History

 

In the late 1960s the State of Missouri passed enabling legislation referred to as Chapter 205.968 through 205.972 of the Revised Missouri Statutes which permitted counties to establish a mill tax for the purpose of developing and expanding sheltered workshops, residential and support services for their developmentally disabled citizens.

In August of 1978 the voters of Jefferson County established the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped through the passage of Proposition S - "The Special Ones". On August 17, 1978, pursuant to Section 205.968 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, the Jefferson County Court, County Commissioners, established and appointed the first handicapped facilities board consisting of nine members - four board members related to handicapped persons and five members unrelated.

Through the passage of Proposition S, a 10 cent levy was assessed on each one hundred dollars of property evaluated. The funds collected from the 10-cent levy are used to develop community-based supports for the developmentally disabled citizens of Jefferson County. In June 1980, the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped established a non-profit corporation; Exceptional Ones, Inc. Exceptional Ones was established and is administered by the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped (JCCH). The JCCH serves as the board of directors for Exceptional Ones, Inc. The Director of Exceptional Ones, Inc. reports directly to the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped. The board of directors for the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped voted to change the name of Exceptional Ones, Inc. to Developmental Services of Jefferson County, Inc. The name change was filed with the Secretary of State and became effective July 1, 1991.

In 1985 the 10 cent levy was rolled back to 6 cents as a result of reassessment and in 1988 with the passage of Proposition H, the levy was increased by 4 cents restoring the levy back up to the original amount of 10 cents on each one hundred dollars of property evaluated.

In 2003 the JCCH Board of Directors voted to change the name of the board to the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board (JCDDRB). The name was changed to better reflect the individuals being served and the board’s mission and purpose.