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The Arc of Missouri commends the state of Missouri for the implementation of the "Partnership for Hope" which has greatly reduced the number of people in Missouri with developmental disabilities waiting for services. The Governor, Legislature, and Division of Developmental Disabilities are to be congratulated along with the providers and advocacy organizations which developed this innovative funding model which is gaining great interest from other states. The Arc of Missouri is happy to have played a role in this process.


All Missouri citizens, including those with developmental disabilities, deserve the opportunity to be respected and contributing members of society


While we have concerns surrounding Medicaid reform and the funding of services, there are many reasons for hope for citizens with developmental disabilities in Missouri. The Partnership for Hope demonstrates the commitment to providing services. The Division of Developmental Disabilities is pursuing increased employment opportunities and more inclusive residential options. The Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation is building relationships between the Division, funding sources, realtors, developers and residential service providers.
The Arc of Missouri is optimistic about the future for individuals with developmental disabilities. We will continue to work toward improving the quality of life for all. We welcome all who want to join us in this effort.

The Arc of Missouri is dedicated to promoting dignified community life and work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are a statewide organization of concerned families and professionals, offering for your consideration as you deliberate:

  • The Arc believes strongly that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a fundamental human right to inclusion with their families and local communities. We are long past the era of institutional segregation of people with disabilities. We know also that people with disabilities are contributing and valued citizens, when offered support and opportunity. That's why the Arc supports funding decisions that bolster the ability of families and local communities to fully include their loved ones with disabilities (funding Home & Community Based Waiver programs including the Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver) and that help people with disabilities transition from nursing homes and institutions (such as Money Follows the Person). It is difficult for families and communities when the money to leverage services remains flat in the face of increased needs. We depend on Missouri's leadership to look forward at the growing needs and numbers of individuals with disabilities and to balance those needs with the state's capacity to provide ongoing support.
  • The Arc commends Missouri's leadership for its funding collaboration with County Boards in implementing the innovative Partnership for Hope. This program has resulted in a very substantial reduction in numbers of people waiting for Department of Mental Health/Division of Developmental Disability services. Worthy not only for its compassionate intent (responding to needs proactively, preventing crisis) but for its fiscal good sense. The Arc supports continued expansion of this program and concept.
  • The Arc encourages Medicaid reformation, and the utilization of federal funding available to support people with disabilities. Among specific improvements to the existing Medicaid (MO HealthNet) program which have bipartisan support are: increasing asset limits for eligibility - which haven't been raised since 1965; and preventative dental care - which is not only humane, but should cut down on emergency room visits.
  • Across the state, particularly in rural areas, people with disabilities and their families face barriers of limited access to transportation, to employment opportunities, and to accessible, affordable housing. We recognize these barriers cannot be single-handedly addressed by the state, but ask that state leaders be mindful of the pervasive needs, and vigilant for opportunities and collaborations that might help address them.