Senate Bill 40 was passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 1969. The bill authorizes a county's voters to approve a levy to establish a political entity to provide services to persons with developmental disabilities. Voters in Moniteau County approved such a levy in 2000. the board which was formed as a result consists of nine community members who volunteer their time to oversee the programs. The board currently operates an 11 bed group home, an Independent Supported Living (ISL) service, a transportation program, personal assistance, an activity center, respite services and service coordination.
For more of this story check out the March 7 issue of the California Democrat.