Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled
Marion County Senate Bill 40

Mission Statement
To Increase Choice, Respect, Ability, and Involvement for the Developmentally Disabled Citizens of Marion County.
Filling the gaps in service to meet the needs of people with disabilities is the philosophy and purpose of Marion County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled (MCBSDD).

Our primary goal is to find innovative ways to support the families and bolster the independence of individuals with disabilities.
A nine-member, volunteer board of directors appointed by the County Commission governs the activities of this publicly supported agency.

Who’s Who
Cathy Arrowsmith, Executive Director — Supervises all program supervisors, administration, and direct care staff. Monitor and manage all agency operations. Represent MCBSDD at all professional and service organizations.

Kris Bridges, QDDP — Supervises Bridges and Community Integration supervisors and their staff, heads the fund raising activities and Family Support meetings. Assists in planning Consumer Night Out, Special Olympics, and Athlete’s Day events.

Relna Schroeder, CIST — Supervises all the Independent Support Living (ISL) supervisors and staff.

Kathy Butler, Community Integration Liaison — Supervises the Community Integration staff, Respite, and assists in planning the Consumer Night Out, Special Olympics and Athlete’s Day events.

Services Available/Provided/Purchased
Bridges, a day activity and training program, teaches personal care, community and pre-employment skills to young adults with multiple disabilities. Participants engage in a variety of community activities designed to maximize their physical and mental capabilities.

Community Integration is provided to individuals who live at home or in a group setting. Supporting independent activities and decision making while teaching the skills necessary to live and work in one’s own neighborhood.

Residential Services (ISL) provides supervision and training in individualized supported living arrangements for men and women with severe disabilities. The residences, each serving no more than three people, are integrated into the neighborhoods of the community and are provided through a contract with the Department of Mental Health.

Respite Care is a program that provides funding for families to purchase attendant services to enable them to attend a personal business and other concerns and is made available through a joint effort with the Hannibal Regional Center.

Family Support is a variety of services to families of children with disabilities that help to insure that their special needs are being met. These services include:

  • Assistance with the purchase of adaptive equipment for those without Medicaid or other insurance coverage.
  • Funding for parents to attend conferences and seminars relating to their child’s disability.


  1. Silver and Gold Friends Summer Day Camp serves children enrolled in special education classes for grades 1 through 12. The camp provides supervised recreational activities for children who would otherwise be unable to attend a camp due to the severity of their disabilities.
  2. Athlete’s Day brings the opportunity to compete in various track style events. Disabled athletes from near and far compete in this popular event.
  3. Consumer’s Night Out makes local events available after hours. Consumers enjoy the festivals and evening activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
  4. Special Olympics, events are made available for those eligible. Participants are engaged in local district, regional, and state events through Special Olympics of Missouri.
  5. Camp Yagottawanna is a weekend camp near Florida, Missouri. Several recreational events are offered and the opportunity to make new friends.

Transportation is provided to individuals employed at the Northeast Missouri and Monroe City Sheltered Workshops, as well as a variety of supported employment work sites. MCBSDD operates a daily transportation route with door-to-door services in Palmyra and Hannibal. Passengers are transported to employment and training programs.

Marion County residents and family members with a developmental disability such as autism, cerebral palsy, congenital disabilities, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy (and other seizure disorders), and mental retardation are eligible for services.

To be eligible for services, an individual must have a disability:

  • A mental and/or physical disability that began before the age of twenty-two.
  • Likely to continue indefinitely.
  • Results in major problems with two or more of the following: Living and working independently
  • Communication
  • Self direction
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-care

Referrals generally come fromt he Hannibal Regional Center

Service Coordination

What can service coordination provided by Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled offer you?

  • Time spent with you developing a working plan to address the
  • identified supports needed.
  • An active role in all aspects of services you receive.
  • Assistance in finding community resources.
  • Monitoring of services that you receive to guarantee quality.
  • Assistance in completing paperwork.
  • Creativity and flexibility of time and resources offered.
  • Information in a timely manner.
  • Accountability of services authorized and money allocated.
  • Advocacy assistance.

Why are we doing service coordination?

In July, 2008 Marion County Services and the Department of Mental
Health entered into a partnership to provide local service coordination.
The goals of this partnership are to:

  • Reduce caseload sizes.
  • Meet the needs of individuals in a more time and efficient manner.
  • Enhance service coordination in the county and provide quality
  • services to individuals and families.
  • To provide a more flexible service delivery system.

Our Commitment to you…

  • A choice between Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled or the Hannibal Regional Office providing your service coordination services. This will take place at your annual person-centered planning meeting or at any time you desire.
  • Response to phone messages and other communications in a timely manner.
  • We will listen to what you are saying.
  • An opportunity to share your ideas on how we can improve or change our service coordination.
  • You will have the lead in planning the supports you need.

Board of Directors Meetings
Board meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the office of MCBSDD located at 12 Northport Plaza, Hannibal, Missouri

2010 Board of Directors:
Sue Major – President
Donna Reid – Vice President
Steve Viorel – Secretary/Treasurer
Jennifer Valuck
Casey Welch
Jennifer Leftwich
Sandy Walton
Paula Crookshanks
Greg Koelliker

Contact Information
Marion Co. Services for the Dev. Disabled
12 Northport Plaza
Hannibal, MO 63401
Cathy Arrowsmith
Phone: 573-248-1077
Fax: 573-248-2978


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