Let’s figure out if you qualify…select one of the following:
I have a service coordinator through LinkAbility.
Yes! You ARE qualified to receive the services we fund–including Music and Art Therapy, Transportation through OATS, Camp Barnabas scholarships, Project Lifesaver tracking equipment, sports programs through Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, Club Day Break and MAD Saturdays through CHANCES of Stone County, respite care funding and individual funding for adaptive equipment, home modifications, or other items that are not funded elsewhere and meet our criteria.
I DO NOT have a service coordinator through LinkAbility.
You may be qualified, but we need to ask a few more questions.
- Are you…a resident of Stone County?
- Do you…have a diagnosed developmental disability? (DEFINITION: a disability which is attributable to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head injury, autism, a brain dysfunction, or any other mental or physical impairment which occurs before age 22. It must be determined this disability is likely to continue indefinitely and it results in a substantial functional limitation in two or more of the following six areas of major life activities: self care; receptive and expressive language development and use; learning; self-direction; capacity for independent living; or economic self sufficiency and mobility.)
If you answered yes to BOTH of these questions, chances are, you could be receiving services!
Your next step is to contact the Springfield Regional Office of the Dept. of Mental Health to confirm your eligibility and sign up.
SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL OFFICE
515 E. Pythian
PO Box 5030
Springfield, MO 65801
Once you are deemed eligible, a local service coordinator will be assigned to you through LinkAbility. You can contact LinkAbility at 417-334-8985 for additional information.
PLEASE NOTE: Services are provided to persons of any age. The only age requirement in determining eligibility is that the disability must have occurred prior to age 22 and is likely to last indefinitely.