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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2016

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DHHS Receives Grant to Implement National Core Indicators

Lincoln— Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received a $29,840 grant from the federal Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) to implement the National Core Indicators in the state.

The National Core Indicators (NCI) is a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) and U.S. states. The purpose of the program is to support states gathering a standard set of developmental disability-related performance and outcome measures to maximize effectiveness of developmental disability services for Nebraskans.

“Participating in NCI will allow DHHS to gather a standard set of additional performance and outcome measures we can use to track performance over time, to compare results across states, and to improve programming to provide better customer service and a bigger impact to those in need,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of DHHS.   

Nebraska is participating in the Adult Consumer Survey and the Staff Stability Survey of NCI, said Courtney Miller, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at DHHS.
NCI is an additional component to obtain the consumer’s voice on DD programming, said Miller. “We are committed to continuous quality improvement, and historically Nebraska has not gathered the data that NCI will track,” she said. “This baseline will help us to identify areas to improve, as NCI surveys often drive policy decisions and systematic improvement.”

The Adult Consumer Survey (ACS) is a face-to-face conversation completed with a minimum of 400 individuals who are 18 years of age or older and receiving at least one paid service from the state (in addition to case management). Topics include satisfaction with service coordination, relationships, housing and community inclusion. Data will be collected until June 1, 2017, with results expected later next year.

The Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will conduct the Adult Consumer polling. “We will send out 400 surveys on a statewide basis,” said Wayne Stuberg, professor and associate director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation (MMI). He is also director of the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at MMI. “The current leadership of DHHS and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have made the quality of these services a real priority.” 

The Staff Stability Survey is an online survey of provider agencies supporting adults with DD in residential, employment, day services and other in-home or community inclusion programs.  The survey captures information about wages, benefits, and turnover of the direct care professional workforce, hired by agencies.