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December 15, 2011
Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or
Gov. Heineman & Dir. Fenner Announce BSDC’s Fourth Federal Certification
Lincoln – Gov. Dave Heineman and Jodi Fenner, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, announced that the fourth of five parts of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) has been federally certified.  As a result the unit will now receive federal funding.
“This brings BSDC very close to full certification,” Gov. Dave Heineman said. “This has been our goal and I want to commend Jodi Fenner and her team for making continued progress to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”
BSDC’s Solar Cottages now meets all eight conditions of participation in the ICF program, making it eligible to receive federal funding effective the last day of the final survey visit, which occurred on Nov. 23, 2011.  Forty-three individuals live in Solar Cottages.
BSDC was one large institution and has changed to operate as five, smaller independently-licensed Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF).  Each unit must pass a state licensing survey and two federal surveys to become certified.  All five living areas on campus are now licensed by the state and four are federally certified. 
Fenner said the four ICFs now certified represent 94% of people living at BSDC and that in September, BSDC asked for the final certification survey to be scheduled for the fifth living area where nine individuals live.
Fenner said, “I expect the last of the ICFs at BSDC to be certified in the near future.  I want to thank all of the employees for their commitment to the people we serve and whose hard work over the past several years continues to reap positive results.”
Examples of improvements at BSDC that have made certification possible include a comprehensive overhaul of services, having consistent staffing and assigning staff to each of one of the five areas, improved training and support in the homes, and more employment opportunities for people who live there.