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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2012
 
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Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or kathie.osterman@nebraska.gov
 
Gov. Heineman & Dir. Fenner Announce All Five BSDC Living Units Now Federally Certified
 
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 fifth and final living unit at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) has been federally certified.  As a result all living units are now eligible to receive federal funding.
 
Gov. Dave Heineman said, “This has been our goal and I want to commend Jodi Fenner and her team for their determination and continued progress in providing quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”
 
BSDC’s Kennedy Building now meets all eight conditions of participation in the Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) program, making it eligible to receive federal Medicaid funding effective June 1, 2012.  Eight people live in the Kennedy Building. 
 
BSDC was one large institution and has changed to operate as five, smaller independently-licensed ICFs.  Each unit must pass a state licensing survey and two federal surveys to become certified.  All five ICFs on campus are now licensed by the state and federally certified.  They include 400 State Building, State Cottages, Sheridan Cottages, Solar Cottages and 100 Kennedy Building.
 
Fenner said three of the ICFs previously certified have also passed their second annual surveys. 
 
“The changes made at BSDC over the past several years are now how we do our business,” Fenner said.  “That we have passed subsequent surveys means we continue to provide quality services that are sustainable.  We continue to be diligent to ensure we provide the best possible services to people at BSDC.” 
 
Examples of improvements that have made certification possible include a comprehensive overhaul of services, additional medical and clinical professionals on staff, new hiring and training procedures for staff, implementation of the quality assurance and improvement program, and more employment and community integration opportunities for people who live there.
 
Gov. Heineman and Fenner both extended their thanks to all BSDC employees for their ongoing commitment to the people BSDC serves and whose hard work over the past several years resulted in this achievement. 
 
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