Residential Services Director Appointed to Statewide Board

The Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (MARF) appointed its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at their May 23 meeting. Developmental Connections, the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, is excited to announce that its Director of Residential Services, Melody Case, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Community Living Group.

Developmental Connections provides services and supports to county residents who have developmental disabilities, including the operation of three apartment complexes. Case oversees the operation of the residential facilities, including Combs-Redfern Apartments, Dorgan-Weaver Apartments, and the newly-opened Saints Street Apartments, and manages three supervisors and 24 full and part-time staff.


“Serving on the state association’s board will allow me to be better informed, make state-wide connections and bring back to my staff the most up-to-date information on regulations, policies and best practices to better serve the people of Taney County who have developmental disabilities,” said Case.


MARF is made up of two working divisions including Community Living and Employment. The Community Living Division is dedicated to keeping people with disabilities out of the institutional setting and in the community through access to group homes, semi-independent apartment programs, individualized supported living and community integration.


The Employment Division consists of Community Rehabilitation Providers throughout the state of Missouri that offer a variety of vocational services to persons with disabilities to improve their independence. MARF providers, like Developmental Connections, serve people with disabilities through many aspects including: Residential Services, In-home Supports, Day Programs, Individual Supported Living (ISL), Community Access Training, Skills Training, Job Development, Supported Employment, and Sheltered Employment.


About Developmental Connections:

The SB40 Board (Developmental Connections) is a political sub-division of the county, empowered to collect a county-wide property tax for the establishment and/or operation of a sheltered workshop, residential facilities and/or related services for the care or employment of Taney County residents with developmental disabilities. The Board’s goal is to assist and support local nonprofit agencies in the development of resources to enhance the lives and opportunities available to persons with developmental disabilities in Taney County. Our vision is that Taney County residents and families of individuals with developmental disabilities will look upon Developmental Connections as a central resource of information, referral and support for services and the development of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Photo: Melody Case, Director of Residential Services

For Immediate Release


LaDella Thomas

Director of Marketing and Resource Development