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Disability benefit programs Missouri.

Benefits are provided in Missouri by several government agencies and some assistance may also be provided by non-profit organizations. Tens of thousands of residents turn to these services and groups in order to receive assistance. The programs 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 get the support they need. Help is also offered for their caregivers and family members. If one of these Missouri organizations can’t provide you with the help you need, then they will often have referrals available. Also, keep in mind that residents can also look into various other low income programs and what is listed below is focused just on the disability.

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 and placement. Throughout this process the client can continue to access vocational training and transition services.

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.

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.

Department of Social Services provides cash assistance, financial aid, and other government benefits to income qualified disabled families. 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, health and dental care from Medicaid, and other Missouri cash assistance programs. Many other services may be provided too. 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.





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.

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 throughout the State of Missouri. (573) 751-8017.

The state’s Department of Social Services’ Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) supports the blind and helps them attain personal and vocational success and 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.

Assistive Technology will help the blind and visually impaired get the tools they need, such as computers. 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. Call the Social Services’ Rehabilitation Services at (573) 751-4249.

Additional organizations that may provide disability assistance in Missouri

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, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(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
P.O. Box 687
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, P.O. Box 3303
Springfield, MO 65808
(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 Autism Society
1311 Wells Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 749-7225

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 Deaf-Blind Association
P.O. Box 145
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 423-6141

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
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-6400

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, P.O. Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Toll-free (800) 364-9687

Missouri Department of Social Services, HealthNet Division
Main address: 221 West High Street, P.O. Box 1527
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Primary phone - (800) 735-2966

Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center
2220 Holmes, Room 342
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, Room 250-A, P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(800) 877-8249

Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
Main address is 1716 Four Seasons Drive, Suite 103
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
1867 Lackland Hill Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 781-9020

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

St. Louis Arc
1816 Lackland Hill Parkway, #200
St. Louis, MO 63146
(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

By Jon McNamara

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