Initiatives

Tiered Support

County Connections has developed a systematic approach to improve

processes that are goal oriented and will provide an enhanced focus on

services and supports.


Youth Exploration for Success

The Work Experience Program for high school youth is a partnership with County Connections, MCCDDC, Department of Mental Health and LOQW to provide experiences during the school day for youth to develop work-related skills.


Job Clubs. A partnership with LOQW, County Connections and the local schools provides employment tools and knowledge to students in the classroom throughout the school year. 


The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is an event put on by a partnership with LOQW, County Connections, and MCCDDC to provide a one-day learning experience for youth ages 15-19 targeting issues facing teens.



Charting the Life Course

The Charting the LifeCourse Framework was created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but may also find it helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future.



People First

People First of Missouri is a self-advocacy organization that was formed by, is run by, and exists for people with developmental disabilities in the state of Missouri. The Macon county People First  membership meets at the Christian Church and welcomes all interested individuals. It is funded in part by requests to the MCCDDC board.  For People First groups in your area contact us.



Partnership for Hope

The Partnership for Hope waiver is a county based waiver that is a partnership between Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS), Missouri Healthnet, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health's Division of Developmental Disabilities. This waiver can serve adults and children with a low cost cap of up to $12,000 annually to provide necessary services that may meet the needs of an individual and prevent higher cost, more comprehensive services by early intervention.