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What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

What you need to know

IMPORTANT! DRAFT 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan Goals and Objectives

The draft of the 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan Goals and Objectives is now open for public comment. If you have comments or suggestions, please submit them to: Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, or email dhhs.ddcouncil@nebraska.gov by January 15, 2021.

After receiving feedback from the public comment period, the State Plan and any changes will be reviewed by Council members for final approval. If significant changes are made to the goals and objectives based on public comment, then the Council will re-release them in February 2021 for an additional round of public comment. After the Council approves the final goals and objectives, Council staff submit them to the federal government for approval.

Accessibility info: If you would like the draft of the 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan Goals and Objectives in another format, please email dhhs.dd.council@nebraska.gov or call (402) 471-2330 or (402) 471-9570 (TTY).

DRAFT 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan Goals and Objectives - English

DRAFT 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan Goals and Objectives - Spanish

2020 DD Council Needs Assessment - The Council spent many months collecting public input through surveys, interviews, and focus groups. More than 500 people with disabilities, families, professionals, and advocates provided feedback in a needs assessment survey distributed state-wide during the summer and early fall of 2020. The goal of the survey was to have a broad geographic distribution, language and ethnic diversity, and multiple developmental disabilities' representation.

The intent of the Developmental Disabilities Act and the Council is to reverse the historical bias against people with disabilities by focusing on five major goals areas:

  • Independence
  • Productivity
  • Integration
  • Inclusion
  • Self-Determination


Person-Centered Planning

DHHS and the Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities are launching a new Person-Centered Planning Initiative to reinvigorate person-centered supports for all Nebraska's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.

Person-centered planning is a process-oriented approach empowering people to plan their life, find their voice, and work toward reaching their goals.  The goal of person-centered planning is to support participants to be the center of planning their supports and goals.

For more information, please visit the Person-Centered Planning webpage. 

The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities is located within the Division of Public Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

DD Council Staff

Kristen Larsen, Executive Director: (402) 471-0143
Joni Dulaney, Program Specialist: (402) 471-0151
Nikki Krause, Administrative Assistant: (402) 471-2330

Councils on Developmental Disabilities Formed in Federal Law:

  • Created by the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act) in 1970.
  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - federal agency responsible for oversight.
  • Funded in every State and Territory of the United States - represents a Federal-State partnership in developing futures for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Governor appoints twenty-five Council members to a three-year term; more than 60% of members are people with developmental disabilities or family members.

What we d​o

Priorities identified in a five-year state plan focus on improving the system of supports for persons with disabilities and their families. Goals concentrate on persons who experience a severe disability that occurs before the age of twenty-two, including persons with physical disabilities, mental/behavioral health conditions, and developmental disabilities. Support systems across the lifespan are examined.

The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities: 

  • Awards subawards to various agencies, organizations, and other entities to address gaps and barriers in the system.
  • Identifies legislation introduced and educates policymakers on the impact of these bills on persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Presents testimony at relevant hearings and follows applicable regulation development.
  • Serves on committees to ensure discussions include needs of persons with developmental disabilities. 


Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-2330
Telecommunications for the Deaf
(402) 471-9570
Mailing Address

301 Centennial Mall South

PO Box 95026

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026