General Disability Resources

Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

A wide-ranging collection of resources for the field.  Our knowledge translation activities include peer-reviewed publications in national journals, nearly one hundred toolkits, monographs, and guidebooks designed to provide policy and practical guidance to consumers and providers working to expand community participation, and a catalog of exemplary programs.

UMKC Institute for Human Development

The UMKC-IHD is celebrating over 35 years of creating partnerships for effective social change. IHD’s work focuses on increasing the self-determination and social capital of all of our citizens. As Missouri’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), IHD provides research, education, and support around issues that affect people with disabilities across the lifespan and across the health, education, employment, and social service systems – creating a better community for everyone.

MO Developmental Disabilities Council

Federally funded, 23-member council, appointed by the Governor. Its mandate is to plan, advocate for, and provide guidance concerning programs, supports, and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council strives to assist the community to include all people with developmental disabilities in every aspect of community life.

MO Head Start Collaboration Office

Operates through a contract with DESE, and supports the development of multi-agency and public-private partnerships at the state/local levels. These partnerships strengthen collaboration between Early Head Start, Head Start, and other programs designed to benefit low income children from birth to school entry. The Office promotes the “Special Quest” training program designed to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities in Head Start programs.

MO Protection and Advocacy Services (MOP&A)

Federally funded and mandated program which protects the rights of persons with
disabilities through legal-based advocacy and legal services. MO P&A provides assistance to children and adults with all types of disabilities, as well as their families, to access education, community living, health care, employment, housing, transportation, and voting and other civil rights.

MO Department of Health and Senior Services, Special Health Services

Provides statewide healthcare support services, including service coordination, for
children and adults with special health care needs who meet eligibility requirements.
Programs include: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Healthy Children and Youth, Medically Fragile Adult Waiver and Adult Brain Injury.

MO Department Of Mental Health (DMH)

MO Department of Mental Health has two divisions:
• Developmental Disabilities (DD) serves individuals with developmental disabilities
such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities. Such conditions must have occurred before age 22. Services are coordinated through 11 regional offices.
• Behavioral Health (DBH) delivers services to children and adults with mental illness
and to persons with substance abuse disorders and addictions. The Division divides Missouri into 25 service areas and each area has a Community Mental Health Center that provides services and acts as the division’s administrative agent. The Division provides funds for prevention, outpatient, residential, and detoxification services in community-based programs, provides technical assistance to these agencies, and provides professional training and certification.

First Steps

Funded through the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and offers coordinated services and assistance to young children (0-3) with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. There are ten regional System Point of Entry offices around the state that help enroll families in First Steps.