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Disability benefit programs Missouri.

Find benefits for people with a disability in Missouri. Financial assistance, grant money, medical or home care and more is provided by the government as well as non-profits. Disabled adults, kids, or people on short term disability can all get assistance. Get help for disabled people in MO.

The programs, including from the government, social security administration or non-profits are wide ranging and can help individuals with a number of needs. Staff from the organizations will work to ensure that children, adults, seniors, and others with a disability or that are on SSI or SSDI get the support they need. Help is also offered for their caregivers and family members.

Employment and income opportunities for disabled adults in Missouri

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation focuses on helping people find a job, train for it, and also retain that employment. The agency will offer counseling and guidance, provide help with job-seeking skills, grants to pay for supplies and placement. Throughout this process the client can continue to access vocational training and transition services as well as free grants. Find other details on grants for disabled people.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation and the specialists that are part of the agency specialize in helping people become  employed. A counselor will determine your eligibility for their services. Applicants to the agency will need to have a physical or mental impairment that causes problems with working. The staff member will also help people develop a plan for rehabilitation. Together you will explore services such as Guidance and Counseling, Job-Seeking Skills and Job Placement, and Vocational Training.
  • If and when needed, assistive technology can be provided by the department to ensure the applicant has the equipment and tools they need to be successful. Another resource is the Ticket to Work Program. Other services include peer counseling, information and referral, legal, housing, educational services, and even transportation to the workplace.
  • Another resource is the Ticket to Work Program. This help people with a disability get paid SSI as well as income from work, and learn more on ticket to work jobs/
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation also offers residents disability determination services. Staff will work with the person to determine medical eligibility for disability benefits, such as SSDI. They can answer questions, help with applications and advise on the appeal process if denied. This is done in partnership with the federal government Social Security Administration.




Assistive Technology supports individuals with disabilities. It may help them increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities and one’s own independence. Some of the tools and devices provided may be as simple as a ramp or modified door handle. Or some clients may receive items such as voice-controlled computer systems, wheelchairs, prosthetic and orthotic equipment; hearing aids and maybe even home or vehicle modifications. Call the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation at 1-877-222-8963.

Financial help and government assistance

Department of Social Services in Missouri provides financial help to the disabled. The government DSS provides cash assistance, financial aid, and other government benefits to low-income income qualified disabled families. The funds can be combined with social security or SSI payments too. Some of this is offered as well by the Family Support Division or community action agencies.

  • Examples of social service programs include LIHEAP - heating bill assistance, including disconnection prevention.
  • The disabled may also qualify for food stamps from SNAP, which will help disabled people in MO pay for the food they need.
  • Free health and dental care from Medicaid (Healthnet). There is also free transportation for people with a handicap.

Many other services may be provided too. DSS helps disabled adults on social security (SSI), provide government hardship grants and other benefits. Call 1-800-392-1261.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services works with, and oversees individuals, non-profits and companies that provide home-based services to both people with disabilities and older adults. There are many benefits that can be offered by this organization. As a result of these services, clients may be able to choose to live independently in their homes with the help of support services.





Job placement and training services are available to low-income, disabled Missourians age 55 or older. U.S. Department of Agriculture commodity foods may be offered to help feed the disabled. The Health Services also make available the housing guide, which describes affordable housing programs, rental assistance and services to help people stay in their homes. Other resources offered include Nursing Homes and Other Care, Adult Day Care, Wellness & Prevention, and similar support. Main number - (573) 751-6400.

  • Free Christmas help is for the disabled in Missouri too. This is an income based service, however free gifts, Christmas toys for kids of a disabled household, meals, and food is available. Health Services and charities arrange this, including toys. Read more how to get a free Christmas toy.

Missouri benefits and social services for disabled

The Division of Developmental Disabilities, or DD, supports residents with intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, and certain other, short term learning disabilities. Staff work with clients and offer Self-Determination, Employment First, Support for Families, Individual Services and Supports, and Accessible Housing. Call 573-751-4054.

Assistive Technology will help the blind and visually impaired get the tools they need, such as computers, cell phones from Apple or Samsug. Older blind services may include a low interest, loan program of supplies to people with low vision. Other programs include transition services to help high school students prepare for the transition from school to either work or post-secondary education. There are also free iphones from the government as part of social services. Call the Social Services’ Rehabilitation Services at (573) 751-4249. Or learn how to get a free iPhone in MO.

The Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), is responsible for making sure evaluation, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services are available. They work to ensure that public mental health services are offered to disabled kids or adults throughout the State of Missouri. Phone (573) 751-8017, or find free medical care clinics in Missouri.

The state’s Department of Social Services’ Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) supports the blind and helps them attain personal and vocational success. The agency will help them gain self-sufficiency. Assistance will help clients obtain their maximum potential in their own home and community, in employment, or go to school.




Vocational Rehabilitation is offered by RSB. This will help clients find a job, keep it, or return to employment. Some of the services offered include free counseling and guidance, diagnosis and evaluation, physical or mental restoration, or job and educational services. Follow up is offered too. Call (573) 751-4249.

Contact information for disabled in Missouri

There are other options as well, in addition to above. Both government agencies in MI as well as non-profits provide support to people with a handicap, their caregivers and others. Call 855-823-4908 or 855-373-4636, or find an organization below.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program
University of Missouri-School of Health Professions, Hillcrest Hall, Stephens College Campus
Location is 1507 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215. Call (573) 884-1220 for information.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Toll-free 800-451-0669
This support children and teenagers under the age of 21 that meet income limits. It can provide early identification of children with special needs. There may be funding for preventive, diagnostic and treatment services. Extended coverage includes surgery, inpatient care, prescription medicines, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, equipment, and health care supplies.

Department of Mental Health’s Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services (CPS)
1706 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Call (573) 751-8017
Benefits provided include prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation services for both families and individuals that require public mental health. Resources include long-term and acute-care facilities, psychiatric rehabilitation, day treatment, outpatient care, affordable housing, crisis services, and hospitalization.

Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities
1706 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Toll-free (800) 364-9687
Benefits administered include the Autism Program and First Steps, which provides early intervention services to families with young children that are disabled. Other benefits include Home and Community-Based, Community Support, and Medicaid Waivers.

The Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD)
P.O. Box 28929, St. Louis, MO 63132. Call (314) 647-8100

Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.
Main address is 10270 Page Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63132. Toll-free (800) 377-6442

Central Institute for the Deaf
Location - 825 South Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Toll-free number is (877) 444-4574

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
3024 Dupont Circle, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Toll-free (877) 222-8963

Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri
1942 East Meadowmere #104, Springfield, MO 65808. Call (417) 864-5110







Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging
Main address is 1735 South Fort Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807. Toll-free (800) 497-0822

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services, Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – EITAS
8508 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO 64138. Call (816) 363-2000 Ext. 207 for information.

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Location is 1500 Southridge Drive, Suite 201, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Call (573) 526-5205

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Main address - 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Call (573) 751-4212 for details on assistance offered.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is a leading statewide organization. They administer numerous assistance programs and benefits for the disabled and people with a medical condition.

  • Division of Community Health Special Health Care Needs, Adult Head Injury Program, Traumatic Brain Injury Lead Agency, P. O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65102, (573) 751-6246
  • Emergency Medical Services, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102, (573) 751-6356
  • State Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102, call (573) 526-0727 or dial (800) 309-3282

Missouri Department of Higher Education
3515 Amazonas Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. A toll-free number is (800) 473-6757

Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Location is 1706 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Toll-free (800) 364-9687

Missouri Department of Social Services, HealthNet Division
Main address: 221 West High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Primary phone - (800) 735-2966

Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center - Family to Family
2220 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64108. Toll-free (800) 444-0821

Missouri Gateway Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America
9738 Lackland Road, St. Louis, MO 63114. Toll-free (800) 426-4058

Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability Truman State Office Building
Location is 301 West High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Call (800) 877-8249

Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
Main address is 1716 Four Seasons Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Toll-free (800) 500-7878




Missouri School for the Deaf
505 East Fifth Street, Fulton, MO 65251. Call (573) 592-4000 for information.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Area Chapter
10420 Old Olive Street Rd #300, St. Louis, MO 63141. Dial (314) 781-9020

5240 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Dial (314) 289-4200

St. Louis Arc
1816 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146. Call (314) 817-2280

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City
Address: 3101 Broadway, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64111. Telephone number is (816) 531-4454

University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development
Main address is 215 West Pershing Road, 6th floor, Kansas City, MO 64108. Call (816) 235-1770


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