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Although newly established in 2016, MPower’s story actually began in 1996… When the Department of Mental Health (DMH) began to partner with individual counties to do case management; The Center for Human Services (our mother company) was chosen as one of the first agencies to enter into this pilot program. The idea was that local individuals would have better access to, and therefore be able to better serve, members of their own communities. As this program began to show signs of success, more and more counties entered into this arrangement with the Department of Mental Health, (DMH). The Center for Human Services started doing Targeted Case Management, (TCM) in Pettis and Saline Counties.
In 2016 Medicaid changed its rules and stated that Targeted Case Management could not be done within the same agency that provided programming due to the potential for conflicts of interest. The Center for Human Services was forced to make some very tough decisions. One of those decisions was to release TCM from their organization. In January 2016, the Pettis County SB40 Board agreed to take responsibility of TCM. The board hired an Executive Director to administer both Pettis and Saline Counties, and in July 2016 the transition took effect and MPower was born.
Although MPower was only recently established in 2016, we hit the ground running with an already well-established team. We knew where we had been and where we were going. Our highly qualified staff shared a vision of person-focused services.
Collectively, our team shares 250 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Over two-thirds of us have ten-plus years of Service Coordination experience. The individuals we serve are surrounded by exceptional teams who are dedicated to person centered planning.
After 15 years of trying to receive help from different organizations for our disabled child, we finally stumbled upon MPower. We were assigned Hazel as our caseworker. At first we thought "oh great ... another caseworker that just wishes to fill out paperwork, call Becky once a month, and take her out for lunch quarterly". We were blown out of the water! Hazel was more than we ever bargained for. She is an angel directly sent from God. We had never seen a true caseworker in action before - she opened doors for a placement that was perfect for Becky. We had never seen anybody take such an interest in our daughter - trying to make sure she was placed in the right setting, with the right staff, employment possibilities, social activities, etc. We thank God for Hazel.
-Michael & Joni Wagner give MPower permission to use this statement in their newsletter and any other form of PR media.-
As legal guardian to many of the individuals who receive services through MPower and the targeted case management, I am always highly impressed and appreciative with the MPower Team, from the Directors, Management Staff and the Service Coordinators. MPower fosters hope in the individuals they provide for, guides them with person centered care and empowers each individual to be all they can be in reaching for their hopes and dreams.