Working with Policymakers in Missouri
The St. Louis Arc’s legislative priorities focus on public policies and programs that relate to our organization’s mission. Read our 2013 Legislative Priorities Statement here. As advocates, we work with individuals and families to educate officeholders about the needs and issues of people with developmental disabilities in Missouri.
Funding for Services in Missouri
2012 was a challenging year for families and their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Thousands of individuals are still waiting for services through the Missouri Department of Mental Health-Regional Centers. The state legislature continues to look at funding cuts for services. So, what can advocates do?
1. Let your voice be heard! Through the St. Louis Arc you can receive emails and information about advocacy efforts in which you can take part.
2. Agree to host a meeting in your home for your legislator and a small group of families. This is a great way to share how legislation affects your family and your loved one.
To get information or host a meeting, contact Ann Mangelsdorf or call 314-817-2275.
Services for people with disabilities in Missouri are already under-funded. Wait lists exist for residential services, day services, transportation and family support services. St. Louis Arc asks you to share your personal story with your legislators to advocate against future cuts! Use Legislator Lookup to find your legislators' contact information.
The Impact of Strengthening Medicaid for Missourians with Developmental Disabilities
Many families have questions about the effect of Medicaid on people with developmental disabilities in Missouri and how changes in the program might effect people with disabilities. Click here to view the current statement from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Federal Legislation and Issues
Click here to read The Arc of the United States' position statements on various issues. You may want to also visit the Action Center of The Arc of the United States to learn more about both federal and state issues of interest to people with developmental disabilities.
You can also access resource information at Disability.gov, the federal government's main portal for disability information.