Developmental Disabilities Services Available
As a participant in developmental disabilities services,
there are many community-based services you may choose from. DHHS-DD provides
funding and oversight so you may obtain employment, live independently, and
access your community. When you have funding to receive services, you can
choose providers and services to meet your needs.
DHHS-DD provides case management services to
coordinate and oversee your developmental disabilities services.
Your Service Coordinator:
Works with you to develop your service plan based on your needs;
Completes referrals for developmental disabilities providers and assists with visits;
Helps your preferred independent provider to enroll;
Helps you access resources such as Medicaid, SSI, and SNAP;
Helps you identify and access community resources;
Holds meetings at least every six months to help you work toward life goals;
Monitors your plan to ensure it is being implemented and adequately addresses your needs;
Follows up with you to ensure your needs are being met;
Follows up with your guardian and, as requested, your family;
Adjusts your service plan when changes are necessary for success;
Helps advocate for what you need from your service provider(s), family, and community; and
Ensures services promote independence, productivity, and inclusion.
Service Coordination helps you understand
community-based services and how they can meet your needs:
- Day Services focus on finding employment and increasing skills needed to join the workforce. Services include prevocational services, supported employment, transitional services, habilitative workshops, and habilitative community inclusion.
Residential Services occur in your own home or apartment, your family home, or a provider-operated location. All services help you learn independent living skills and access your community.
Provider-operated locations include:
Extended Family Homes (EFH) where you live with a family.
Group Homes where you live with 3 or fewer people with disabilities.
Centers for Developmentally Disabled (CDDs) homes where you live with 4 or more individuals with disabilities. These are licensed by Public Health.
Respite provides relief for your usual non-paid caregiver that lives with you.
Assistive Devices and Modifications
Assistive Technology includes devices, controls, appliances, or other items to increase your independence.
Environmental Modification Assessment determines home or vehicle modifications to meet your needs.
Home Modifications to your private residence help you stay safe and do things yourself.
Vehicle Modifications to your primary vehicle meet your needs and keep you safe.
Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) provides a device to call for help in an emergency.
Crisis Intervention Support for adults provides immediate and intensive strategies to your developmental disabilities provider.
Institutional services are available in Intermediate
Care Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DDs), which
assume total care when you are admitted. The Division operates
ICF/DDs at the Beatrice
State Developmental Center (BSDC).
For more information on developmental
Please keep in mind:
DHHS-DD is not a crisis response agency.
You must be eligible to receive services.
You need to apply for and accept any federal funding for which you may be eligible.
You must be a Nebraska resident while on the wait list and while receiving developmental disabilities services.
Developmental disabilities services are
can choose the provider(s) you want to work with. There are two types of
providers available for developmental disabilities services:
typically people you know. You can select anyone who is not your spouse, parent
if a minor, or your guardian. You are responsible for locating, hiring, firing,
scheduling, training, and supervising your provider. Once you choose your
provider, the state has an approval
process to ensure requirements are met. Your Service Coordinator
can help you with the process. Agency
complete a certification process with DHHS. The agency is responsible
for hiring, firing, scheduling, training, and paying staff that work with you.
There are many agency providers across the state. The
Agency Providers Directory includes alphabetical and geographical
listings, as well as what services each agency provider offers.
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