Developmental Disabilities Resources

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Developmental Disabilities

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    DHHS–DD Publications

    Application for developmental disabilities services

    Agency Provider Directory - Directory of agency providers of developmental disabilities services.

    Applying for Developmental Disabilities Services - Instructions on how to complete the developmental disabilities application on ACCESSNebraska.

    Available Services for Teens & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities (en Español) - Explains the transition from school services to adult services. Includes information from the Department of Education, Nebraska VR and DHHS-DD. Print two-sided for booklet. Print two-sided Spanish booklet.

    DD Service Directory (en Español) - Service descriptions, including definitions, limits, frequency, duration, provider types and provider qualifications for developmental disabilities services under the HCBS waivers.

    DD Services Assessment & Budgeting Brochure (en Español) - Explains the process used to assess needs and decide budgets for purchasing developmental disabilities services.

    DD Services Eligibility Brochure (en Español) - Eligibility requirements and how to apply.

    DD Services: Funding to Transition from Educational Services (en Español) - Explains funding priority for eligible persons and what this means for graduates.

    DHHS-DD Staff Directory and Office Locations with Service Coordination - Who to contact and offices near you.

    Eligibility and Wait List Contacts (en Español) - Who to contact with questions about eligibility, application and the wait list.

    Eligibility Information for Diagnosing Psychologist (en Español) - What DHHS-DD needs in a diagnosis.

    Eligibility Information for School Psychologist (en Español) - What DHHS-DD looks for in verification.

    FAQs: Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation - Answers about services offered by DHHS-DD and VR.

    Functional Behavioral Assessments & Behavior Support Plans - Flow chart for helping participants with target behaviors.

    Functional Behavioral Assessment Template - May be used to complete a FBA. This meets the requirements in the Behavioral Health Service definitions for Heritage Health.

    Habilitation Plan Overview - Guide to writing habilitation programs. It is a companion to habilitation training. 

    HCBS Waivers Available for People with Developmental Disabilities (en Español) - A quick look at the four Medicaid HCBS waivers that may be appropriate for people with developmental disabilities.

    How to Become an Independent Provider for Developmental Disabilities Services (en Español) - An overview of developmental disabilities services, provider qualifications and how to become an independent provider.

    Incident Reporting: Completing General Event Reports (GERs) in Therap - Instructions approved by DHHS-DD and available on Therap.

    Independent Provider Adding Services: Process for Current Providers - How an independent provider adds a new service with Maximus.

    Independent Provider Enrollment: Process for New Providers - How a new independent provider signs up to provide services through Maximus.

    Participant Handbook for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS Waivers (en Español) - Explains what to expect when you choose services from a Medicaid HCBS waiver. 

    Participant Guide for Self-Direction (en Español) - How to work with an independent provider.

    Provider Handbook (en Español) - An overview for developmental disabilities providers, including serving participants, what is expected and how to bill for services.

    Provider ISP Guide - What to expect and how to prepare for a participant's meeting.

    Provider Resources - Resources available for developmental disabilities providers. Includes organizations that maintain provider lists and training opportunities.

    Ready, Set, Go!  (en Español) - Resources to help young adults with developmental disabilities make decisions as they move from high school to adult life. This project was funded by the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    Services Quick Guide for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS DD Waivers (en Español) - Overview of developmental disabilities services under HCBS Waivers. Print two-sided for booklet

    What do I Need to Know About Medicaid? (en Español) - What applicants and participants need to know about Medicaid.

    DHHS Websites 

    ACCESSNebraska - One stop for applying for DHHS services in Nebraska. 

    Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (Network of Care) - (844) 843-6364 - Helps aging Nebraskans and Nebraskans with disabilities improve and coordinate long-term care services.

    State Unit on Aging - (800) 942-7830 - Available local resources and services.  

    Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs - (800) 836-7660 - Focuses on consumers helping consumers, strengthening involvement, getting the best out of the system and finding resources. 

    Down Syndrome Information - DHHS Public Health website with information for people with Down Syndrome, as well as those who love them.  

    Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network - Describes Nebraska's respite provider infrastructure, responsibilities, family support and instructions for the FREE orientation. More information about Lifespan Respite can be found on their website.

    Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities - (402) 471-2330 - Advocates for people with developmental disabilities. 

    Ombudsman's Office - Contact to discuss or seek assistance to resolve a problem, concern or complaint impacting a resident of a long-term care facility. 

    State Transition Plan - Implementing the Settings Requirement for Nebraska's HCBS Waivers.

    Nebraska Resources

    Aging and Disabilities Resource Center - Helps aging Nebraskans and Nebraskans with disabilities improve and coordinate long-term care services locally.

    Along the Way: A Guide for Parents of Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Disabilities - Guide developed by Fritz and O'Hare Associates with funding from the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    Along the Way: A Guide for Adolescents and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Guide developed by Fritz and O'Hare Associates with funding from the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    Along the Way: A Guide for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Guide developed by Fritz and O'Hare Associates with funding from the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    Along the Way: Directory of Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Guide developed by Fritz and O'Hare Associates with funding from the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

    Answers4Families - Information, education and support for Nebraskans with special needs.

    The Arc of Nebraska - (402) 475-4407 - Advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.   

    ATP (Assistive Technology Partnership) - (888) 806-6287 - Helps Nebraskans with disabilities, their families and professionals get assistive technology devices and services.

    Autism Society of Nebraska - Support network of people who advocate, educate and support.

    Department of Education - Nebraska Department of Education information about Special Education.

    Disability Rights Nebraska - (800) 422-6691 - Works for dignity, equality and empowerment of people with disabilities.

    Down Syndrome Alliance of the Heartlands - (402) 991-1800 - Connects people touched by Down Syndrome through education, advocacy and support. 

    Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska - (402) 421-1399 - Support group providing family networking and new parent support for families with children diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

    Easter Seals Nebraska - Provides services to help people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play.

    Education Rights Counsel - Legal services for students and families to make sure the school system meets the student's needs.

    Enable Account with First National Bank - (402) 602-7204 - Provides tax-free Enable accounts for people with disabilities.

    Hotline for Disability Services - (800) 742-7594 - Toll-free hotline by the Nebraska Department of Education. Provides information about rehabilitation, transportation, special parking permits and legal rights.

    Independent Living Council - (402) 438-7979 - Promotes independent living and advocates to promote independence, inclusion, non-discrimination and dignity for people with disabilities. 

    League of Human Dignity – A consumer-based nonprofit organization promoting the full integration of people with disabilities. Advocates for needs and rights while providing quality services to help people be independent.

    Munroe-Meyer Institute - (800) 656-3937 - Federally designated University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Provides services and support for people with intellectual, developmental and genetic disorders.

    Nebraska 211 - Information and referral website hosted by United Way of the Midlands.

    Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network - Provides information and training based on current research about autism spectrum disorders. Associated with UNL.

    Nebraska Family Support Network - (402) 345-0791 - Empowers children and families affected by mental, emotional or behavioral health issues by peer mentoring, education and advocacy.

    Nebraska Legislature - Official website of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. 

    Nebraska Resource and Referral System - Statewide database created with input from Nebraska families, service providers and organizations. 

    Nebraska VR - Helps people with disabilities prepare for, find and keep jobs. Helps businesses recruit, train and retain employees with disabilities.

    OMNI Behavioral Health Training - Trainings on topics of interest to the field of developmental disabilities.

    People First of Nebraska - (308) 530-9209 or (402) 559-4892 – Self-advocacy organization run for and by people with disabilities. 

    PTI Nebraska - (800) 284-8520 - Resource for families of children with disabilities or special health needs. Empowers parents and provides knowledge to improve education and healthcare for children.

    Special Olympics Nebraska - Non-profit organization that uses sports to encourage and empower people with intellectual disabilities, promote acceptance and foster understanding and respect.

    Ticket to Work - Helps people with disabilities explore competitive employment.

    United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska - Educates, advocates and provides support through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people of all ages with disabilities.

    UNL Center for Children, Families, and the Law - Works to improve systems and outcomes for children and families.

    National Resources

    ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) - Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

    American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) - Promotes progressive policies, research, practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) - Works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by working for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - Federal agency responsible for the national administration of Medicare and Medicaid.

    Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) - Resource for Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs).

    Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor - US Department of Labor website to help employers determine which Federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to them. Also helps recipients of Federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities.

    How to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Guide about the challenges faced by autistic students, their parents and teachers. Includes advice and resources to help.

    National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities - Provides assistance to local DD Councils. Supports programs that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for all people with developmental disabilities. 

    National Association of Medical Directors - Bipartisan, nonprofit, professional organization representing leaders of state Medicaid agencies. 

    National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services - Promotes and assists state agencies to develop effective, efficient service delivery systems to support to people with developmental disabilities. 

    National Council on Disability - Independent federal agency which advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

    Quality Mall - Free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Includes practices that help people live, work and participate in communities and improve supports.

    Social Security Online - Official Social Security Website.

    Social Security Online: The Red Book - Guide to employment supports for people with disabilities.

    United Cerebral Palsy - Educates, advocates and provides support to ensure a life without limits for people with disabilities. Works to advance independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.