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    Waiver Overview:
    Missouri has a pretty robust waiver program with a handful of specialized waivers that serve children with autism really well. The applications process and eligibility requirements are the same for every waiver, so we are going to focus on the different services each one provides. You can see more about all of these waivers on Missouri’s website here.

    Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities

    Who it’s best for: children ages 0-17 at risk of being placed in an institution and need housing support

    What you get: behavior therapy, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, in and out-of-home respite, support broker services, community specialist, developmental habilitation, personal assistant, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation

    Comprehensive Waiver

    Who it’s best for: People of all ages with intensive needs who don’t have a place to stay

    What you get: assistive technology, communication skills instruction, community transition, counseling and crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, independent living skills development, ob discovery, occupational therapy, professional assessment and monitoring, personal assistant, specialized medical equipment and supplies, shared living, behavior analysis services, co-worker supports, community specialist services, community employment, group home services, individual supported living, job preparation, physical and speech therapy, person centered strategies consultation, in and out-of-home respite, support broker services, transportation

    Community Supports Waiver

    Who it’s best for: People of all ages who have a place to live, intensive needs, receive lots of unpaid support from family members

    What you get: You receive the same services as MO Children with DD with exception of community transition, group home, and individualized supported living and shared living

    Partnership for Hope Waiver

    Who it’s best for: People of all ages who require minimal services but need them quickly

    What you get: assistive technology, community employment, day service, employer provided job supports, job discovery, occupational, personal assistant, professional assessment and monitoring, support broker services, transportation, behavior analysis services, community specialist services, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, job preparation, physical and speech therapy, positive behavior support, specialized medical equipment and supplies, temporary residential services.

    Who Can Apply?

    Circumstance/Diagnosis: Any child or adult who is diagnosed with either an intellectual and/or developmental disability (this includes autism). The state requires that individuals need an intermediate care facility level of care to qualify. This just means that the individual is unable to get through their day without a lot of supervision. You can view more specific eligibility requirements HERE

    Income: Income eligibility is only based on the child’s income and not the parents income. This means that your child is financially eligible for the waiver if they don’t have an income.

    How do I apply?

    To apply for any of these waivers and to get more advice on which one is best, please contact your Regional Office.

    What does the Goally Team Think?

    Missouri has a smart, efficient, and well made waiver program. They have tons of options that are tailored to the different needs and situations for individuals and families living with autism. The only reason we’re giving Missouri an average access and requirements of qualification score is because they just created a new waitlist for services. You can expect to wait a couple months but this is far better than other states where you have to wait 6-10 years.

    Goally Waiver Scorecard

    Website clarity and ease of navigation: 4/5
    Access and requirements of qualification: 3/5
    Healthcare coverage: 5/5

    Other online resources for Missouri:

    Missouri has an Office of Autism Services. They have tons of great autism resources and information for families that receive services from the division of developmental disabilities.
    Missouri has Autism Projects that help provide additional services and programs for people in the community.
    Missouri Family to Family can help you with parent training and support services.
    MPACT is Missouri’s online training center for parents

    Telephone Resources

    Regional Offices should be able to assist you with every step of the application process.
    Contact numbers for the Missouri Department of Social Services
    Last edited by Nate; 07-13-2020, 08:51 AM.
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