November 9, 2016
For Immediate Release
Stone County Votes to Establish Services for Residents with Developmental Disabilities
Stone County, MO – On November 8, Stone County residents voted to enable the establishment of supports and services for people with conditions like Autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities This Board, a political sub-division of Stone County, will provide services like case management, housing, transportation, employment programs, therapeutic services, respite care and other vital services for individuals and families. These services have been available in surrounding areas, but Stone County residents had little or no access to state and federal funds that are available to a Developmental Disabilities Board.
Passage of this property tax assessment will impact an estimated 250 residents and their families. The criteria for service is specific to developmental disabilities—those that begin before age 22, will last throughout a lifetime and can cause problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning self-help, and independent living. With supports in place, people with developmental disabilities can live happy, productive and engaged lives.
“Thank you is not strong enough,” said Peggy Ackfeld, Chair of the Committee for Stone County Developmental Disability Board. “I wish every one of you who prayed, donated time, talents and money to our campaign could have seen the young adult faces as they watched Stone County stand up and say, ‘You Matter to us!’ You have already made a huge difference in many lives.”
The next step in this process is for the Stone County Commission to put out a public notice for applications for Board service. The Board will consist of nine members serving one to three-year terms. If you or a family member is in need of services, contact Cathy Brown, the Director of Case Management for the Stone, Taney and Ozark to get started.