e Chung Becker, Acting Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights. "We are very pleased that we were able
to work cooperatively with the State to arrive at a resolution that will
ensure that the rights of persons with developmental disabilities are
protected. We applaud the State of Nebraska for its innovative efforts to
more effectively serve BSDC residents and ensure their health, safety, and
"The ability to expeditiously fashion this comprehensive agreement,
reflects the importance both State and Federal authorities place on the
dignity of care provided to all in need," said Joe W. Stecher, U.S.
Attorney for the District of Nebraska.
The remedial agreement represents a negotiated resolution of the
Justice Department's investigation that would not have been possible
without the cooperation and commitment of the Governor of Nebraska, Dave
Heineman, the head of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services,
Christine Peterson, and the director of the State Division of Developmental
Disabilities, John Wyvill.
CRIPA authorizes the Attorney General to investigate conditions in
certain institutions owned or operated by, or on behalf of, state or local
governments. These institutions include nursing homes, residential
facilities serving people with mental retardation or other developmental
disabilities, mental health facilities, jails, prisons, and juvenile
correction facilities. CRIPA's focus is on systemic deficiencies rather
than individual, isolated problems.
More information about the Civil Rights Division of the Justice
Department, and the laws it enforces, is available at
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