Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County will recognize Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as Public Official of the Year Tuesday night.

Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County will recognize Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as Public Official of the Year Tuesday night.


Because of severe flooding in southeast Missouri, Nixon will be unable to attend the awards presentation at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, but Missouri first lady Georganne Nixon plans to attend and will receive the award on the governor’s behalf. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders also plans to speak.


Nixon was chosen as Public Official of the Year because of his work with the “Partnership for Hope Waiver.” On Oct. 1, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid approved a new type of support waiver for Missouri. The new form of funding services has allowed Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County to take 97 Jackson County residents off of the waiting list for services, some of whom had waited for 10 years or longer.


Local providers and individuals who have overcome significant obstacles and challenges also will receive awards on Tuesday night. More than 600 people are scheduled to attend, making it the largest awards presentation of its kind in Missouri.


Contact Jake Jacobs, executive director, at 816-363-2000 for more information about Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – empowering individuals through advocacy and support.