Nebraska Revised Statute 81-6,122

Chapter 81 Section 6,122

81-6,122.

Strategic plan for providing services; department; duties; advisory committee; report; contents.

(1) The Department of Health and Human Services shall develop a comprehensive strategic plan for providing services to qualified persons with disabilities in the most integrated community-based settings pursuant to the Olmstead decision.

(2) The department shall (a) convene a team consisting of persons from each of the six divisions of the department to assess components of the strategic plan which may be in development; (b) consult with other state agencies that administer programs serving persons with disabilities; (c) appoint and convene a stakeholder advisory committee to assist in the review and development of the strategic plan, such committee members to include a representative from the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services, the Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities, the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council, the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Rehabilitation Services in the State Department of Education, a housing authority in a city of the first or second class and a housing authority in a city of the primary or metropolitan class, the Assistive Technology Partnership, the protection and advocacy system for Nebraska, an assisted-living organization, the behavioral health regions, mental health practitioners, developmental disability service providers, an organization that advocates for persons with developmental disabilities, an organization that advocates for persons with mental illness, an organization that advocates for persons with brain injuries, and an area agency on aging, and including two persons with disabilities representing self-advocacy organizations, and, at the department’s discretion, other persons with expertise in programs serving persons with disabilities; (d) determine the need for a consultant to assist with the development of the strategic plan; (e) provide a preliminary progress report to the Legislature and the Governor by December 15, 2016, which includes, but is not limited to, (i) the components of the strategic plan which may be in development and (ii) the department’s recommendation on hiring a consultant; (f) provide a second progress report to the Legislature and the Governor by December 15, 2017; and (g) provide the completed strategic plan to the Legislature and the Governor by December 15, 2018. The reports and completed plan shall be submitted electronically to the Legislature.