Home About the Arc News/Events Resources Donate Join Us Contact Us



President's Corner - The Arc of Missouri
.

Learn More...
Share...
Advocacy Training...
Acronyms 101...
Visit Your Legislator...
President's Corner...
Position Papers...

 
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

As many of you are aware, the state of Missouri is working on a redesign regarding the delivery of certain services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The new system would be a "county-based" system transferring some, not all, services to local SB40 Boards. The State would still be responsible for quality control and the fairness of services.

The Arc of Missouri is currently reviewing the proposed changes. We are certainly aware of the successes with the Partnership for Hope and local case coordination. We want assurances that this success can be maintained in an expanded role. As always, our main concern is the impact the new system would have on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

We want assurances that all county boards will subscribe to the concept of self-determination. The system should adapt to meet the needs of the individual, not force the individual to meet the needs of the system.

We want assurances that services will be consistent across the state and not biased by geographic location. Services should be equitable in rural, urban, and suburban areas, and should meet the needs of the individual. Families should not have to move in order to receive needed services.

We would ask that the state move forward cautiously in making changes. We understand economic challenges, but believe that expenditures which do not meet the needs of the individual are a waste of valuable resources.

Change which does not improve the quality of life is no change at all.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to: arcmoinfo@arcofmissouri.org or the attached fact sheet.