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For Immediate Release
September 1, 2016

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

DHHS To Hold Town Hall Meetings Statewide
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Seeks Input on DD Medicaid Waivers, BSDC, Bridges

Lincoln—Courtney Miller, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, is traveling statewide in September on a “Let’s Talk” tour, designed to gain additional stakeholder input on services to be provided through the Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-Based Waivers. The waivers are identified as a priority in the DHHS Business Plan. Miller is also seeking feedback on services provided through the Beatrice State Development Services (BSDC) and the Bridges Program in Hastings.
 
“Creating a more customer-based state government is essential in building a healthy future for Nebraska,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of DHHS. “By including Nebraskans in these very important discussions, we believe that we will simplify processes for consumers, increase quality of care, and offer more efficient and effective solutions.”
 
All interested persons, including consumers and providers, are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts about what works with the current system, including both community based services and state operated facility services, and what needs to be changed.
 
“Individuals, their families, friends, providers, and advocates are critical voices in the programs that serve Nebraskans with developmental disabilities,” said Miller. That’s why DHHS is inviting every member of these important communities to come together for town hall discussions. We are looking forward to receiving the public’s feedback.”
 
Miller is already earning high praise from stakeholders.
 
“The fact that Courtney Miller has attended our parent support meetings, answering questions and giving her contact information, has given new hope to parents,” said Vicki Depenbusch, program director for the Autism Family Network. “I've talked to several parents who have contacted Courtney and she has helped parents find the right resources.  This is such a positive change for parents to have someone who is working and supporting our families. Families continue to struggle understanding the waiver and having an understanding person that families can call for clarity about the waiver is critical. Courtney has been very open and hands-on.”
 
Town Hall meetings will be held in the following locations: 
 
Sept. 6, Lincoln:  6:30-7:30 PM CT, Walt Branch Library, Rooms 1 & 2, 6701 S. 14th St.
 
Sept. 7, Norfolk:  6:30-7:30 PM CT, Norfolk Public Library, 308 West Prospect Ave.
 
Sept. 8, Fremont: 6:30-7:30 PM CT, Gifford Tower, Community Room, 2510 N. Clarkson Street
 
Sept. 9, Omaha: 6:30-7:30 PM CT, Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc., Great Room, 9012 Q Street
 
Sept. 14, Grand Island: 6:30-7:30 PM CT, Edith Abbott Memorial Library, 211 North Washington Street
 
Sept. 15, Live Webinar Hosted by NET: 6:30-7:30 PM CT For mobile devices:  www.channel.vbrick.com/NET/MultiDeviceIndex.aspx
For desktop computers: www.channel.vbrick.com/NET/Index.aspx
 
Sept. 19, Kearney: 3:00-4:00 PM CT, Younes Conference Center, 416 W. Talmadge Road
 
Sept. 20, North Platte: 6:30-7:30 PM CT, North Platte Public Library, 120 West 4th St.
 
Sept. 21, Gering: 6:30-7:30 PM MT, Gering Public Library, 1055 P St.

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