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March 7, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287, cell (402) 560-3159


All Three Regional Centers Have Successful Surveys DHHS Reorganization Credited

Lincoln – All three of the state’s Regional Centers successfully passed their latest inspections with flying colors and near perfect scores.

Both the Lincoln and Hastings Regional Centers have received full accreditation from the Joint Commission. In addition, the Norfolk Regional Center’s mental health program passed a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) site visit and is fully certified. The results were received in the past three weeks.

"I am so proud of staff at the Regional Centers, who came pretty darn close to perfect scores," said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Adams was appointed to head the Division as part of the agency’s reorganization that took effect July 1, 2007.

"I’m pleased that we were able to resolve any issues to the satisfaction of the Joint Commission at the Lincoln Regional Center," Adams said. "The immediate threat situation imposed in January has been fully abated and withdrawn."

In addition, the results of the unannounced visits at Hastings and Norfolk Regional Centers are overwhelmingly positive and provide a professional outside look that tells us the quality of care is exceptional, he said.

For example, the Hastings Regional Center was in compliance with all but two standards and the Lincoln Regional Center with all but 11 of approximately 300 standards. The Norfolk Regional Center was in compliance with all but one out of approximately 200 standards.

"I’m delighted with this success," said Bill Gibson, CEO of the Regional Centers. "Staff have my respect and gratitude for providing quality services and taking professional pride in doing what’s necessary to successfully pass these national surveys."

Joint Commission surveys are conducted at least once every three years. CMS surveys occur at random.