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Who is eligible?

The Missouri Department of Mental Health – Central Missouri Regional Office determines eligibility for BCFR. In order to qualify for services through BCFR, you must be a Boone County resident and have a developmental disability.

What is a developmental disability?

Developmental Disability is defined by the Missouri Department of Mental Health as the following:

  • A mental or physical impairment (excludes mental illness)
  • Occurs before the age of 22
  • Results in major difficulties with two or more of the following:
    • walking
    • talking
    • self-care
    • self-direction
    • learning
    • living independently
    • getting and keeping a job
  • Is lifelong or of extended duration
  • Requires individually planned and coordinated services and assistance

Already enrolled in Missouri First Steps and interested in BCFR services?

Contact your First Steps Service Coordinator to initiate the BCFR referral process.

Boone County Family Resources Intake Process

Please read our intake process below, or view the video, or download and print the intake process in English, Spanish, or Arabic.

Call the Central Missouri Regional Office/Department of Mental Health (CMRO/DMH) at (573) 441-6278. Ask for a referral for services.

After a short screening, if appropriate, CMRO/DMH will send you an application in the mail.

Complete the application within 30 days. Return by mail to 900 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite 200, Columbia, MO 65203 or by fax to (573) 884-4294.

You will be assigned a contact person from the CMRO/DMH to help you with the rest of the intake process.

CMRO/DMH will complete an assessment in your home, over the phone, or through a video call within 30 business days.

You will be asked to sign a form that will allow school and/or medical records to be shared with CMRO/DMH.

CMRO/DMH will tell you whether or not you qualify for services by phone and by mail within those same 30 business days.

If you qualify for Boone County Family Resources, an assigned Support Coordinator will set up an initial meeting with you within 30 days.