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February 25, 2010

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

Tell Us What Should be Considered for the Next DD State Plan

Lincoln – People with a developmental disability, their families and friends, advocates and anyone else who’s interested can make suggestions on the next State Plan for developmental disabilities.

“Our current three-year State Plan ends this June, and we need your ideas,” said Jodi Fenner, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s important to build the State Plan on a foundation of stakeholder input, and we’re hoping for large turnouts at the meetings.”

The State Plan helps set the future direction for publicly-funded services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. This comprehensive, integrated statewide plan is required by statute through the Developmental Disabilities Services Act.

“We’ve also looked at needs identified by other organizations to make sure we have as much information as possible as we move forward,” said Fenner. That review included the Nebraska Developmental Disability Council’s Needs Assessment and the Nebraska Advocacy Services, Inc. Strategic Plan.

The schedule of stakeholder meetings is listed below. All meetings and the March 30 videoconference will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, except for the March 26 meeting in Kearney, which will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST.

Monday, March 8, 4-6 pm Scottsbluff: Platte Valley, 1212 Circle Drive
Tuesday, March 9, 4-6pm North Platte: 200 S. Silber, Craft State Office Bldg., Room 045
Monday, March 15, 4-6pm Omaha: 1821 N. 73rd Street, Service Coordination Conference Room
Wed., March 17, 4-6 pm Lincoln: Gold’s Building, 1033 “O” Street, Room 534
Friday, March 26, 5-7 pmKearney: Ramada Inn, 301 Second Avenue

Tuesday, March 30, 4-6pm -- Video Conferences offered at the following sites:
Ainsworth: Ainsworth Public Library, 5th & Main Streets
Beatrice: Beatrice State Developmental Center, 3000 Lincoln Blvd., Medical Center Conf. Room 2
Grand Island: Grand Island Public Library, 211 N. Washington Street
Kearney: Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue
Lincoln: Executive Building, 521 S. 14th Street, Suite 103
Norfolk: Northeast Community College, 810 E. Benjamin Ave., Maclay Bldg., Room 122
Omaha: Omaha State Office Building, 1313 Farnam, Room 207 (2nd Floor)
O’Neill: Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, 2nd & Adams Streets, Lower Level Conf. Room
Scottsbluff: Panhandle Research & Extension Center, 4502 Avenue I, High Plains Room

For further information, contact Kim McFarland at or by calling 402-471-8714.