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Lincoln – To further succeed in its mission of helping people live better lives, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is beginning a system-wide transformation to improve access to government-provided services for Nebraskans with disabilities.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protection from discrimination based on disability. These protections include being granted access to government services and programs to individuals with disabilities, including those with serious mental illness (SMI).
To better serve Nebraskans living with mental and behavioral health issues, DHHS is working to align focus areas to improve access to services cross-divisionally within DHHS. The four focus areas where DHHS will begin include:
“As CEO of DHHS I have taken seriously Governor Ricketts's call for continuous internal improvements to ensure we are serving Nebraskans in the most effective way possible," said CEO Dannette R. Smith. “This work will ensure that the Department helps Nebraskans in need to better receive vital services."
DHHS is committed to continually improving access to programs and services for all Nebraskans. This effort is just the first step in an ongoing commitment to ensure the protections guaranteed through the ADA are embedded throughout all DHHS divisions, policies, and procedures.