The mission of our Board is to support opportunities and choices for Howard County residents with developmental disabilities and their families.
Who We Are
Howard County Sheltered Services Board was established in 1984 with the passage of a special property tax levy. The Board of Directors fund services for eligible persons of all ages with developmental disabilities. Potential board members submit an application to the County Commission.
Composition of the board of directors must meet the statutory requirements of the enabling legislation. Additionally, persons appointed to the board must comply with the provisions of the bylaws of the board and policy. As appointees of a statutorily created entity with broad powers, board members have certain fiduciary duties, which require that they conduct themselves without conflict to the interest of the agency they serve. At least two of the nine members shall be related by blood or marriage within the third degree to a person with developmental disabilities. Conflicts of interest are not prohibited, but disclosure is critical. Disclosure should not be construed as creating a presumption of impropriety or as automatically precluding someone from participation. Rather, it reflects the recognition of the many factors that can influence one's judgment and a desire to make as much information as possible available to other participants. Potentially conflicting interests may relate to programs and services or operations, such as contracts with third parties. Current Board Members is as follows:
Ronda Thiessen, President
David Wallace, Vice President
Brenda Mansfield, Secretary / Treasurer
Margie Lewis, Director
Judy Lay, Director
Tammy Hackman, Director
Sara Bagby, Director
Mark Jarboe, Director
Howard County Sheltered Services Board was established in 1984 with the passage of a special property tax levy, commonly called SB40. This tax was set specifically to fund services for eligible persons of all ages with developmental disabilities.
For many years it was known as Howard County Association for the Handicapped. During those years the board of directors was very diligent in saving the money for the county, while funding such requests as matching dollars for the transportation grants through MoDot, vacation and camp trips, and recreational activities. As the times and funding sources changed, so did the way the board did business.
One of the first steps in this area was to begin providing match dollars for Medicaid waiver services. That allows us to “buy” services at forty cents on the dollar, and it is easy to see that in this way we can secure many more service hours for Howard County citizens with developmental disabilities.
Sometime shortly after that the actual name was changed to represent both the intent of the legislation that allows each county to tax itself and the persons who benefit from the services purchased on their behalf. The Howard County Sheltered Services Board is what followed.
From 2007 to July 2017 the board has contracted for administrative services. Through this process we have been able to achieve
Changes in Federal Legislation required all entities providing services and targeted case management to become conflict free. In order to keep services in Howard County the Sheltered Services Board made the decision to no longer use an administrative service. We have instead hired an Executive Director who will be responsible for administrative duties of the Board and oversee Targeted Case Management in Howard County.
Volunteer to be on the Board of Directors
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors please use the button provided to download an application. You can return the application to Tina Rice, email@example.com via email or by mailing the application to PO Box 412, Fayette, MO 65248. The Board of Directors will review the application and submit it to the presiding Commissioner for possible appointment.