Developmental Disabilities

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The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), established in 1974, serves a population that has developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities.

The Division’s Mission is to improve lives of Missourians with Developmental Disabilities through supports and services that foster self-determination.

Priority work of the Division of Developmental Disabilities:

Under the leadership of Governor Jay Nixon, the efforts of local county DD boards and in collaboration with the Division, the Partnership for Hope waiver was initiated in 2010. Partnership for Hope makes a fundamental shift away from high cost, crisis oriented services, providing access to services much earlier.

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