The goal for Developmental Disabilities Services is to provide an array of services to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in finding the greatest amount of independence with the right supports in the most inclusive environment possible.
Every two years, the Nebraska Legislature appropriates Program 424, DD Aid to the Division of Developmental Disabilities, to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Division is mandated to maximize this funding by requiring that “all Nebraska residents eligible for funding for specialized services under the Developmental Disabilities Services Act shall apply for and accept any federal Medicaid benefits for which they may be eligible and benefits from other funding sources. . .” (Nebraska Revised Statutes § 83-1216 (4)). The Division accomplishes this mandate primarily through the utilization of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers that provide federal matching funds through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to supplement the DD Aid appropriated by the State. This provision allows states to provide services to target populations at risk of institutionalization, such as individuals with developmental disabilities.
More information on the CMS requirements for waivers can be found at the CMS Website
The Division recognized the need to provide for more person-centered practices to allow people with developmental disabilities to work and participate in their communities as fully as possible. In 2011, after consultation with technical assistance personnel provided by CMS and gathering input from stakeholders, the Division revised its waivers to expand the services available to individuals in the community.
Copies of these waivers, and videos that describe the services provided in these revised waivers, may be found by clicking on the links above.