Participant & Family Page
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
pages. These are updated regularly with new information and opportunities.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities is
looking for Self-advocates to help conduct Participant Experience Surveys in
the months of April-July 2018. Learn more! If you are interested please contact Raquel
Edmunds at (402)471-8720.
Nebraska Homestead Exemption - A person who is eligible for DD services is eligible for property tax relief as a Nebraska homeowner. Information from the NE Department of Revenue. If you have questions, you can 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.
Regulation Drafts for Public Comment
The Division is in the process of writing regulations. For information on the process and how you can be involved, please see the public comment page.
We want to improve services in Nebraska. Nebraska is participating in a National Core Indicators (NCI) project that assesses the quality of life for adults receiving DD services. Check our 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 as independently as possible, and access the 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?
Registry of Unmet Needs / 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 can be placed on the registry of unmet needs.
Services will be offered when funding becomes available. Funding is usually offered based on your date of need. The date of need can be no earlier than the date of application. You are considered to be waiting for services once your date of need passes.
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 funding amount is based on your level of care. A state worker will complete an assessment to determine this.
Objective Assessment Process (OAP)
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 have a conversation with you about your needs and what types of services and supports can help you meet your goals.
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