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“We’re committed to improving services at BSDC so it can continue as an important service to people with developmental disabilities when they cannot live in a community setting.”
Nebraska Democratic Candidate for Governor, Mike Meister said today it appears there’s a different atmosphere at Beatrice State Developmental Center among staff, residents and administrators. Meister spoke with reporters following a tour of the center, led by BSDC Chief Executive Officer, Dan Howell.
Meister says it’s important to keep in mind that the most serious impact has been on the residents of the center.
He said he was told by the CEO there is less than a year to ensure compliance with a Department of Justice settlement agreement, in order to be certified for federal funding again
Meister, who is facing Republican Governor Dave Heineman in the November election, says the current administration has taken on a mentality with BSDC of, “lets move everyone out at all costs”
Meister called for better leadership from the governor’s office to make sure mistakes made at BSDC aren’t repeated in the future.
Meister, who is from Scottsbluff, is concerned that areas like western Nebraska do not have sufficient facilities or service providers to accept BSDC residents.