Developmentally disabled citizens of Lawrence County now have a new community building.
In September, Lawrence County Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) board members voted to purchase the new facility, which is located at 403 Elm in Aurora.
"We are very pleased to have this new facility," said LCDD Director George Woodward. "The additional space will allow us to better serve the needs of the developmentally disabled in the area."
The building, which had been utilized as a church since it was built in 1973, was remodeled 10 years ago and is approximately 2,700 square feet. This is a substantial increase in size compared to the 1,100-square-foot building the board had been renting at 319 S. Madison in Aurora.
Board members said the increase in space at the new location will allow for much needed office space as well as programs and activities for the developmentally disabled.
In addition, board members said the need for LCDD Board Executive Director George Woodward to have a private office was another attribute of the new building. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates federal protection for the privacy of personal health information.
According to Woodward, the organization started moving into the new facility on Nov. 11, which was much sooner than the original move-in date of January 2010.
The LCDD board purchased the building for $165,000. A down-payment of $35,000 had already been budgeted for the cause. The remaining balance is being financed through UMB bank.
In other business, Woodward informed board members that Community Support Services will be providing Targeted Case Management for Cedar, Dade, St. Clair and Vernon counties in southwest Missouri.
In addition, LCBDD participated in a round table discussion, which was held by the Aurora Community Transition Team on Nov. 4 at the Aurora Branch Library. The purpose of the discussion was to identify key components of transition in the area.
Additional organizations that participated in the discussion included: The Joplin Regional Office, Arc of the Ozarks, Lawrence County Public Administrator, Juvenile Office and the Southwest Center for Independent Living.
In other business, board members:
* Welcomed new board member Bill Alexander, of Ash Grove.
* Approved the 2010 Administrative, Office and Community Center budgets.
The next LCDD meeting is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and will be held at the new LCBDD office.