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December 23, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or


Lincoln Regional Center Gets Perfect Score on Federal Survey

Lincoln – The Lincoln Regional Center passed an early December Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey of general psychiatric services with no deficiencies. The Lincoln Regional Center is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“I’m very proud that the Lincoln Regional Center had ‘zero’ deficiencies after surveyors looked into complaints regarding patient rights and a safe environment,” said Scot Adams, Ph.D., director of the DHHS Division of Behavioral Health. “Surveyors complimented staff on having such a safe environment for patients and staff.”

Adams said part of LRC’s success is because of the emphasis on trauma-informed care, which focuses on wellness and recovery for trauma survivors, their families and treatment providers.

State CMS Surveyors interviewed staff and patients and reviewed all internal investigation reports, all incident/accident reports, all restraint seclusion reports, and 10 patient records. They also reviewed staffing plans for all of Nursing Service and Programming and determined that the plans in place are appropriate.

“I appreciate the new set of eyes that surveyors can bring to the services and environment at the Regional Centers,” Adams said. “We all want the people being served to receive quality services.”