Federal officials have certified three of the five units at the Beatrice State Development Center, making those three eligible for federal funding.
Governor Heineman calls it a significant step for the center.
“What it means is we continue to make very important progress with BSDC,” Heineman says. “All five units now are state licensed. Three are federally certified, which means they can now begin to receive federal dollars. We hope the other two will occur in the very near future.”
BSDC serves developmentally disabled clients. It is in transition, from one large institution to five independently-licensed Intermediate Care Facilities. Each unit must pass state licensing and two federal surveys to become certified to receive federal funding. BSDC is waiting for a second survey for one of the remaining units. The state has asked for a federal certification survey to be scheduled for the final unit.
Heineman is confident the federal government will certify the remaining two units.
“I do expect it to occur and I hope in the very near future,” Heineman says.
Sheridan Cottages Intermediate Care Facility has won federal certification and now can received federal funding to treat the 26 patients it has, meeting eight conditions of participation in the ICF program.
The BSDC has undergone a comprehensive overhaul of its services. To qualify for federal funding, the units must offer a full range of medical services, individuals must have an opportunity to become involved in the community and employment opportunities must be offered. Federal certification also requires full staffing and that the staff be fully trained.