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For Immediate Release
June 25, 2014

Contact Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearings On Early Intervention Services Coordination

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, is holding hearings in July on proposed changes to current regulations related to early intervention services coordination on Thursday, July 3, at 1:30 p.m. CT, in the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A on July 3, and another hearing that will be broadcast to video sites in Omaha and Scottsbluff on Monday, July 14, at 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT.

The proposed changes will bring the regulations into compliance with revised federal regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  The Act specifies the responsibilities of services coordination agencies for infants and toddlers who have disabilities or high probabilities of disabilities to help prepare them to successfully transition to preschool and kindergarten.

DHHS and the Department of Education are co-lead agencies for early intervention services in Nebraska. 

The July 14 hearing will be broadcast to the following video conference sites. In addition to the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, comments will be accepted at:
  • Omaha: ESU 3, Niobrara Room, 6949 South 110th
  • Scottsbluff: Vocational Rehabilitation, 505A Broadway, Suite 500
All interested persons are invited to attend and comment at the hearings.  Written comments are also welcome and will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT the day of the hearing, and should be emailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.gov, faxed to 402-742-2382, or sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026.  Copies of written comments and names of persons submitting them will be available after the hearing from DHHS as above.

The draft regulations can be found at http://www.sos.ne.gov
 
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