Nebraska DHHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Announces Multi-City Listening Tour

Lincoln – Kristen Smith, the Deputy Director of Eligibility, Policy, and Quality, and Colin Large, Policy Administrator with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have announced a multi-city Listening Tour focused on the proposed Family Support Waiver. They plan to visit four locations and will include a virtual option.

“The intent of this waiver is to provide support for children and families experiencing a developmental disability in Nebraska,” said Kristen Smith, Deputy Director of DDD with DHHS. “This new waiver will serve up to 850 children. This listening tour is an opportunity to gain important stakeholder input and find opportunities for enhancements to our services and supports.”

Anyone who wants to learn more about the pending Family Support Waiver is encouraged to attend.

The meetings will take place:

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2023, Norfolk: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. DHHS Building – Norfolk, Conference Room 110, 209 North 5th St, Norfolk, NE 68701
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, Grand Island: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. College Park, Room 103, 3180 US-34, Grand Island, NE 68801
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Omaha: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. Munroe-Meyer Institute, Warren Sanger Conference Room, 6902 Pine St, Omaha, NE 68106 VIRTUAL OPTION: Hosted via ZOOM, please register at:
  • Monday, May 15, 2023, Lincoln: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. Lincoln Community Foundation, Large Conference Room on 5th Floor, 215 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68508

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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