Priority 1 - Protecting and Advocating For Human and Legal Rights
Image of the Future: We protect and advocate for the human and legal rights that ensure the safety, personal integrity and self-determination of all people with mental or physical disabilities in the state of Nebraska and especially those who are isolated, vulnerable and at risk. We are committed to seeking justice for people with disabilities, including freedom from harm, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
Goal: Investigate and respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, rights violations, health and safety violations, and access to community services and supports.
Objective 1.1: Investigate and respond to (25) new allegations of abuse and neglect. (These investigations are in addition to the approximately 23 cases still in progress at the end of the last fiscal year.)
Objective 1.2: Investigate and respond to (15) new allegations of rights violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (These investigations will be in addition to the approximately 13 cases in progress at the end of the last fiscal year.)
Objective 1.3: Represent 5 people with disabilities in acquiring assistive technology devices and services. (These investigations will be in addition to the approximately 3 cases already in progress at the end of the last fiscal year.)
Objective 1.4: Assist 10 beneficiaries of Social Security who are facing a barrier to returning to work. (These investigations will be in addition to the approximately 4 cases already in progress at the end of the last fiscal year.)
Objective 1.5: Visit four (4) new community residential facilities for violations of health, safety and living conditions once every six (6) months.
Objective 1.6: Research best and emerging practices and develop a monitoring protocol to address environmental conditions and the provision of mental health treatment in prisons and juvenile detention facilities in the State of Nebraska.