Since our inception over 35 years ago eitas’ role has been to fund needed services to citizens of Jackson County with developmental disabilities. Traditionally we see ourselves as the “funder of last resort”, covering the costs of services, facilities, and equipment that are not paid by other sources such as Medicaid, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Health and Senior Services, or the First Steps program. By statute, we can only provide tax funds for services to citizens of Jackson County who are deemed eligible under the definition of developmental disability and in accordance with our own local policies. See Funding Policies and Procedures.
Annually each summer we accept applications for funding for the upcoming calendar year. Interested providers should visit our website in June for application instructions and our policies and procedures that cover funding. Funds can only be awarded to qualified organizations that are nationally accredited and/or licensed and certified by the state of Missouri in serving people with developmental disabilities.
In addition to local funding, we can provide direct services to eligible individuals for transportation and support coordination. Our entire organization advocates strongly for increased services and new supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and we are seen as a local and statewide leader in our efforts to support our citizens.