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August 11, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CT

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

Gov. Heineman & Dir. Fenner Announce BSDC's Third Federal Certification

Certification Starts Flow of Federal Funds

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

“This news marks progress,” Gov. Dave Heineman said. “Jodi Fenner and her team at BSDC are to be commended for continuing to make significant progress in providing quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”

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

BSDC’s Sheridan Cottages Intermediate Care Facility now meets all eight conditions of participation in the ICF program. This makes it eligible to receive federal funding, effective on the last day of the final survey visit, which occurred on July 28, 2011.  Twenty-six individuals reside in the three cottages that comprise Sheridan Cottages.

Jodi Fenner, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service, said, “We are getting closer to having all five ICFs at BSDC certified, and I want to thank employees for their commitment to the people we serve. Their dedication over the past several years continues to reap positive results, and the remaining two ICFs are on track to be fully certified.”

Examples of 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, and more employment opportunities for individuals. 

All five areas on campus are now licensed by the state and three are federally certified. BSDC is waiting for the second survey for one remaining ICF, and will be asking for a certification survey to be scheduled for the last area in the near future.


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