- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The state will provide money for a Lincoln-based outpatient treatment program that provides treatment to some sex offenders who are trying to avoid reoffending.

The program is known as STOP. It offers a mix of therapy types to help offenders adapt after being in prison or in the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services decided to maintain the program while state senators determine the best policy for the state, said Scot Adams, director of the department’s Behavioral Health Division.

“We didn’t want to lose this resource” during that year, Adams said.

The temporary state funding totals $166,000 for 10 months and should last through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the Lincoln Journal Star said (https://bit.ly/1zzavyp ).

The state already pays for about half the STOP patients, who have come from the inpatient program at the Lincoln Regional Center. The STOP program was part of the Community Mental Health Center. But when Lancaster County privatized the center and its programs were turned over to Lutheran Family Services, the sex offender treatment program wasn’t included.

Officials have said that without the program, some people might have to return to the state hospital or prison because they had been ordered by a state mental health board to participate in the program.

Lancaster County commissioners have said they shouldn’t be paying for the program, because they already pay $928,000 per year to a regional provider for local services, which is far more per county resident than the other 15 counties in the southeast region are paying.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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