

The first three weeks of the services are evaluations and assessment, safety planning, and gathering information with the family as well as building a working relationship with family needs/strengths/services; weeks 4 to 10 are for training, education, and coaching the individualized services; and weeks 10 to 15 are for review of the material taught, developing community supports, working on any clinical issues, relapse prevention, planning to address future issues, and generalization of skills.


Intensive Family Preservation services are available through consultation and problem solving 24 hours per day, 7 days a week while the family is receiving services.

Frequency of Visits

The IFP therapist and case manager will determine the frequency and duration of family visits. The focus is based on needs for therapeutic services.


Intensive Family Preservation referrals come from the Department of HHS, NFC, and probation. Referrals are made for abuse/neglect, family relationship problems, parenting skills, or issues arising under the jurisdiction of the Office of Juvenile Services (OJS) such as juvenile delinquency, truancy, etc. IFP has been referred to assist foster families and biological families. The individuals and/or families are at significant risk for neglect or abuse and experiencing problems and challenges threatening family break-up or reunification challenges.

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Intensive Family Preservation Services Contacts

  • Kate Sorrell, LICSW
    5115 F Street
    Omaha, NE 68117
    Phone: (402) 397-9866 ext. 139
    Fax: (402) 397-1404

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    Jamie Monfelt-Siems, LIMHP
    304 S. 16th Street
    Beatrice, NE 68310
    Phone: (402) 223-3843 ext. 1014
    Fax: (402) 223-4200

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