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About RVS

About Us

Our Mission

The Mission of Region V Services is to provide desired education and support to individuals with disabilities, promote safety and respect, and advocate for dignity and inclusion within the community.

Our Purpose

The primary purpose of Region V Services is to help individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their life goals.

Our Logo

The Region V Services logo is the biological symbol for "A new beginning".  Whether it is the life of a person experiencing developmental disabilities, the personal growth of a person working at Region V Services, or the organization's commitment to continuous improvement, the logo represents the value of new beginnings in life.


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 16 county commissioners and supervisors from each of the counties represented. There is approximately 950 staff providing services to about 900 people throughout the sixteen counties and in a few other areas. There are 15 area programs in Auburn, Beatrice, Crete, David City, Fairbury, Gretna, Lincoln (six programs), Nebraska City, Wahoo, and York. There are "satellite" programs in Bellevue, Columbus, Falls City, Hebron, and Seward as well as numerous services provided in smaller communities throughout the area.

Management Philosophy

Our management philosophy is to keep area programs small so the Area Director can know everyone in the program, including people in services and their families as well as all 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 outlining the direction of Region V Services over the next few years.

Services Philosophy

Services provided include a full range of individual supports from job coaching to in-home supports 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.

What Services Do We Offer?

Vocational Services:

​Region V Services assess the strengths, weaknesses, and work experiences of our job seekers to support them in finding a good job match. We use the personal outcomes assessment to explore a person’s interests and find career fields people desire.

  • Job Coaching: Region V Services offers job coaching and support to the job seeker. These supports can be provided on the job and are tailored to each person’s needs.

  • Community Inclusion: These services are generally facility-free services and are provided to persons not currently seeking to join the general workforce. Activities and environments are designed to assist in improving skills and greater independence.

  • Day Program: Region V Services has several options for day programs. Some of the activities that one can participate in are job search, volunteering, sensory processing, education, and socialization.

Residential Services:

Region V Services provides residential supports responsive to people’s needs while creating individualized services. In order for Region V Services to do this, we have multiple service options focusing on differing residential needs.

  • Homeowners: RVS supports more than 20 people living independently in their own homes.

  • Private Apartments: People who live on their own may have RVS staff come to their home to support them with daily living skills and community interaction.

  • Parents’ Homes: RVS staff may support an individual in their families’ home by providing services such as support in developing social interactions, independent living skills, and community involvement.

  • Shared Living Providers: A person can choose a family or individual with whom they are compatible and live in their home receiving supports as needed.

  • Small-Group Residence: RVS provides support to people living in homes with other people of similar interests and needs.