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Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled issues funding

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) awarded grants to eight organizations during their November meeting.

Monett Area Workshop received funding in the amount of $76,800 for transportation for Lawrence County clients. The funds will cover fuel costs. An estimated shortfall of $704 million from the state's current budget will impact funding for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which helps support the Workshop.

The OATS system received $3,000 for transporting Lawrence County clients from the cities of Aurora, Miller, Marionville and Pierce City for doctor appointments and shopping needs.

The Barry-Lawrence Development Center was awarded $27,000 for general operations, First Steps and the foster grandparent program.

Alternative Opportunities received $3,500 for providing up to four cultural outings per year for the county's clients.

Joplin Regional Center received $24,800 to provide waiver matches for two Lawrence County clients.

Community Support Services, which provides for Lawrence County recipients, received $16,113. That amount is matched by both the Barry County Tax Board for the Developmental Disabilities and Community Support Services.

Drury University received $60,913 for music therapy services for 69 clients, two of which are on a waiting list.

Magic Moments Riding Therapy was awarded $16,000, whch will fund therapy services for a total of 10 clients.

The related services fund, which covers camp scholarships, occupational therapy services and other related services, was budgeted at $52,000. Those funds cover costs associated with personal assistants, family needs and equipment.

The board also approved $2,000 for the book project and $10,000 for the dental program.

In other business, the board approved the 2012 Community Center budget of $27,600 and the office budget of $75,000.

The next meeting of the LCDD board will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the LCDD office, which is located at 403 E. Elm St. in Aurora.

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