Missouri gets approval to expand disability program

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 7:03 a.m. CST; updated 9:34 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has received federal approval to double the number of disabled people getting home and community services under a program jointly funded by federal, state and county governments.

Gov. Jay Nixon says an additional 500 people will be able to enroll in the Partnership for Hope program. The program began last October with slots for 470 individuals.

People can receive up to $12,000 in services a year under the program.

County developmental disability boards and the state each are providing $2.1 million for the program; $7.4 million will come from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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