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May 14, 2014

Susan Feyen, OMNI, at 402-397-9866, ext. 108, or OR
Gwen Hurst, DHHS, at 402-471-8716, or

Training Available for Providers and Families of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in 13 Nebraska Communities
Lincoln – A variety of topics to help people better serve individuals with developmental disabilities will be covered in training sessions scheduled across the state this summer. The training is offered free of charge by the Department of Health and Human Services and coordinated by OMNI Behavioral Health.
Topics include:
  • There is Life after High School: The Pathway to Adult Status
  • Maximizing Successful Outcomes of Inclusive Education
  • Nutritional Assessment and Meal Planning for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Adulthood is an Age, not an IQ
  • Agency Management and Supervision
  • How to be a Leader, not a Manager
  • Providing a Life of Value: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles
  • Prevention of Abuse and Neglect: A Higher Standard
  • Protecting the Right to be an Individual
  • Supporting a Spiritual Life
  • Video Modeling
  • Writing Investigative Reports
“Providing training, technical assistance and consultation to people who provide supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities is an important part of what we do,” said Jodi Fenner, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health and Human Services.
One or more sessions are scheduled for Alliance, Columbus, Hastings, Gering, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Omaha, Scottsbluff and Sidney. The trainers are Dr. Keith Allen; Labor Relations Alternatives; Dr. Tom Pomeranz; Terri Lykins, RD, LMNT; Deb Kolman, RD, LMNT; Colby Coash; Dr. Bill Reay; Dr. Richard Wiener; and Verla Dorn, MA. 
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.