Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Simons, Director

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Bernie Simons is the Director of Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disabilities and has worked in the field for 40 years. As the Division Director in Missouri, Mr. Simons has worked for over the past five years to redesign and strengthen the Developmental Disabilities Division in the face of numerous budget constraints.

He has redesigned the regional structure, increased local case management to 80 counties (14,000 individuals), strengthened the quality enhancement system, improved communications with community providers, state associations and county boards, and sponsored regional presentations on the accreditation process. In addition, Mr. Simons was instrumental in developing the Partnership for Hope waiver. More than 30,000 Missourians receive services and supports through the Developmental Disabilities' system, and over 500 people have transitioned from the Habilitation Centers to community supports, and all admissions to the Centers have been discontinued.

Mr. Simons’ prior experience includes being a Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Superintendent and direct support staff. He also worked as a consultant with numerous states on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Department of Justice issues.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of Providence and his Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Certificate of Graduate Studies from Boston University.