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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2009

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Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, DHHS, (402) 471-8287

 

Department of Health and Human Services Contracting with ENCOR for Additional Community Services

LincolnENCOR (Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation) will create residential services for an additional six individuals with developmental disabilities, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). ENCOR is an Omaha-based, private nonprofit that provides community programs in five counties in eastern Nebraska.

“ENCOR is responding to the need for community services for people with more serious medical needs,” said John Wyvill, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in DHHS. “They’re coming forward to help develop these critical residential community services.”

ENCOR will open one six-bed medical services unit, licensed as a Center for Developmental Disabilities, and will have 24-hour nursing staff. It will be operational when staff have been hired and a suitable home has been found. Individuals moved from the Beatrice State Developmental Center because of a February 2, 2009 public health order will be given priority for this unit.

ENCOR services promote and support persons with developmental disabilities as they make choices toward meeting their full potential. They provide services in the community that eliminate the need for individuals to be separated from the natural family and involvement in the local community.

ENCOR may also arrange for physical, speech and occupational therapy. Behavior management support is offered to individuals to enhance their skills and reduce behaviors so that they may participate in and contribute to their community.

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