Community Based Group Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

What is a Community Group Home?

A Community Group Home setting is a home setting embedded within the community where 1 to 3 individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability and other behavioral health impairments reside.  Skilled OMNI staff members provide habilitation and behavioral supports to individuals on an ongoing basis.  The goal of this setting is to help provide an enriched life to individuals in a community setting that historically may otherwise have been served in institutions. 

How does it work?

Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental health diagnosis, and other behavioral health impairments are referred to OMNI Behavioral health Community Group Homes typically when the individual has high behavioral health needs that cannot be managed in a home setting.  OMNI Behavioral Health provides staff members to deliver ongoing support and habilitation. 

Community Group Home Responsibilities:

Residential Support Specialists are OMNI employees that function as caregivers for individuals (adult or child) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Residential Support Specialists are responsible for supervising, supporting, and guiding habilitation for the individual who is placed in the Community Group Home. Residential Support Specialists run individualized programming on a daily basis, including Behavior Support Plans and Habilitation Plans, as developed by OMNI Behavioral Health clinical team members. OMNI staff members work collaboratively with the individual’s IPP team, which includes the DD Service Coordinator and guardian.  OMNI provides reliable and on-time transportation of the individual to all appointments/meetings/work, etc. Residential Support Specialists complete online documentation on a daily basis.

Who is served?
The following are some common needs of individuals requesting Community Group Home placement:

  • Personal care such as assistance with hygiene, medication administration, toileting, dressing, eating, and drinking
  • House management such as meal preparation, cleaning, organizational skills
  • Communication and social skills such as identifying choices, expressing wants and needs, thoughts, expressive and receptive language skills, interacting in social settings
  • Sensory motor skills such as manipulation, ambulation, visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation
  • Academic skills such as budgeting, time management, calendar skills, number concepts
  • Community skills such as transportation within the community, shopping for personal care items, food, clothing, navigating the individual’s community settings
  • Leisure/recreational skills such as formal and informal supports, clubs such as Special Olympics, church activities
  • Behavioral management skills such as utilizing coping strategies, maintaining baseline behavior, teaching, modeling, prompting, and reinforcement of positive behaviors, supervision
  • Management of symptoms of mental illness

Interested in referring an individual to OMNI Behavioral Health for Community Group Home services?

Please contact the individual’s Service Coordinator through the Department of Health and Human Services Developmental Disabilities division to make a referral.


Residential Support Specialist

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Valid Nebraska Driver’s license
  • Ability to travel by means of dependable transportation; and to maintain adequate car insurance
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with the individual served, as well as team members, including OMNI Behavioral Health staff, DD service coordinators, guardians, nurses, etc.
  • Ability to accept feedback from team members and implement changes in programming and/or the home when recommended
  • Ability to record accurate information in a web-based mechanism as part of daily documentation and data collection.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities and/or severe and persistent mental health diagnosis preferred

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide enriched daily activities and structure to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Run programming daily with the individual as written by OMNI Behavioral Health staff
  • Complete online documentation for programs and medications on a daily basis
  • Recognize emergency situations and be able to apply Mandt and the individual’s safety plan
  • Learn and use teaching strategies as appropriate, including modeling, role playing, positive praise, etc.
  • Attend and participate in team meetings for the individual as is required
  • Assist the individual with financial and medical services as needed
  • Attend all mandatory trainings with OMNI Behavioral Health

Interested in applying to become an OMNI staff member?

You can apply to become a Residential Support Specialists by completing an online application located on OMNI Behavioral Health’s Employment page. You can also contact the Residential Director listed below.

Residential Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Contact

  • Alicia Villescas, Director of Residential Intensive Services and Vocational Services
    5115 F Street
    Omaha, NE 68117
    Phone: (402) 397-9866 ext. 131
    Fax: (402) 397-1404