Family Support Waiver Petition

Last week LB 376 The Family Support Waiver was filibustered in part on the urging of Governor Ricketts.  This bill would have helped 850 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities be taken off the Developmental Disabilities Wait List with over 3000 people waiting for services 6-8 years.  This waiver was designed in a well-researched targeted way to help make sure the state would significantly improve its cost-efficiency and get more children the services they actually need. 

The Arc of Nebraska has been working for over 60 years to ensure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities can live in the community.  Previously, the status quo was that people were forcefully segregated into isolation in institutions.  Now 2,332 people qualify for services under the developmental disabilities services waiver but are not receiving funding.  They instead have been forced onto a waiting list that could require them to wait for years to access vital services.

Over a decade ago the LR 156 report said, “Nebraska is at a crossroads with its obligation to Nebraska citizens with developmental disabilities. Several Nebraska Senators have recognized the urgent need to develop a strategic plan to address the current and future needs of citizens with DD and their families.” It seems that we have still failed to take the sort of serious action needed to help people with disabilities.  It’s time to ensure that we fully fund the waiting list.

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We, the people of Nebraska, believe that our legal, ethical, and moral duty is to ensure that people with disabilities are properly served.  Too long have our good neighbors struggled to care for their children, siblings, church members, employees, friends, and community members due to improper funding of the Developmental Disabilities Services Waiver.  We, as Nebraskans, want to ensure that people with disabilities receive the services they need in a thoughtful and comprehensive approach that allows them to live full lives in the community.  Ensuring people with disabilities access to the services they need is our top priority, and as our representatives, we ask that you make it yours. 

Therefore, we call on Governor Ricketts, Division of Developmental Disabilities Director Green, and the Senators who voted against LB 376 to:

1 Fully support and sign on to LR 239.  Including attending hearings, responding to citizen feedback, and engaging in community conversations (including with people with disabilities, families, providers, and organizations that represent people with disabilities)

2 Come forward with policy alternatives in collaboration with disability community leaders to End the Wait List in 5 years.

3 Propose policy alternatives to ensure that we deal with the cracks in our system so that everyone with an intellectual or developmental disability can access the supports they need.

4 Spend a day with one of the families this would have affected to understand their struggle.

We must take action to provide full and proper funding to eliminate the waiting list.

Who's signing

Alexandra Seals
Katy Shelton
Tawnya Mann
Amanda hansen
Katie Hutton
Laura Plank
Keriann Collmann
Stephanie Hogancamp
Dawn Wildermuth
Nicole Vossen
Jen Raker
Apel Alissa
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  • Alexandra Seals
    signed via 2021-05-24 15:23:54 -0700
  • Carla Engstrom
    signed 2021-05-24 15:23:14 -0700
    Dear Senators, please update the funding for disabled children and help all enjoy the good life.
  • Jessica Bracken
    signed via 2021-05-24 15:22:27 -0700
  • Carla Morton
    signed 2021-05-24 15:22:21 -0700
  • Laura Ishmael
    signed 2021-05-24 15:21:08 -0700
  • Katy Shelton
    signed via 2021-05-24 15:20:02 -0700
  • Allison Gerkensmeyer
    signed 2021-05-24 15:19:09 -0700
  • Tawnya Mann
    signed 2021-05-24 15:19:02 -0700
  • Amanda hansen
    signed via 2021-05-24 15:17:25 -0700
    I will definitely sign
  • Katie Hutton
    signed 2021-05-24 15:15:56 -0700
  • Amanda Clark
    signed 2021-05-24 15:15:08 -0700
  • Sue Rood
    signed 2021-05-24 15:13:14 -0700
  • Laura Plank
    signed 2021-05-24 15:11:51 -0700
  • Emily Tobias
    signed 2021-05-24 15:10:53 -0700
  • Kalyn Kimminau
    signed 2021-05-24 15:10:45 -0700
    I am signing this for my daughter!!
  • Crystal Hossley
    signed 2021-05-24 15:09:07 -0700
  • Miriam Grant
    signed 2021-05-24 15:08:32 -0700
  • Bobbi Iles
    signed 2021-05-24 15:08:07 -0700
  • Keriann Collmann
    signed 2021-05-24 15:07:38 -0700
  • Leona Irvin
    signed via 2021-05-24 15:07:17 -0700
  • Stephanie Hogancamp
    signed 2021-05-24 15:06:43 -0700
  • Dawn Wildermuth
    signed 2021-05-24 15:05:36 -0700
  • Linda Kistler
    signed 2021-05-24 15:04:57 -0700
  • Janet Tibbs
    signed 2021-05-24 15:03:56 -0700
  • Nicole Vossen
    signed 2021-05-24 15:01:58 -0700
  • Angie Willey
    signed 2021-05-24 14:59:11 -0700
    As a family on the waiver, this would have made a huge difference for our family and my son who has Down syndrome and Autism.
  • Jen Raker
    signed via 2021-05-24 14:57:47 -0700
  • Cora J Thelen
    signed 2021-05-24 14:57:43 -0700
  • Apel Alissa
    signed via 2021-05-24 14:57:18 -0700
  • Diane Goodman
    signed 2021-05-24 14:56:27 -0700