Branson, Missouri – Beginning July 1, Developmental Connections, the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, transferred all case management services to a newly-formed non-profit, LinkAbility, Inc. This change will allow Developmental Connections to be in compliance with requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that providers, like Developmental Connections, provide Conflict-Free Case Management for individuals on HCBS (Home and Community Based Service) waivers, meaning anyone having an interest in or employed by a provider of HCBS waiver services for an individual must not provide case management or develop their person-centered service plan. To comply, Developmental Connections has divested itself of case management services and continues to provide residential, day program, employment and other vital services to residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

This change will minimally affect the approximate 325 residents of Taney, Stone and Ozarks counties currently served by Developmental Connections. “All case management services and personnel will remain the same,” said LinkAbility’s newly hired executive director, Cheryl Cassidy. “It is important that we keep the continuity of care and services through this transition.”

Cassidy has served as the Assistant Director for the Springfield Regional Office – Department of Mental Health (DMH) since 2012, with over 18 years of total service, providing oversight for the planning, development, and administration of programs and services provided by DMH for people with developmental disabilities. Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Drury University in Springfield, MO. Additional information can be found at

About Developmental Connections:

The SB40 Board (Developmental Connections) is a political sub-division of the county, empowered to collect a county-wide property tax for the establishment and/or operation of a sheltered workshop, residential facilities and/or related services for the care or employment of Taney County residents with developmental disabilities. The Board’s goal is to assist and support local nonprofit agencies in the development of resources to enhance the lives and opportunities available to persons with developmental disabilities in Taney County. Our vision is that Taney County residents and families of individuals with developmental disabilities will look upon Developmental Connections as a central resource of information, referral and support for services and the development of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

About LinkAbility, Inc.:

LinkAbility, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit agency employing Case Managers who help coordinate, link and connect eligible individuals in Taney, Stone and Ozark counties to resources and services as identified in the person-centered planning process. Case Managers are professionals who are trained in the field of developmental disabilities or a closely related field. Each area individual who applies for services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities is assigned a Case Manager with the agency. Each individual eligible for supports must work with a Case Manager to develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP). Individual support planning encourages a team approach to involve the individual and community networks in planning for the future. The process involves developing a vision for the future, while coordinating resources and supports to make the vision a reality. Supports are planned and effectively implemented in accordance with each participant’s unique needs, expressed preferences and decisions concerning his/her life in the community.

Photo: Cheryl Cassidy, Executive Director, LinkAbility, Inc.