On April 12, 2022, representatives from the 22 Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) will converge at the Missouri State Capitol to discuss the future of the state’s Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program.
Members are advocates for people with disabilities who are served by the CDS program and depend on it for assistance to be independent in their own homes. These people have physical disabilities that can prevent them from performing everyday tasks that we all take for granted.
The twenty-two (22) centers that form MOCIL are all 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to enable Missourians with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes.
This program covers the needs that each person needs, such as: bathing, dressing, preparing/cooking meals, cleaning, laundry, changing sheets, shopping for basic needs, skills basic nursing care, setting up and monitoring medications, etc. Without the help provided by this programme, many people with disabilities run the risk of being forced into care facilities and losing many of their freedoms.
MOCIL centers include The Independent Living Center at 2639 E. 34th St. in Joplin. is a private, non-residential, non-profit corporation dedicated to meeting the needs of and serving people with disabilities, their families and communities. It serves residents of Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties.
A MOCIL press release says Missouri is at a critical point in its budget-making process,
“As things stand, CDS program funding is not enough to pay a living wage to the personal care workers who provide these vital services that keep people with disabilities safe and healthy in their own lives. home,” the statement read.
“Governor Parson and members of the Missouri General Assembly must prioritize this program and the lives of Missourians with disabilities.”