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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2016

Contact Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402 471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202, julie.naughton@nebraska.gov

Department of Health and Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities and Medicaid Divisions to Hold Stakeholder Meeting
Next session to be held May 19; others scheduled for June 28 and July 26

Lincoln—Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the DHHS Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and the Medicaid and Long-Term Care are seeking input from individuals they serve, providers, and other stakeholders on three Medicaid home and community-based waivers going through the federal renewal process. 

“These divisions are working together and with our partners to develop services that best meet the needs of those we serve,” said Phillips.  “We have a renewed commitment to make government better and more customer-focused for the citizens of Nebraska.” 
 
And DHHS’s partners are responding positively. “Our recommendations for more family and community involvement in the planning process has been greeted with positive feedback and quick action,” said Mike Tufte, executive director of PTI Nebraska, a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs. “The creation of the workgroups has been a welcome change and we can see the benefits already.”
 
The next monthly stakeholder meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 10 am to noon in Lower Level D at the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South. A call-in option is also available at 888-820-1398. The attendee code is 5879928#.  Future sessions will be held on June 28 and July 26.

"We work better when we work together, and our team is excited to partner with our sister division to hear directly from stakeholders as we work to redesign and improve our collective system of supports and services for people with disabilities," said Calder Lynch, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.
 
Courtney Miller, director of the Department of Developmental Disabilities, said DHHS is committed to a transparent, inclusive approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead.  Key priorities are directed at the basic principles of a focus on person-centered customer service, improving access and service availability while assuring basic safeguards, and promoting consumer choice and self-determination.
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