Nebraska's Olmstead Plan
The Nebraska Olmstead Plan will improve disability services statewide. The Plan will serve as Nebraska’s roadmap for programs and services for persons with disabilities.
The Plan will analyze current State services:
- In the most integrated setting;
- Expansion of integrated opportunities;
- Have specific and reasonable time frames;
- Measurable goals.
The Plan must cover all populations:
- People with intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and physical disabilities;
- Aging populations;
- Persons at serious risk of institutionalization or segregation.
The Plan should also assess and provide strategies:
- To improve and maintain self-directed, long-term and attendant care;
- Affordable and safe housing;
- Employment and training;
- Health and mental health services;
- Accessible and universally-designed technology;
- Support services for families.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-6,121 & 81-6,122 to: perform an assessment of components of the strategic plan; consult with other state agencies that administer programs serving persons with disabilities and develop a comprehensive strategic plan for providing services to qualified persons with disabilities in the most integrated community-based settings pursuant to the Olmstead decision.
DHHS with Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) consulting services will create the Nebraska Olmstead Plan. TAC has assigned highly qualified team members to this project. The TAC team members have experience in services and housing across disabilities. TAC also has past experience with Nebraska.
This project plan has three phases:
- Phase One: TAC will perform a system scan and analysis to develop a general baseline of the services, housing and other factors that support the ability of people with disabilities to live in integrated community-based settings.
- Phase Two: TAC will meet onsite with the state team, the Advisory Committee, and conducting key stakeholder interviews.
- Phase Three: TAC will draft and finalize the Olmstead Plan.
The targeted timeline allows for the completed strategic plan to the Governor and Legislature by December 15, 2018 as specified in Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-6,121
Second On-site TAC Visit
Olmstead Advisory Committee Meeting - 10am to 11am
Interviews with Stakeholders – 11:30am to 2:30pm
The Olmstead Plan Kick-Off took place from August 15-17. The Kick-Off agenda included;
Person State Leadership-Steering Committee
- Discussion of Olmstead Planning and Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities
- TAC Team to get document recommendations from this group for environmental scan and data reviews
Advisory Committee Meeting
- Olmstead Presentation
- Discussion of Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities
- Discuss committee members roles
- Plan if there is no consensus for steps in the Olmstead plan
- Providers 9 to 10:30
- Consumers 11 to 12:30
- Families 1 to 2:30