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January 2, 2014

Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or 
Specialized DD Training for Providers and Families Offered in Communities Across the State
Lincoln – Being proactive in providing training, technical assistance and consultation to people who provide supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities is a goal of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Jodi Fenner, director of the division.
Fenner says DHHS is bringing Dr. Tom Pomeranz to Nebraska in 2014 through a contract with OMNI Behavioral Health. Dr. Pomeranz is a nationally recognized trainer in the developmental disabilities field with a focus on teaching strategies that promote community participation and supporting people to achieve high quality life.
The trainings are free and will be offered January through April across the state, and again in the fall. The early training consists of two options.
One training option is designed for providers, including clinical staff and management, and consists of coaching strategies and more to improve the effectiveness and productivity in serving people with developmental disabilities.
The other option is for parents, surrogate and foster parents, and staff who work with parents of young children with developmental disabilities with a focus on nurturing the development of young children with developmental disabilities from birth to age five.
Attendance for the training sessions with Dr. Pomeranz is limited, and Fenner encourages people to sign up early. People can learn more about the training, check dates and locations, and register through the OMNI Behavioral Health website at, email, or call 402-397-9866 ext. 120.
According to Fenner, the DHHS Division of Developmental Disabilities and OMNI will provide many additional training opportunities for families and educators later in 2014, with some already listed on the OMNI training website.