County Connections has developed a systematic approach to improve
processes that are goal oriented and will provide an enhanced focus on
services and supports.
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.
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 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.
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.
Empowering through Employment has been deemed a priority by the Division of Developmental Disabilities to less the gap between those who express a desire to work in the community and those who have coordinated supports to assist with this outcome. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of individuals receiving Medicaid Waiver services to 35%. MCCDDC believes in Employment for All and supporting individuals to be valued integrated members of their communities.
Technology First is an initiative to ensure technology is considered as part of all services and supports. It is designed to help people learn more about how to use technology to improve their quality of life and increase their independence. It is the goal of MCCDDC to enhance the use of technology to meet needs in a less restrictive environment.