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January 20, 2010


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

Assessments Planned to Bring Operations Staff at BSDC
Proportionate to Individuals Served

Lincoln – Jodi Fenner, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, met today with Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) employees to walk through the internal assessment process that will be used to determine future staffing levels and organization of operations units in anticipation of possible staff reductions later in the year.

Direct care staff at BSDC will not be affected in this assessment. Operations staff includes food service, maintenance and grounds, housekeeping and ancillary services, and laundry/sewing.

“Operations is the one area that has not been fully assessed, and we’ll be able to determine where efficiencies can be achieved, while still providing the best care possible to the individuals at BSDC,” Fenner said. “This is a budgetary issue that has nothing to do with the quality of BSDC employees.”

Right sizing the operations units to reflect the needs and number of residents is essential for long-term fiscal sustainability.

Changes to how services are provided to meet federal requirements has also affected the operations. For example, food service is being moved to the neighborhoods on campus to allow residents to participate in preparation of their own meals and gain skills.

Currently there are 182 residents on the BSDC campus and over 150 staff in the operations area.