Child Guidance Center (Lincoln, NE)


  • Name:Nancy Mize
  • Title:Ph.D. Outpatient Services Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child Guidance Center
  • Address:2444 O Street
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:402-475-7666
  • Main fax:402-476-96223

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  • Mission:
  • The Child Guidance Center is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. We provide a range of mental health services to the fiscally challenged persons in our community who are in need of these services. We never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. During the previous fiscal year, 86% of our clients had incomes of less than $20,000 and 38% had no income. In addition, we strive to meet the needs of persons from other cultures since Lincoln is a resettlement community. We have on staff a full-time Vietnamese therapist, a Hispanic therapist and a therapist who provides services to the deaf and hard of hearing. For persons speaking other non-English languages, we use interpreters who are trained in both the verbiage and the empathy necessary to meet mental health needs.

  • Overview:
  • The Child Guidance Center currently provides services through eight programs. We provide outpatient treatment options that include individual, group and family therapy. The majority of these clients have experienced trauma or repeat trauma which is often intergenerational. To address each level and type of trauma, a thorough assessment is completed at intake. Based on the information gathered, treatment may include each subsystem separately prior to bringing the family together for therapeutic work. Many agencies treat only the identified patient who is likely a child who is acting out in a way that is uncomfortable for those around him/her. As necessary, we provide treatment to each child, the sibling subsystem, the marital subsystem, and the parenting subsystem. As a result of our treating each facet of the family, treatment is effective long-term. Last fiscal year, 88% of our clients achieved their treatment goals. During the previous fiscal year, we served 659 youth and families for a total of 9407 hours.

    We also provide individual and family treatment in area public schools at no cost to the schools. These clients often do not have parents who would bring them to the agency due to lack of funding and transportation or due to resistance. Children treated in the schools have both the Child Guidance therapist and the school personnel as a team. Research indicates that a child who has even one person who cares about him/her and respects him/her that success is possible even if they return to a chaotic home at night. During the previous fiscal year, we treated 301 youth for a total of 6311 hours in 21 public schools at no cost to those schools. This program runs concurrent with the school year.

    Our Choices program provides individual, group and family services to youth in three public secondary schools. The student must meet one or more of the following criteria: 1. Student is using substances; 2. Student is a part of a peer group that uses substances; and/or 3. Student's family members are using substances. During the previous fiscal year, we served 70 youth for 1217 hours in this program that runs during the school year.

    We provide community-based evaluations referred by the Juvenile Justice System. This program sets the standard in the state for thorough assessment and optimum treatment recommendations. During the previous year, we served 174 youth and families in this program.

    A Therapeutic Group Home specializes in residential treatment for adolescent males ages 12-18 who have been sexually abusive. A day treatment program for this population for youth who do not require 14-hour placement, but can benefit from the structure and therapeutic environment of the treatment program is also provided. Length of stay is approximately 18 months. Twenty youth and their families were served during the previous year.

    At the downtown outpatient location, we provide an intensive therapeutic after-school and summer program for children 5-11 years of age. These youth have serious emotional and behavioral difficulties that threaten their placement either in their family home or in a foster home as well as their school and day care placements. They are often extremely aggressive. Last year 46 youth were served in this program.

    Child Guidance provides 1.5 FTE therapist in the Don Sherrill Education Center which is a Lincoln Public School program for emotionally disturbed youth who cannot function in their home school. We provided 1417 hours of treatment at no cost to the school during the previous year.

    The Youth in Crisis program provides suicide assessments and transitional counseling to all youth detained in the Juvenile Detention Center. Last year 727 youth were served for a total of 1968 hours.

    The majority of our clients are 13-18 years of age (47%) and the next most prevalent age group is 6-12 years (40%). Children 1-5 years are 3% of our clients and 19+ years are 10%. Males (53%) slightly outnumber females (47%). The majority of our clients are Caucasian (42%), but we also treat American Indians (2%), African Americans (7%), Hispanic (7%), Asian (3%), Bi-racial (6%), and 33% unknown.

    The majority of clients have Medicaid . Medicaid reimburses at approximately $70 per hour and it costs us $100 per hour to provide the service. We are also supported by Region V MH/SA (18%) and through United Way/JBC (5%). Contracts (2%) and contributions (2%) as well as through grants.

  • History:
  • The Child Guidance Center was created in 1949 by the Junior League of Lincoln, Nebraska. The goal of this endeavor was to "treat nervous children." Obviously, both the field of mental health and the Child Guidance Center have evolved exponentially from those early beginnings. The 1949 annual report indicates that the agency had four staff only two of whom were trained in mental health and the other two were administrative. Income that year was $7,497.10 and expenditures were $6,757.18 with a profit of $739.92. Only $29.75 was derived from fees for service. The agency was primarily funded by grants from the community. Each service was 50 cents and that fee was waived if the family was unable to pay. This mission has continued to this day. 51 children and 40 parents were served and individual and family outpatient were the only programs. This was considered to be a research project that was "cutting edge," however the research goal was tabled until the later years. Fund raising in the community consisted of written requests for $2.00. In those early years focus of treatment was solely on the child. In the fourth annual report, a list of frequently asked questions included, "Do parents usually need "treatment" too? The answer was, "No, they do not usually need "treatment." This is an area in which the agency has grown and changed. We are now aware that the "identified patient" treated alone and then returned to a system that has not changed is not likely to have a long term impact.

    The seventh annual report, published in 1955, introduced two new aspects to the functioning of the Center. A student training program was begun. Currently Child Guidance is the primary employer of new graduates in therapy and/or social work. This fact is primarily based on the extensive supervision and consultation that contribute to the excellence of the services and outcomes. A new therapist may receive as many as four hours of supervision in a week and a supervisor is always available to staff a case. In addition, the facility added annual training for the clinical staff. We continue to devote an extensive amount of time and money to maintain and enhance the skills of our staff. We take pride in being a "trauma informed" agency. All staff, including administrative staff, have received training in treating all clients with respect and empathy. Currently, in addition to accessing training in and around the area, Child Guidance co-sponsors a training through the Nebraska Perpetrators Network in the fall and another training sponsored totally by Child Guidance occurs in the spring based on the felt needs of the clinical staff.

    In 1969, the annual report indicated that the Center was "working closely" with public schools in order to support referrals to the main location. Today, of course, we provide four programs in the schools at no cost to the schools. We know that some parents either won't or can't get the child to the outpatient downtown location. We also know that trauma can have long term effects on the brain and can, consequently, impede the learning process. As a result, we work closely with and in the schools in order to provide an optimum potential for each child's success.

    In 1978, through hard work and two grants, the Extended Day Treatment Program was established. This expansion was based on the needs of children and families who were not making progress in outpatient therapy and/or who were in danger of losing their family or foster placements. In addition, Lincoln Public Schools established an emergency committee due to the increased number of aggressive incidents in the schools that had resulted in police involvement. It was clear in these meetings that additional resources were necessary.

    In 1991, Child Guidance established the residential program for males who have committed sexual offenses. We had begun receiving an increased number of clients with this history from Juvenile Probation and the courts. Risk assessments indicated that outpatient treatment alone was not useful for this population. This has been an amazingly successful program. Clients who have washed out of multiple previous residential programs respond well to the respect and enrichment provided in this program. In this program, clients receive individual, family and group therapy. For clients who do not need this level of care, an outpatient program with those same components is available.

  • Year established:1949
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:0
  • Advisory board size:17
  • Staff size:104


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:47-0398819

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:470398819
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:GUIDANCE CENTER INC 2444 O STREET
  • Organization City:LINCOLN
  • Organization State:NE
  • Organization Zip:68510-0000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1951
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):154, 179, 328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Health clinic, Other health services, Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:F320
  • Asset Amount:$3,071,950
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,849,839
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,839,216
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:27:15 pm

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