Missouri seeks to expand home services for disabled

Thursday, December 9, 2010 | 6:12 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is seeking to double the number of disabled people receiving home and community services through a new partnership involving state, local and federal governments.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday the Department of Mental Health will seek to provide services to an additional 500 people in 31 counties. The expansion would be achieved by combining $1 million each from state and local governments with about $4 million of federal Medicaid funding.

The Partnership for Hope program that began in October initially was to provide support services to 470 people with developmental disabilities in 37 counties, allowing them to continue living at home instead of in institutions. People can get up to $12,000 of services annually.

Nixon said Missouri has a waiting list of about 5,000 people for its home- and community-based services.

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