Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee

Disabilities Assistance
Developmental Disabilities

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What you need to know

The Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities is governed by Nebraska Revised Statute §83-1212.01


The advisory committee advises DHHS on funding and delivery of services to people with developmental disabilities. This includes:

  • Providing oversight to make sure people placed in the custody of the department under the Developmental Disabilities Court-Ordered Custody Act receive the least restrictive treatment and services necessary
  • Overseeing the design and implementation of the quality management and improvement plan

DHHS-DD informs the advisory committee of proposed changes at least thirty days before changes start so the advisory committee may response


The advisory committee includes a representative of:

  • A statewide advocacy organization for persons with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Nebraska's designated protection and advocacy organization
  • The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Education, Research and Service
  • Up to fifteen additional members

At least fifty-one percent of the members are people with developmental disabilities and their family members.

Members are appointed by the Governor for three year terms, with a designated chairperson.  

Member List

Name, Representing, City

Lori Broady, Family Member, Johnson

Lorrie Bryant, Interested Citizen, Lincoln

Gail "Butch" Crookedfoot, Participant, Sidney

Diana DeLair, Protection & Advocacy, Lincoln

William Ehegartner, Interested Citizen, Papillion

Diane Focht, Family Member, Lincoln

Linda Jespersen, Family Member, Alliance

Margaret Huss, Family Member, Omaha

Kristen Larsen, Developmental Disabilities Council, Lincoln

Cathy Martinez, Family Member, Lincoln

Norma Mercer, Family Member, Beatrice

Jennifer Miller, Statewide Advocacy, Bellevue

Lisa Pruitt, Participant, Alliance

Mary Ann Schiefen, Family Member, Omaha

Janelle N Smith, Family Member, Lincoln

Wayne A Stuberg, University of Excellence, Omaha

Joseph Valenti, Family Member, Omaha

Angela Willey, Interested Citizen, Elmwood

Member list last updated November 2018.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Lower Level C, Nebraska State Office Building, Lincoln, NE

Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Lower Level C, Nebraska State Office Building, Lincoln, NE

Thursday, February 13, 2020 – Lower Level B, Nebraska State Office Building, Lincoln, NE 

Thursday, April 23, 2020 – TBD

Meeting Minutes

2017 Minutes 07.28.pdf2017 Minutes 07.28
2017 Minutes 09.08.pdf2017 Minutes 09.08
2017 Minutes 11.03.pdf2017 Minutes 11.03
2018 Minutes 01.11.pdf2018 Minutes 01.11
2018 Minutes 03.09.pdf2018 Minutes 03.09
2018 Minutes 05.10.pdf2018 Minutes 05.10
2018 Minutes 07.12.pdf2018 Minutes 07.12
2018 Minutes 09.06.pdf2018 Minutes 09.06
2019 Minutes 02.22.pdf2019 Minutes 02.22
2019 Minutes 04.18.pdf2019 Minutes 04.18
2019 Minutes 06.20.pdf2019 Minutes 06.20