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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2012
 
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Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313, Kathie.osterman@nebraska.gov
 
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New Service Options Available for Children with Developmental Disabilities
 
Lincoln – New options are now available to children receiving services through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities.
 
According to Jodi Fenner, director of the DHHS Division of Development Disabilities, the new options include more services at the end of the school day or between school sessions, preparation for and maintaining employment like job coaching or job readiness skills, and funding participation in integrated summer recreation activities in the community to build social skills and personal community networks like sports or summer reading programs.  
 
“Helping children and their families live better lives is important to us, and we’re thrilled families will be able to benefit from these new services,” said Fenner.  “Being able to learn and maintain skills throughout the year are important options for them.”
 
Fenner said the agency added these services to its application for renewal of the home and community based services waiver for children.  The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the five-year renewal effective June 1.
 
Home and community based waiver services are available to eligible children and youth through age 21 or until the end of the school year in which the person turns 21, and primarily provides residential habilitation services and training for age-appropriate independent living skills and supports to families when the person lives with his or family.  About 325 children and youth receive these services.
 
More information about community based services can be found at http://dhhs.ne.gov/developmental_disabilities/Pages/dip_ded_dedindex.aspx
 
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