NASP News & Updates

July 6, 2021

Upcoming Events

Nebraska DHHS Monthly HCBS Stakeholder Meeting

Monday, July 12th 4-5pm

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Emergency Preparedness

The Prepared4ALL initiative is offered by AUCD’s new Technical Assistance and Training Center and aims to mobilize disability organizations and their networks to foster connections with emergency and public health professionals to build trust, create sustainable relationships, and get a seat at the emergency planning table.

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Reminder of NCDD Subawards

The Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities released RFAs for Opportunity Subawards and the following Formal subawards: HCBS Provider Needs Assessment Project and Transitioning Youth into Adult Services. 

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Subawards will begin no sooner than October 1, 2021 and end September 30, 2022. 

Learn More / Apply Here

Disability Rights Nebraska wants to hear from YOU! Comment on their proposed focus areas for 2022.

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MITC's DSP Awards

DSP’s were one of the critical groups at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and continue to remain so. MITC is awarding $5,000 to 13 hardworking and dedicated DSP’s who are nominated by someone from their agency. 

  • One prize of $1,000
  • 2 prizes of $500.00
  • 10 prizes of $300.00

The deadline to nominate a DSP is July 31st, 2021. MITC will share the awardees’ stories during DSP Recognition Week September 12-19th, 2021. 

Nominate Your DSP Here

2021 DSP Survey Report 

Created in partnership between ANCOR and RELIAS, highlights feedback from 679 DSPs across 43 states on job satisfaction, supervision, career advancement opportunities, and appreciation and recognition.

Using this data, organizational leaders in IDD services can inform policies for better working conditions that will increase DSP satisfaction and, ultimately, positively affect the individuals whom DSPs serve.

Download Your Copy Here

President Biden's Better Jobs, Better Care Act

Read Bill Summary Here

o  Historic legislation with historic investments on HCBS, including better rates, regular rate reviews, quality outcomes, seeking to address the workforce crisis.

o  Expecting another Reconciliation bill which may or may not have hard infrastructure components.

o  FMAP – it is not additive to the ARPA FMAP. Starts with an initial planning period and then making it “permanent” for 10 years. This is a key dial that may be adjusted as part of Reconciliation. Also, an additional 2% for Self-Directed Services, but states do not have to do that piece. 

A big THANK YOU to The Further Foundation for awarding Friends of NASP a grant that will allow us to creatively recruit new DSPs! NASP ED Alana Schriver is excited to share more about this project at our next Monthly Member Meeting Tuesday, July 20th at 1:00pm.

Executive Committee:

Brian Kanter, President

Josh Midgett, Vice President

Steve Hodapp, Treasurer

Brett Samson, Secretary

Pamela Mann

Jodi Ronspies

Becki Kohler

Legislative Committee:

Mark Matulka

Alan Zavodny

Sam Comfort

Peggy McFarland

Elizabeth Wollman

Josh Midgett

Brian Kanter

Debbie Herbel

Employment Committee:

Sam Comfort

Saige Vohs

Cheryl Montgomery

Abigail Woods

Laurie Ackermann

Becki Koehler

Want to Join an existing Committee or start a new one? Click here!