The first of five parts of the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been federally certified and that means federal funding is once again restored to that specific unit. Governor Dave Heineman made the announcement today.
“As a result of recertification the certified unit is receiving federal funding. I want to emphasis this is the first of five units but it is a major step in the right direction as we serve the developmentally disabled at BSDC.”
Instead of one large institution, the services are being broken into five smaller, independently licensed facilities and each will have to be certified to receive funding.
Jodi Fenner, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Department of Health and Human Services says this is a huge step in getting the center back on track.
“BSDC is back on track to be fully certified and provide quality services to those who need them. It has taken a while to get there but all of the effort has been worth it.”
Fenner says everyone involved in the changes at BSDC deserve a pat on the back.
“We meet routinely with the parents both with the parent groups and also during individual contacts. I can say the same for the community of Beatrice. This really has been a team effort and not just the team at BSDC but a community as a whole.”
As of February 18th, the one unit was certified and that means federal Medicaid funding is restored.
“For the remainder of this fiscal year, that will amount to $1.8 million dollars of federal funds. On an annual basis, that will equate to about 4.9-million in federal funds.”
Work will continue on certifying the four other units. The state has licensed two others and is waiting to hear back from the federal government regarding certification for them as well.