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About RVS

About Us

Our Mission

The Mission of Region V Services is to provide desired education and supports that promote relationships within community and lessen reliance upon agency services.

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 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 in Region V 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 sixteen county commissioners and supervisors from each of the counties represented. There are approximately 950 staff providing services to about 900 people throughout the sixteen counties and in a few other areas. There are fourteen area programs in Auburn, Crete, David City, Fairbury, Gretna, Lincoln (6 programs), Nebraska City, Wahoo and York. There are "satellite" programs in Beatrice, Columbus, Bellevue, 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 that 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 that outline 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 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.

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 that 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 - SOAR, LEAP, Sun Valley and Plaza Connection. Some of the activities that one can participate in at these day programs are: Job Search, Volunteering, Sensory Processing, Education and Socialization.

Residential Services:

Region V Services provides residential supports that are responsive to people’s needs while creating individualized services. In order for Region V Services to do this we have multiple service options that focus 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 providing services such as support in developing social interactions, independent living skills and community involvement.

  • Extended Family Homes (EFH): A person is able to 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.