MNIS helps individuals with developmental disabilities become more involved in their communities.
Before 1970, people with developmental disabilities were typically institutionalized. Community-based services in central Nebraska were limited to those provided by family members, a few volunteers, or local chapters of The Arc.
In answer to the need for more community-based services, Mid Nebraska Individual Services (MNIS) was incorporated in 1970 by a group of concerned citizens in partnership with the 22 county boards in our service area. Funding for our services comes from county boards, the Nebraska legislature and the federal government. We also seek funding from grants.
As a not-for-profit agency, any profits we make are reinvested into our programs. Our board of directors is comprised of elected county officials throughout our service area. These directors receive no monetary compensation and also serve on the MNIS Foundation board.
From the beginning, MNIS has helped people with disabilities to exercise their rights and become more productive in their communities. We do this through our many services that include:
- Teaching job- and life skills
- Day Services
- Medical services
- Retirement services
- Transportation services
Our emphasis is on supporting a healthier lifestyle while focusing on individual preferences and capabilities. As needs change, so do the services we offer. For example, instead of the large group homes of the past, we now offer more personalized environments for 1-3 people, and employment opportunities are more varied to meet the interests and abilities of the individuals we serve.