Professional Partners


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday


Located in the Juvenile Services Building



(Bi-lingual services available)


1465 27th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601


Carrie Hastreiter

Professional Partner Program Contact

Region 4 Professional Partner Program

The purpose of the Professional Partner Program (PPP) is to assist families who have a child with severe emotional disturbance (SED) in accessing services for the family without having to either give up their child as a ward of the state or incur undue debt to cover such services.

The wraparound philosophy is needs driven and based on the strengths of the family. The parents are in integral part of the team and act as equal partners based on the premise that parents know their children best. The team, chosen by the family, meets monthly to develop an individualized service plan based on the strengths and needs of the family. PPP promotes the least restrictive, least intrusive, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent interventions in accordance with the strengths and needs identified by the family and within the most normalized environment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The youth must be under the age of 26.
  • The youth must have a mental health disorder diagnosable under the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • The mental health disorder must result in functional impairments in two or more of the following areas:
    • Self-care at an appropriate developmental level.
    • Developmentally appropriate perception and expressive language.
    • Learning challenges, absenteeism, tardiness, suspensions/expulsions, disciplinary problems and failing classes.
    • Self-Direction, including developmentally appropriate behavioral control, decision making, judgment and value systems.
    • Capacity for living in a family or family equivalent.
  • Although this is a free service families must meet income guidelines.
  • Strong family and/or community commitment and participation is agreed to and demonstrated.
  • State wards are not eligible for services through PPP.