December 16, 2016                                                                            NACO E-Line Archive  

Upcoming Events

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Newly Elected County Board Member Orientations

- January 21st, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express North Platte

- January 28th, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
NACO Conference Room

NACO Board Legislative Position's Meeting

 - January 27th, 2017
          9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
          NACO Office 

For registration see article in this E-line



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annualsurveysAnnual Conference Surveys Are Being Sought
Those who attended the 122nd Annual NACO conference in Kearney this last week are being asked for their input.

NACO NAVIGATOR was introduced as the electronic version of the conference program and the events that surrounded the conference.  By logging into, attendees were able to review agendas, view current photos, get new messages concerning conference events and other items such as items that were lost and turned into the registration desk.
NACO NAVIGATOR has changed a slight bit and a new item has just been added to obtain information on how conference attendees perceived the event.  A new button named "Surveys" was added at the bottom of the home screen page and will give all the attendees an opportunity to comment on how they felt the applicable sessions went for them.

We encourage everyone who attended the conference to participate and encourage others who have not heard about the NACO NAVIGATOR update to convince them to submit their ideas and comments too. Future meetings, workshops and conferences can all benefit from input provided at this time.

Thank you for taking time to participate! 
Newly Elected Board Member Orientations To Be Held
The Objective of NACO  
The Nebraska Association of County Officials was organized in 1894 and formally incorporated in 1968. It is composed of 93 member counties and its express objective is to stimulate and contribute to the continuing improvement of county government in Nebraska through the promotion of increased efficiency and economy, the augmentation of a higher standard of public service, and the protection of the common good and general welfare of Nebraska county residents.
To ensure that its objectives are achieved, NACO regularly sponsors continuing education programs such as the January orientations that new county officials may attend, conducts research, publishes educational materials, administers cost saving programs, and represents the interests of Nebraska counties before the state and federal governments, agencies, and courts.
Orientation Times and Locations
To further educate and provide awareness for new county board members, NACO is hosting two orientations in January.  The first one will be held in North Platte at the Holiday Inn Express from 1-3 p.m. on January 21st.  The second one will be held at the NACO office conference room at 1335 H Street in Lincoln from 1-3 p.m. on January 28th. 
There is no registration fee, but please register to attend so seating and materials supplied can be determined.  A free County Board Handbook will be provided for those attending.  If you are unable to attend, a County Board Handbook may be requested at a cost to you or your county.  
Registration can be completed on the NACO website after creating a NACO registration ID.  If you are having difficulties with registration, call Deb Eberly at the NACO office at 402- 454-5660 Ext. 232, or send her an email by clicking here and telling her which session is your preference so she can register you.
grantsGrant Training To Be Held In Omaha
Grants Training in Omaha, NE
January 9-10, 2017
The Omaha Police Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Omaha, January 9-10, 2017.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer Nebraska Association of County Officials members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes  everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "NEASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.

Janet Darling
at Grant Writing USA

Sgt. Ken Fox
Omaha Police Department
More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.
legallineLegal Line
Editor's Note: Legal Line is a feature that will periodically appear in NACO E-Line. This edition has been prepared by Elaine Menzel of the NACO legal staff. Legal Line is not intended to serve as legal advice. Rather, it is published to alert readers to court decisions and legal or advisory matters important to county government. For a specific opinion on how the information contained in this article or that which will be discussed in future issues relates to your county, consult your county attorney or personal counsel.

Data-Driven Justice Playbook Available - How to Develop a System of Diversion and Criminal Justice Data Related to HIPAA

Dr, Natalie Ortiz from the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced that the Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) Initiative released a discussion draft of the "Data-Driven Justice Playbook: How to Develop a System of Diversion."  ."  The Data-Driven Justice Initiative includes a group of counties, municipalities and states from across the country that have committed to use data and technology to target and improve the outcomes of high-utlilizers; individuals who have complex mental illness, substance abuse and health needs and frequently cycle through jails, hospital emergency rooms, homeless shelters and other health and human services and people held in jail before trial simply because they cannot afford to bond out, not because they are a risk to the community or a risk of flight.

A copy of the draft can be found here As described by Dr. Ortiz,

The DDJ Playbook outlines six strategic steps communities can take when building a system that diverts high-utilizers from courts and jails to appropriate treatment and services in the community that can provide long-term stability to individuals' health and social circumstances.  The six strategic steps include building community support, identifying the target population, creating a system-wide diversion strategy, creating linkages to service providers, delivering ongoing services effectively and leveraging available funding to support care and services.  In addition to providing communities with a roadmap to implement a DDJ system, the discussion draft highlights innovative practices, includes short case studies of effective local strategies ...
To improve how the DDJ Playbook benefits communities interested and involved in DDJ, NACo requests feedback, comments and suggestions to incorporate in future revisions of the playbook.  NACo also welcomes examples of the challenges communities are facing in the design and implementation of policies intended to break the cycle of incarceration and of the effective policies and practices that communities are using to divert individuals with complex health and human services needs from the criminal justice system.  Please send your comments, ideas and examples to:

Natalie Ortiz, Data-Driven Justice Program Manager,

Also, included within the DDJ Playbook is Appendix B which reprints questions and answers to questions about how to share health data and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).  The questions and answers are also reprinted in this edition of E-Line for your information in this article.

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Countygovernementdaycd  County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to . The CD order form is available here.

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NACO's Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.

As of  January 2016, NACO no longer prints the hard copy of the directory and sends one to each county.  The directory has been made a part of the NACO website through a clickable and searchable icon and will be updated as corrections are submitted. The directory on the website is downloadable for a printed copy and it can also be transferred electronically to office computers and devices with memory storage such as smartphones and ipads.

For a copy of the last printed 2015 hard copy directory, click here for the order form.

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County_Board_Handbook_2012  2016 County Board  Handbook and Revision s
The 2016 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available.

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2016 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2016 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website or by clicking here.  If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook  please contact
Deb Eberly by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
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NACoNews From NACo

Final bill contains provisions that would impact counties

On December 7th, following the previous week's 392-26 vote in the House, the Senate passed H.R. 34, known as the "21st Century Cures Act," which includes provisions related to criminal justice, mental health and addiction - key NACo priorities. With a 94-5 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the president's desk last weekend for his signature, and he has already indicated his support. As you may recall, several of the county-supported provisions in the massive package were formerly separate pieces of legislation that had failed to advance on their own in the 114th Congress. With time running out in the "lame duck" session, Congress attached these provisions to an underlying bill aimed to accelerate new prescription drugs to market and stimulate research at the National Institutes of Health.

To read the entire article click here

nacowebNACo Webinars

Newly Elected Official Webinar
Jan. 18, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST 
(202) 942-4221

Designed specifically for newly elected officials, this webinar will give you an overview of legislative, leadership and solutions that will be valuable to you from day one. Hear from fellow officials about their perceptions with plenty of time for Q & A.
Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street | Lincoln, NE 68508 | 402-434-5660