Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County & Community Support Services to Consolidate Children’s Services

Joplin, MO – The Boards of Directors for Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County in Webb City and Community Support Services of Missouri in Joplin announce an agreement to merge services for children in the area effective January 1, 2019.

The new agency will be known as Community Support Services of Missouri-Cerebral Palsy Center (CSS-CP) Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County and Community Support Services of Missouri are two exceptional local organizations with over 100 years of service to persons with special needs. Both organizations have collaborated for years to serve the children of our region. Now, the Boards of Directors of Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County Webb City Development Center and Community Support Services of Missouri have agreed to consolidate their resources to ensure that children with cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities in our region receive the highest level of service possible. This consolidation of services will also allow the merged organization to expand the scope of therapies offered and provide additional special instructors and certified teachers. The merger will expand efforts to develop additional resources, grants, contracts and volunteer activities.

Each year the need for early childhood services grows. Today there are over 500 children in Southwest Missouri identified with developmental delays. This consolidation of children’s services is the most effective way to meet the expanding developmental and therapeutic needs of children with special needs.

According to Board Presidents Kyle Hickam and Brad Baker, “This is the perfect partnership. Special needs individuals will have continuity of services.”