Friday, July 1, 2011

Nixon announced expansion of Partnership for Hope

Governor Jay Nixon announced on Thursday that he plans to expand the Partnership for Hope program to 10 additional Missouri counties.

The program provides assistance for families who have family members with developmental disabilities. The idea is to keep these individuals out of assisted care facilities … and stay at home with loved ones.

Qualified families can receive up to twelve thousand dollars per year in assistance.

Nixon’s spokesperson, Scott Holste, says that Partnership for Hope helps alleviate long waiting lists.

“And often, because of these waiting lists, the services may not be able to be provided or could not be provided until we reach a crisis point and maybe that family member then had to leave home and stay in a state facility for a while,” Holste said.

Through the expansion, Partnership for Hope will be available in Perry, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve, and Wayne Counties in Southeast Missouri. 300 additional families will be served.

Partnership for Hope is funded at the Federal, State, and County level. Each county’s contribution is matched by the state. The federal portion equals three times that of the county. State funds come from the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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