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All of our Treatment Community programs follow the Therapeutic Community model, in which people are members, as in any family setting, not patients, as in an institution.

Our programs are supported by licensed mental health practitioners (LMHP) or licensed drug and alcohol counselors (LADC) with the support of paraprofessional staff. A Psychiatrist and Psychologist also provide additional care and clinical supervision.

In addition to residential and outpatient treatment services for behavioral health problems, NOVA provides Foster Care placement and support services geared toward infants, children, and adolescents who are at-risk and in need of a safe, protective environment.

Substance Abuse Evaluations are comprehensive evaluations conducted by licensed clinicians for both adolescents and adults.

NOVA's Outpatient Programs for Adolescents and Adults are for substance use disorders and mental health issues. The program offers individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults needing a less restrictive treatment option. Group therapy is offered weekly for adolescent program members. Appointments are scheduled as needed.

NOVA's Intensive Outpatient Program is a day program for adolescents and adults with substance use disorders. Each individual is required to attend ten hours per week and participates in group, individual and family therapy. The length of the program is approximately six weeks.

NOVA operates two adult residential treatment programs that serve males and females 19 years of age and older. The length of stay for each program is determined through ongoing assessment on an individualized basis.

Adult Residential Programs include:

  • Daily group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy and family support group
  • Daily independent living skill building
  • Vocational/employment services
  • Drug education
  • Relapse prevention

Adult Therapeutic Community

The Adult Therapeutic Community is a long-term program serving individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders and personality disorders. The typical length of stay for the Adult Therapeutic Community is approximately four to six months.

Adult Short-Term Residential

The Adult Short-Term Residential Program serves individuals diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance dependence. The typical length of stay for the Short-Term Residential Program is approximately 30 days.

NOVA's Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) is a highly structured, therapeutic environment for adolescents in need of intensive services to treat substance use disorders, and severe emotional and behavioral problems. The PRTF functions under a medical model following a comprehensive assessment of developmental, therapeutic and educational needs. An individualized treatment plan for each adolescent is developed, coordinated and supervised by a wide range of highly trained NOVA professionals. The PRTF treatment experience includes individual, family, and group therapy as well as continuing educational goals onsite at NOVA's Alternative School.

The PRTF goals include the following:

  • Attaining sobriety and social competence
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Functioning in group and community settings
  • Attaining academic grade levels in core subjects
  • Working toward improving relationships with families, peers, teachers and others

At NOVA, the PRTF is one of our programs that encourage everyone, including adolescents to experience empowerment.

NOVA has an on-site Alternative School for its adolescent Treatment Group Home residents. The Nebraska Department of Education has approved the NOVA Alternative School as a Rule 18 Interim Program School since July 2004. NOVA employs a certified school administrator and certified K-12 general education and special education teaching staff to facilitate the education of all students. NOVA's Alternative School includes:

  • Individualized education plans with collaboration between the home school district and NOVA
  • Curriculum offerings through the PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence), NovaNET online curriculum, and direct instruction
  • Ongoing contact between parents and/or guardians
  • GED study and testing
  • NOVA Alternative School complies with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. • 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

NOVA's Foster Care Program ensures that children have a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment when they need it most. At the heart of the Program are our foster parents, who are highly committed to ensuring that foster children's physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. They are also committed to working with the child's family of origin in an effort to preserve the family unit.

NOVA is currently recruiting foster parents in the Omaha and Lincoln metropolitan areas, as well as in the Northern Service Area of Nebraska. Foster parents can be married or single individuals who have an interest in helping children and families. NOVA foster parents are provided initial and ongoing training to assist in providing care for their foster children, and are assigned a NOVA Foster Care Specialist who provides support through home visits and case management services. Foster Care Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and provide support. NOVA foster parents are also provided with a monthly stipend and respite care.

Some placements are given to relatives of the child or siblings for safe and appropriate placement. This is known as relative or kinship care and allows children to keep existing and appropriate relationships in place with family members, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other adult relatives, who have the child's best interest at heart. Kinship Care can lessen the trauma a child experiences when there is a separation from the parent and potentially minimize the number of placements the child may experience while out of the biological home. Kinship Care is an important component of NOVA Treatment Community's Foster Care program, and relatives who open their hearts and homes to young family members can expect ongoing, 24-7, support services that other foster parents receive.

NOVA also provides an array of In-Home Services that help support children and families. Services include family support, family engagement, supervised visitation, intensive family preservation, and in-home safety services.

If you or someone you know would like to provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home for children in need, contact NOVA Foster Care at 402-991-8566.

This program is wonderful. It helped me with a lot of things - Adult Program Member