BEATRICE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Developmental Disabilities Section will be reducing staff at Beatrice State Developmental Center, by 39 positions. Currently, there are 481 BSDC staff members serving 110 individuals with developmental disabilities. Officials have determined through an evaluation process that there is some job duplication, though not in front line services.
In a move described as “right-sizing” BSDC, Director of the Division of Development Disabilities, Courtney Miller said the changes will be made at BSDC, and the division will be transitioning the Bridges Program at the Hastings Regional Center, to other providers. The reduction at BSDC would affect positions such as maintenance and laundry positions.
Miller says a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2014 rule change requires states to provide person-centered plans of care and settings that are home and community-based, rather than institutional… if that’s best for the individual. That requires states to develop a transition plan and make any changes needed, to comply with the rule.
The rule means federal Medicaid funds will not be available to the Bridges Program, and six residents served by the program will be transitioned to other care providers. Twelve of 31 positions in the program would be redirected to quality assurance roles within community-based services.