Missouri boosting payments to sheltered workshops

Monday, July 6, 2009 | 9:41 a.m. CDT; updated 12:40 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 6, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's sheltered workshops are getting a pay raise from the state.

Under a 2007 law, the state's reimbursement rate to sheltered workshops rose by $5 this past week to $90 per worker each week. The rate is scheduled to go up again next summer as the final part of a four-year increase.

About 5,600 mentally disabled Missourians are employed in dozens of sheltered workshops around the state. They're paid below minimum wage to perform basic tasks such as shredding documents or packaging products for other companies.

The state's higher reimbursement rate is paid to the workshop owners. It does not necessarily mean workers will receive a similarly sized pay raise.


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Charles Dudley Jr July 6, 2009 | 12:58 p.m.

At least this keeps the shops going and those at risk citizens with something to do and in turn minimizes the over burdened health care system a little bit.

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