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March 14, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CT

Jen Rae Hein, Gov’s Office
Ashley Cradduck, Gov’s Office
Jeanne Atkinson, DHHS

Gov. Heineman and Dir. Fenner Announce
BSDC First Round of Federal Certification

Certification Starts Flow of Federal Funds

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman and Jodi Fenner, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Department of Health and Human Services, announced that the first of five parts of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) has been federally certified. As a result, the certified unit is now receiving federal funding.

BSDC is currently being transitioned from one large institution into five smaller, independently-licensed Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) on the BSDC campus.  Each unit must pass a state licensing survey and two federal surveys to become certified.

"This is good news," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "I want to recognize and applaud the work of Jodi Fenner and her team at BSDC. They have made significant progress in providing quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities."

BSDC’s 400 State Building Intermediate Care Facility now meets all eight conditions of participation in the ICF program.  This makes it eligible to receive federal funding, going back to the final survey date of February 18, 2011.  Twenty-four individuals reside at 400 State Building.

"We’re quickly making progress, and I want to thank the employees who are working so hard as we move to getting BSDC fully certified," said Dir. Fenner.  "I’m gratified to see the work done over the past several years show such positive results, and I believe that the remaining four ICFs at BSDC are on track to be fully certified."

Examples of changes and improvements at BSDC that made certification possible include a comprehensive overhaul of services, having a full range of medical services, more community involvement for individuals, having consistent staffing and assigning staff to one of the five areas, and improved training and support in the homes. Additionally, there are now more employment opportunities for individuals.  For example, more than 30 people have jobs ranging from working at manufacturing plans, car dealerships, or delivering newspapers to selling their own greeting cards.

Two additional areas on campus are now licensed by the state, and BSDC has asked that federal certification surveys be scheduled for them in the coming weeks.


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