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Public Hearing Department of Health & Human Services : LEGAL SERVICES

Date of Activity
Monday, 10/19/2020
Time of Activity
10:00 AM
State Office Building, Lower Level Conf. Room A 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE
  Location accessible to handicapped
Phone call information: 888-820-1398; Participant code: 3213662# The purpose of this hearing is to receive comments on the adoption of amendments to and repeal of the following regulations: The following regulation is proposed for AMENDMENT: Title 479 NAC 1 Maintenance Payments and Guardianship Accounts The proposed changes will streamline the regulations by removing any repeated statutory language from the regulations; removing any direction to agency staff from the regulations; and consolidating three chapters of regulations into one. Other proposed changes include: updating definitions; incorporating and updating amendments to the provision related to supervised independent living and simplifying the requirements for the collection of overpayments. In addition, the proposed changes also revise the methodology used to calculate mileage reimbursement for foster parents; clarify Department management of Guardianship accounts for state wards; modify the stipend provided to children in independent living; and establish payment rates for costs associated with caring for a baby or minor child residing with a parent in foster care and payment rates for a baby or minor child living with a parent participating in Bridge to Independence. The following regulation is proposed for REPEAL in its entirety. Title 479 NAC 2 Requirements for a Maintenance Payment for a Department Ward The following regulation is proposed for REPEAL in its entirety. The relevant portions of this chapter are included in the proposed amendment to 479 NAC 1. Title 479 NAC 3 Requirements for a Maintenance Payment for Court and Tribal Wards Authority for these regulations is found in Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-3117(7). Due to the current public health crisis, the agency will enforce any Directed Health Measure Order on the size of gatherings that is in effect at the time of the hearing. In order to encourage participation in this public hearing, a phone conference line will be set up for any member of the public to call in and provide oral comments. Interested persons may provide verbal comments by participating via phone conference line by calling 888-820-1398; Participant code: 3213662#. Interested persons may provide written comments by mail, fax, or email, no later than the day of the hearing to: DHHS Legal Services, PO Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, (402) 742-2382 or, respectively. A copy of the proposed changes is available online at, or by contacting DHHS at the mailing address or email above, or by phone at (402) 471-8417. The fiscal impact statement for these proposed changes may be obtained at the office of the Secretary of State, Regulations Division, 1201 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508, or by calling (402) 471-2385. Auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations needed to participate in a hearing can be requested by calling (402) 471-8223. Individuals with hearing impairments may call DHHS at (402) 471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or (800) 833-7352 TDD at least 2 weeks prior to the hearing.
Marge Respeliers Paralegal I
DHHS Legal Services
Health & Human Services System
(402) 471-8417
(402) 742-2382
(402) 471-9570

Last Updated: Friday, 09/04/2020