On January 27, 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB) to discuss the fiscal year 2017 budget that will increase funding to providers, such as Community Living, Inc., that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.
The budget, which was presented last week in the Governor’s State of the State address, invests a total of $131 million in additional state and federal funding for the Department of Mental Health-Division of Developmental Disabilities.
At the DDRB, Gov. Nixon talked to a room full of advocates, families and caregivers. “We all have equal rights,” Gov. Nixon said. “We may not all be born the same way, but we all have the same rights — to live as independently as we can and to live the life we want to lead.”
In 2010, Gov. Nixon created the Partnership for Hope, providing home- and community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families living in Missouri. To date, it is helping more than 4,100 people.
Missouri is ranked third in the nation (and second most-improved since 2007) for providing quality services that improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. “Gov. Nixon has been a steadfast advocate of Missourians with disabilities and we appreciate his leadership on these issues,” Peg Capo, Executive Director of the DDRB, said. “With these investments, the Governor continues to ensure that Missourians with disabilities and their families have the resources they need to live with dignity and independence.”