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Lawrence County DD Board approves grant requests

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Members of the Law-rence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled (LCDD) approved two grant requests at the October meeting.

Community Support Services of Missouri re-quested $2,400 to increase funding for the Partnership of Hope waiver. The funds will provide personal assis-tance and day services for seven individuals, as well as one self-directed per-sonal assistance services. The grant was approved.

Community Support Services also requested $25,000 to provide applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services to Lawrence County. The funds will be used for Lawrence County clients in need of intensive behavioral residential ha-bilitation services through a licensed specialist.

The program uses posi-tive teaching strategies and supports intensive indi-vidualized behavior serv-ices. In Missouri, ABA services are provided to eligible First Steps clients in Lawrence County who will need ABA services over the course of the next year.

The grant request was approved.

George Woodward, director of the LCDD, pre-sented a proposed office budget for the coming fis-cal year. That budget in-cludes $51,152 in salaries, $1,800 in payroll assis-tance, $7,720 for the mort-gage and insurance, $4,400 for maintenance and office supplies, $2,000 for build-ing repairs, $2,500 for trash collection services, and $2,700, for communica-tions, phone and postage. The proposed 2013 budget is up only $1,000 from the 2012 budget.

The 2013 budget also proposes $370,000 in committed and un-committed grants, $9,300 in an emergency fund and $2,000 on equipment, among other listed expendi-tures.

The budget also allows $30,000 for the LCDD Community Center activi-ties for Lawrence County clients, which will pay for staffing, supplies and equipment and operational costs.

LCDD is funded through a local property tax, which was voted on a approved by Lawrence County residents. The board is governed by nine local board members who are appointed by the Law-rence County Commission.

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