State Lawmaker Says a Role Remains, For BSDC

BEATRICE – A Nebraska State Lawmaker says he was briefed on the future of the Beatrice State Developmental Center, prior to last week’s announced staff reduction at the developmental disability care institution.

Recently, The Health and Human Services Division of Disability Services CEO announced a reduction of 39 positions at the center, though not in front-line care positions.

Senator Roy Baker says prior to that, another 68 positions that were vacant at BSDC, were not going to be filled.

:21                  “in Beatrice”

In the past, when discussion has been held about the future of BSDC, it has raised concerns not only about care options, but about the economic impact on the Beatrice area.

:10                  “over the years”

Federal law has shifted to an emphasis on providing the least-restrictive method of care for those with developmental disabilities. However, Baker says for some patients, care provided at BSDC is the best option.

:22                  “anything different”

By order of the U.S. Justice Department, even the institutional setting at BSDC has changed, to a series of intermediate care facilities.  The BSDC Campus could also take on a different look in the future.  Two structures, “B” and “C” buildings, are on a list for demolition.  HHS officials have stated that a single public hearing will be held to gain input into services for the developmentally disabled, prior to a plan being submitted to the Governor and Legislature, this June.

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