DD Board approves nearly $28,000 in grant requests

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled approved nearly $28,000 in grant requests at is quarterly meeting on April 11.

Community Support Services of Cassville presented the board with an $18,600 proposal that will provide services for six new Barry County community members and continue services for three others.

"Last fall, Missouri began offering a new waiver from the federal government called the Partnership For Hope Waiver," said Rebecca Rivette, Joplin Regional Office provider relations spokesperson. "This waiver has been extremely successful allowing more counties to join."

This year, Barry County has the opportunity to join the waiver, which will allow the county to provide services for qualifying residents by matching funds provided by the Joplin Regional Office and taking advantage of available federal funding.

"The regional office would fund 20 percent of the request, and the county would fund 20 percent," said Rivette. "Then, the federal government would provide the other 60 percent.

"This waiver is available for most services provided in the home, allowing family members to meet the needs of children before those needs become an emergency or crisis situation," said Rivette.

Last fall, the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled approved a $31,000 grant request that provided 100 percent funding for three individuals.

"The waiver also allows you to refinance some of the services you have approved funding for," said Rivette. "With the waiver, we can provide the same services to those three individuals and the cost to you will only be $7,200 annually."

The proposal presented by Community Support Services also requested $4,800 in funding to provide new services to two residents and a $6,600 request for limited services for four other individuals in Barry County.

"If you approve this request, we will be able to provide services for six new individuals and the three that you previously approved services for with an annual savings of $12,400," said Rivette.

The $18,600 grant request was approved.

The board also approved a $9,240 grant request from Magic Moments Riding Therapy, which is headquartered in Diamond. The grant funds will help the organization establish a riding therapy location south of Mt. Vernon.

According to the Magic Moments' grant proposal, the funds will allow six Barry County residents to utilize services at the new location.

In other business, the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled:

* Heard that ARC of the Ozarks will host a golf tournament fundraiser at the Monett Golf Course on May 6.

* Set its next quarterly meeting to be held at the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8. The meeting will include the board's annual tax levy hearing.

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