Division of Developmental Disabilities


The Division of Developmental Disabilities administers the Beatrice State Developmental Center and publicly-funded community based developmental disability services.
Responsibilities include certification, technical assistance, regulations and payment for providers of community based developmental disabilities services, and operation of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (a 24-hour intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities).

Jodi Fenner, Director
Jodi Fenner, Director

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State Plan Forums
The DHHS Division of Developmental Disabilities three year state plan and waiver amendments are due for renewal. Please join us at one of our public state plan forum meetings to share your thoughts. Your input and interest is valued as we continually strive to provide the best services possible for individuals with developmental disabilities in Nebraska.
For a look at the information being shared and questions being asked at the State Plan Forums, PDF click here.


Doing our part to help people live better lives
Thanks to the hard work of the Beatrice State Developmental Center’s (BSDC) staff, more and more individuals are enjoying lives filled with independence and respect.
The hard work of the BSDC team has helped these people gain the skills needed to live in the community that made their transitions possible. In a few of these cases, it has been the BSDC staff who initiated the transition conversation because they recognized the desire of the resident to move near their families.
BSDC has even helped Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities expand their community provider options by almost 50% and increase quality improvements in Community-Based Services (CBS). “Without the efforts of the CBS and BSDC teams, we would not be able to provide BSDC residents with true choices in where and how they will be supported.” Says Jodi Fenner, Director of DHHS’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. “I am so proud that BSDC is a place that provides great supports to the people, who live there, and I am even more proud of our staff who continuously put the needs and desires of the residents as our first priority – even when that means the person may eventually be leaving us to move elsewhere.”
To view some of these success stories, meet some former residents now living more independent lives: Kris, Tony, Brittnee, Heather, Antonio, Craig, Larry


 Contact Us
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-8501


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