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Board of Directors
Barbara H. French
PAIMI Advisory Council Chair
Lawrence O. Daniels
Sharon Williams, Esq.
PAIMI Advisory Council
Lawrence O. Daniels
MISSOURI PROTECTION & ADVOCACY SERVICES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Policy Statement on the Future of Missouri's Habilitation Centers
and Community-Based Support for
Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Approved by the Board of Directors on March 11, 2005
The Board of Directors for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services is
committed to supporting policies and programs in the State of Missouri
that will help individuals with disabilities lead lives of dignity,
opportunity, safety, and inclusion in their families, neighborhoods, and
communities. We believe that both the weight of available research and
the practical experience of other states demonstrate that such policies
and programs can only be achieved by supporting individuals in
Our policy statement has two equally important parts. First, it is our position that the State of Missouri should eliminate its reliance on large, segregated, institutional settings (the habilitation centers) as part of its system of residential support for individuals with developmental disabilities. We believe that there are no persuasive arguments for continued use of such facilities. The movement of current residents from the habilitation centers to small community-based programs should be done with care, planning, and the involvement of the individuals themselves, as well as their families and advocates. New admissions should be eliminated or reduced to temporary emergency placements.
The second part of our position is that the State of Missouri should improve both the capacity and the quality of the community-based residential support programs through increased support to agencies providing such programs and through improved opportunities for flexible self-direction by individuals and/or family members. The system developed must also provide oversight and ongoing quality assurance in community-based programs. Appropriately designed and funded, such programs can provide even the most intensive levels of support and care for individuals, while also fulfilling the commitment of dignity, opportunity, safety, and inclusion.