A developmental disability can take many forms. In general, a developmental disability is attributed to one or more of the following: intellectual delays or impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, head or brain injury, autism, a learning disability related to a brain dysfunction or certain other mental or physical impairments that occur before the age of 22.

A mental illness can also take many forms. Mental illness is considered a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. A few examples include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder. A mental illness can occur at any time in a person’s life.

Developmental disabilities and mental illness fall along a continuum of severity. Neither is a result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Someone who has a developmental disability may also have a secondary mental illness, and someone with a predominant mental illness may also have a secondary developmental disability.

In 2012 Burrell Behavioral Health established the Developmental Services Department, which offers specialized services to individuals who have physical or intellectual disabilities.

To determine if you qualify for services, you will need to contact your local Regional Office and request an Intake. If you are found eligible by the Regional Office, a Support Coordinator will be assigned by your county’s Targeted Case Management provider (TCM). You and your Support Coordinator will discuss needs and create an Individualized Support Plan (ISP) to address your needs. If direct care services are identified as a need and funding is approved, you may choose Burrell Developmental Services to provide supports.

Services are funded through Department of Mental Health for individuals who have Medicaid, or you may private pay.

Services Offered

Independent Living Supports

Personal Assistance
This service is used to assist individuals in performing daily living tasks such as hygiene, shopping, preparing/planning meals, eating, laundry, and practicing social skills in the community to avoid isolation. Unlike Community Integration or In Home Living Skills, Personal Care services focus more on doing for the person instead of teaching. This may be provided on a 1:1 basis or in a group.

Personal Assistance Medical/Behavioral
This is different from Personal Care in that it focuses on individuals with exceptional medical or behavioral needs. Additional training is required specific to the person’s medical or behavioral needs. It is provided on a 1:1 basis.

Community Specialist
This service is used when specialized supports are needed to assist the person in achieving outcomes in the Individualized Support Plan. It may include advocating, plan development, locating and accessing services within the person’s field of expertise, or any other specialized duty. It is provided on a 1:1 basis.

Day Services

Community Integration
This service is provided in the community. It focuses on teaching the individual a variety of things in the community, including how to develop and use social skills, how to comparison shop, how to access community resources, and how to become a fully participating member of the community. This service can be provided 1:1 or in a group.

Home Skills
This service is provided in the individual’s home. It focuses on teaching a variety of daily living skills such as how to do laundry, how to cook, how to do meal planning, how to manage a home. This can be provided 1:1 or in group.

Professional Assessment and Monitoring
This service includes RN Services,
LPN Services, Psychiatric Evaluation (limited to funding approval for those individuals not covered by Medicaid or other insurance), Transportation, or Occupational Therapy supports.


Job Discovery
This service helps an individual figure out what he or she wants to do, and is capable of doing, in the competitive employment field. It may include volunteerism, job exploration, job shadowing, informational interviewing, labor market research, job and task analysis activities, and business plan development for those seeking self-employment. It is provided on a 1:1 basis and is limited to three months. Ideally, this begins the path to job preparation, supported employment, community employment, or independent employment in the community.

Job Preparation
This service provides training and work experience intended to teach an individual the skills needed to succeed in paid community employment. It may include volunteerism, following directions, focusing on tasks, completing tasks, achieving productivity standards and quality results, responding appropriately to supervisors/co-workers, attendance and punctuality, problem solving, safety, mobility, or short-term work trials. Social skills and appropriate hygiene may also be incorporated. It may be provided on a 1:1 basis or in a group. This continues the pathway to supported employment, community employment, or independent employment in the community.

Community Employment
This service is most recognizable when referred to as a “job coach”. It is provided on a 1:1 basis for a person who is employed in the community, but who needs some additional supports in learning or maintaining his/her position. This service may be a short or long-term need.

Crisis Intervention

Person-Centered Strategies Consultant
This service involves consultation to the individuals support team to improve the quality of life for the individual through the development and implementation of positive, proactive and preventative person-centered strategies and a modified environment and/or life style for the individual. This is provided on a 1:1 basis and is meant to be the first proactive step in helping a person avoid a crisis situation involving his/her behavioral challenges.

Burrell Working Solutions (BWS)
Burrell Working Solutions is the Sheltered Workshop located in Bolivar, Missouri. BWS provides meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities in the communities of Polk and Dallas counties. The work consists of basic assembling, sorting, packaging, and other simple hand tasks. There is an opportunity for performing janitorial and recycling duties. BWS employees are highly motivated to produce a quality product and benefit from a structured environment where they learn life skills and have a sense of contributing to their communities.

Functional Behavior Analysis
This is performed by a licensed Behavior Analyst. This process identifies functional relationships between behavior and the environment, including things that may contribute to the person’s behaviors (both positive and negative). A report of the findings is included.

Behavior Analysis Services
This service is provided by a licensed Behavior Analyst. It includes incorporating findings from the Functional Behavior Analysis into a Behavior Support Plan. The Behavior Analyst trains the support team on the recommendations of the Behavior Support Plan, monitors data collected, assesses the efficacy of the plan, and makes any needed modifications to the plan and/or outcomes.


Individualized Supported Living
This is a residential service provided in the community. A person may live alone or with the person(s) of his/her choosing. The number of individuals in one home is limited to four. Individuals receive supports in all areas of life, with the emphasis on community participation and inclusion. The individual may have some alone time without staff, or may have staff up to 24.

Sassafras Supported Living
This is an apartment complex specifically designed and developed for the optimum experience in accessible living for those who have physical challenges and needs. Since construction in 1994, Sassafras has earned a reputation in the community for providing quality, affordable apartments that not only allow for, but encourage people to live rich and full lives with the perfect balance of individualism and customized assistance. The goal of the founders remains the same today as so many years ago; to provide beautiful living spaces where people are limited only by their imaginations and not by structural barriers. For more information, visit their website at www.sassafrasapartments.com.

For more information on the Developmental Disabilities program, please contact:

Burrell Developmental Services
Phone: 417-761-6320
Fax: 417-761-6123

1370 E. Primrose, Suite M
Springfield MO 65804