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This page is the hub for people interested in or receiving DD services, their legal representatives, and their families. 
You also can use the Resources and Training pages. These are updated regularly with new information and opportunities.
General Information 
 Therap access release form - If you are a participant or guardian, fill out and submit this form to request a username and password to access Therap, the Division of Disabilities’ electronic case management system.
·     Letter to Guardians and Participants - Information about Therap access
·     Authorization for disclosure of protected health information form - Fill out and submit this form if you are a participant or guardian and would like to request Therap access for someone who is not a participant or guardian.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities is looking for self-advocates to help conduct Participant Experience Surveys in 2018. Learn more!  If you are interested please contact Raquel Edmunds at (402)471-8720.
Collaboration Announcement - Information about the partnership between DD and Nebraska VR.
HCBS Waivers Available for People with Developmental Disabilities - A quick look at the Medicaid HCBS waivers that are available and may be appropriate for persons with Developmental Disabilities.  En Español aquí.
Nebraska Homestead Exemption - A person who is eligible for DD services can receive property tax relief when they own a home. Information from the NE Department of Revenue. If you have questions, call 402-453-8167.
 Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network - Describes Nebraska's respite provider structure, basic information about responsibilities, family caregiver support, and instructions for accessing the orientation.
Participant Guide for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS Waivers - What to expect when you choose to receive services from a Medicaid HCBS waiver. online view  printable (print two-sided) en Español
Participant Guide for Self-Direction - How to work with independent providers.  En Español aquí.
We want to improve DD services in Nebraska. Our National Core Indicators (NCI) project looks at the quality of life for adults. Check out our NCI website, hosted by Monroe-Meyer Institute. Your opinions and feedback can help! 
A NCI surveyor may contact you to participate in the survey. Details are available on these FAQs.
If you are an adult receiving DD services, or someone in your family receives DD services, read our announcement to find out more!
What are DD Services?
DD Services focus on helping eligible participants live the most independent lives possible. Goals are identified and habilitation is developed to teach participants skills to be employed, live where they want, and access their community. 
DD provides funding and oversight of community-based providers. 
The Division does not provide cash payments or payments for room and board.
How do I apply for DD services?
Please see our eligibility page.
Wait List
Being eligible does not mean you will receive funding for services right away. DD services are not an entitlement. There is not currently enough funds available for all requests. Once eligible, you will be placed on the wait list by your date of application.
Services will be offered when funding becomes available. Funding is usually offered based on your date of application. You are eligible to receive Service Coordination services while you are on the wait list.
You may be on the registry for a DD waiver while receiving services from a different Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Waiver, such as the Aged and Disabled (AD) Waiver.
Level of Care
Your participation is based on your level of care. A state worker will complete an assessment.
Objective Assessment Process (OAP)
A second assessment, the ICAP, is completed to determine your Individual Budget Amount (IBA). You can use this amount to purchase services Learn about the process used in the DD Services Assessment & Budgeting Brochure.  En Español aquí.
Planning Services
Your service coordinator helps plan your services. Planning occurs at scheduled meetings.    
Individual Support Plan (ISP) Team
You decide who is on your ISP team. It must include you, your coordinator, and any DD providers you get services from. If you have a guardian, he or she is also on the team. You can invite other family, friends, or organizations who support you.
Individual Support Plan (ISP) Meeting
This meeting is with your ISP team. There are at least two meetings each year. Your "annual ISP" is the main planning meeting. Other meetings discuss your progress toward your goals. If your services and supports are not meeting your needs, any team member can call your coordinator to request a meeting at any time.
Before your annual ISP meeting, your coordinator will talk with you about your needs and what types of services and supports can help you meet your goals.

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