Developmental Disabilities Participants and Families

Disabilities Assistance
Developmental Disabilities

Person-Centered Planning

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities are launching a new Person-Centered Planning initiative to reinvigorate person-centered supports for all Nebraska's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers.

Person-centered planning is used to create service plans for the DHHS HCBS Waivers: the Aged and Disabled Waiver, Developmental Disabilities Waivers, and the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver.

For more information on Person-Centered Planning, visit the DHHS Developmental Disabilities Person-Centered Planning webpage.

Policy Manual

The DD Policy Manual outlines requirements and procedures for Medicaid Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver services. The policy manual is intended to help participants and families understand the system. It provides specific definitions and outlines processes. It supports people to navigate Medicaid HCBS DD Waiver services.

COVID-19 Information

For information about COVID-19, including guidance documents and information for people with disabilities, see the COVID-19 Nebraska DHHS Guidance Document page. There is general information and specific information split by DHHS division.

Planning Services

Your Service Coordinator helps plan services. Planning occurs at meetings. 

Individual Support Plan (ISP) Team

You decide who is on your ISP team. It must include you, your Service Coordinator, and any DD providers who serve you. If you have a guardian, he or she is on the team. You can invite other family, friends, or organizations.

Individual Support Plan (ISP) Meeting

This meeting is with your ISP team. There are at least two meetings each year.

  • Your annual ISP is the main meeting. Before your annual ISP, your coordinator talks with you about your needs and available services.
  • Other meetings discuss your progress toward goals. When services do not meet your needs, any team member can request a meeting. 

Objective Assessment Process (OAP)

Funding is based on your needs. An assessment determines your Individual Budget Amount (IBA). You use your IBA to purchase services

Therap Access

Participants and guardians can access Therap, the web-based case management system.


Being eligible does not mean you will receive funding for services right away. There is not currently enough funds available for all requests. Once eligible, you will be placed on the wait list. DD services will be offered when funding is available.

  • Funding is based on priorities in Nebraska Revised Statute §83-1216 to people:
    • In immediate crisis
    • Who have lived in a Nebraska institutional setting for at least the last 12 months
    • Who are wards of DHHS or under the supervision of the Office of Probation Administration and transitioning out of the system at age 19
    • Transitioning from the educational system at age 21
    • Who are dependents of a member of the armed forces stationed in Nebraska
    • On the wait list, by date of application
  • You can have a Service Coordinator while you are waiting for services.
  • While waiting, you may receive services from Medicaid, including Personal Assistance Services (PAS), services on the Aged and Disabled (AD) Waiver, or Lifespan Respite.

Nebraska VR

Collaboration Announcement - Information about the partnership between DHHS-DD and Nebraska VR.

Visit Nebraska VR's website for information their services.

Nebraska Homestead Exemption

A person who is eligible for DD services and owns a home can receive property tax relief. Information from the NE Department of Revenue. If you have questions, call (402) 453-8167.