The members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) recently awarded eight grant requests from various agencies offering services to Lawrence County clients.
Board members approved a grant request to OATS in the amount of $2,000 for transportation expenses for Lawrence County clients.
The Barry-Lawrence County Development Center received funding in the amount of $27,000, which also includes mileage stipends for the foster grandparent program.
The Monett Area Workshop received funding in the amount of $70,600, which includes transportation costs for workers.
Drury University was approved for $60,913 for music therapy services for approximately 30 Lawrence County clients.
Community Support Services received funding in the amount of $14,138 for the services of a resource specialist to serve 121 clients in the county. The cost of the resource specialist is also shared by Barry County.
A grant in the amount of $3,500 was awarded to Alternative Opportunities, which funds social outings and parties for Lawrence County clients.
Jean Hamilton was awarded a grant in the amount of $7,600 for evaluation, training and follow-up services for older clients.
Joplin Regional Center requested a grant of $53,200, of which $24,800 for two clients was approved. State funding will have to absorb the remaining $28,400 for five Lawrence County clients receiving services through that agency.
Lawrence County tax board members noted that other counties are in the position of not having many potential clients on a waiting list to receive services from the Regional Center. Lawrence County currently has a waiting list of 21 persons waiting to receive services. The bulk of the funds that would have gone to the Regional Center will be used, in part, to assist those persons.
LCDD board director George Woodward also noted that the board had set aside $12,000 for camp scholarships, $27,200 for the Lawrence County DD Community Center in Aurora, $16,000 for training and workshops and $30,000 for related services.
The administrative budget for 2011 has been set, with an expected $359,000 in projected income, $320,000 in committed and non-committed funds, $74,500 in emergency reserve and $86,500 in anticipated expenditures for salaries, equipment and loan payments.
The next meeting of the LCDD tax board will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the LCDD Office and Community Center, located at 403 E. Elm in Aurora.