On June 3, 2019, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) filed an intent to offer a contract to Saint Francis Ministries to provide ongoing child welfare case management services in the Eastern Service Area (ESA), comprised of Douglas and Sarpy counties. The five-year contract is valued at approximately $196 million, and includes the option of two additional years. The contract is slated to begin on January 1, 2020. The ESA is the only area of the state where DHHS contracts with a private provider organization to manage ongoing child welfare case management services. In all other . . .