Region V Services is a political subdivision serving people with developmental disabilities and similar needs in southeast Nebraska. It is governed by a board of sixteen county commissioners and supervisors from each of the counties represented. There are approximately 900 staff providing services to about 900 people throughout the sixteen counties and in a few other areas. There are thirteen area programs in Auburn, Crete, David City, Fairbury, Lincoln ( 6 programs ), Nebraska City, Wahoo, and York. There are "satellite" programs in Beatrice, Columbus, Hebron, and Seward as well as numerous services provided in smaller communities throughout the area.SERVICES PHILOSOPHYThese services include a full range of individual supports from job coaching and in home supports that are staffed at all times. The focus of the agency is on personal outcomes, trying to determine what each individual truly desires in their lives and helping them accomplish their goals. Once we know where people want to go with their lives, we use principles of social role valorization to enhance both image and competency as we provide supports. We want to help people become less dependent upon agency supports and experience valued roles in the community.The management philosophy is to keep area programs small so that the Area Director can know everyone in the program, including people in services and their families as well as all the staff. Another long standing management philosophy is in providing direct support staff the highest salary, benefits, and training that is possible within the parameters of the funding system in Nebraska.For more information on the philosophy of Region V Services please check out the position papers that outline the direction of Region V Services over the next few years.