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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

The collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Developmental Disabilties (DDD) and Nebraska VR maximizes federal matching dollars to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, while complying with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Home and Medicaid Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule.

Groups served by the project include:

  • Individuals with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from the DOE and turn age 21 in SFY17.
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities who are presently being served in sheltered workshops.
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities who are on the registry of unmet need for day services and are past their date of need.

Nebraska VR will:

  • Provide assessment services for eligibility and identify if competitive integrated employment is appropriate at this time.
  • Determine if the individual is interested in competitive, supported or customized employment
  • Work with individual's team to develop an individual employment plan for supported or customized employment.
  • Identify stabilization and supports for long term employment and success.

In addition to the VR services, DDD will continue to provide supports and services based on the needs and preferences of the individual as outlined in the individual support plan (ISP).

The project benefits:

  • Coordinate services between DDD and VR.
  • Avoid duplication of services between the two systems.
  • Focus on employment, integration and inclusion for those individuals we support.
  • Maximize federal matching funds.
  • Ensure compliance with WIOA and HCBS Setting Rule by targeted date.
  • Build provider expertise on VR services and employment.
  • Allow utilization of the additional funds to remove individuals with developmental disabilities from the registry of unmet needs who are past their date of need by providing day services.
  • Accomplish these services with no additional state funds by leveraging a greater federal fund match ratio (1 to 3.69) through VR.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything job seekers need to know about the collaboration between Nebraska VR and Developmental Disabilities. (Click on the question to reveal the answer.)

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Yes, but the individual cannot receive any DD employment-related day services (Prevocational, Supported Employment - Follow-Along, Supported Employment - Individual, or Supported Employment - Enclave) while receiving VR services.

Yes, the individual would be able to participate in the following waiver services:

  • Adult Day Services
  • Habilitative Community Inclusion
  • Habilitative Workshop
  • Respite

Yes, an individual may choose a different provider for residential and for Supported Employment. Services cannot happen at the same time.

Competitive, integrated employment is defined as being gainfully employed in a job that takes place in an integrated community setting where the participant receives a competitive wage for their job. Competitive wage is at or above the minimum wage, but no less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by an individual without a disability. Benefits include worker's compensation, paid holidays, paid vacations, paid sick time, health insurance, etc. Any limitations in work hours or level of pay must result directly from the participant's disability, which cannot be overcome by additional services and supports. An integrated community setting is a competitive employment worksite in the community in which individuals with disabilities interact with individuals without disabilities (other than those who are providing services to them) to the same extent that individuals without disabilities in comparable positions interact with other individuals.

Supported Employment (SE) means competitive integrated employment, including customized employment, in which an individual with a disability is working toward competitive integrated employment that is individualized, and consistent with the unique strengths, abilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual, and includes ongoing support services.

YES, if someone loses his/her job at any time or point, he/she can return to VR for employment services.

The team will have case by case discussions of the concerns to determine if another service, such as Supported Employment - Individual, would be more appropriate. If the job is lost, the participant may be referred back to VR.

If the participant has a job and needs continued support - DD; If the participant loses the job and needs to start over - VR will pick up. After VR services are exhausted, continued supports will fall back on DD.

DD will review these scenarios on a case by case situation by evaluating what is maximizing their potential and what was determined by VR that the person needs to maintain the job once the VR case is closed.

Service Providers will track their own employees by name, identifying number, start dates, and CCIR intervals with a basic spreadsheet to provide Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division.

Yes, the ineligibility letter will outline the process for appeal with the Client Assistance Program (CAP).

Watch Pathway to Employment Video Series

The Pathway to Employment Video Series is designed to de-mystify the many services provided to clients and businesses while highlighting the innovation that is the culture of Nebraska VR. While certainly each story is either one of progress towards an employment goal or a client's employment goal success, they are also stories about the important role played by staff members, businesses, ATP, Easter Seals, Project SEARCH, and others. Go to:

Our Mission

We help people with disabilities, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment while helping businesses recruit, train, and retain employees with disabilities.

Contact Us

Nebraska VR
Nebraska Department of Education
Address: P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509
Telephone: 402-471-3644
Toll Free: 877-637-3422 or 877-NE-REHAB
FAX: 402-471-0788