Organization goes the distance for Mexico man

Organization goes the distance for Mexico man
Andy Creed
Dave Faries

There was a bathtub, a state agency and someone with the lackluster title of Service Coordinator.

None of these would be expected to be the cause of celebration. Yet for Andy Creed and his mother, the installation of the tub was a momentous occasion.

“God bless Mallory for her hard work in making what seemed impossible possible,” Sue Creed said.

Mallory Day is the service coordinator in question. She works with a Fulton-based organization, Center for Human Services. The tub is a walk in model that replaced a traditional claw foot tub in the Creed’s Mexico home.

Andy Creed, 30, has disabilities that made using the older tub a safety concern. He lives at home, but needs a level of assistance that one would find at an intermediate care facility.
This is where the state agency comes to the rescue.

The Community Support Waiver is a federal funding program operated through the Missouri Department of Mental Health that helps those with disabilities who live with and are supported by family pay for items that they need. The waiver program covers 3,800 people in the state, but there are limits.

There must be a risk that care facility services would be necessary if the waiver is not applied. And the service is capped at $28,000 a year per participant.

Day guided the request to Creed’s waiver through all the administrative hoops and the family received the tub.

As a service coordinator with Center for Human Services, Day helps Creed and his family locate services that best meet his needs. Creed attends a Developmental Training Center Day Program and uses transportation services.

“Mallory always makes sure Andy is doing well with his goals at this day program and while working with his one-on-one staff,” Sue Creed said.

Day helps adjust his goals based upon where Creed is academically and changes them as he progresses.

One of the goals was for Creed to improve his communication skills, which are critical for independent living. He had a tendency toward one word answers. Working with CHS staff and at the day program, Creed now responds with at least six words.

The Center for Human Services is a nonprofit supporting more than 5,000 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities across 39 counties in the state. The organization operates a family and child development program through Early Head Start and Missouri First Steps, a community living program that includes group homes and other supported living, employment support and more.

Creed is part of the service coordination arm of CHS.

“We try to help as many people as we can,” said CHS Communications Coordinator Marissa Ivie.

The organization points to Creed as a success story – or a continued success story, with more goals on the way.

Success is counted in the work he puts in at the day program. But it also comes in the form of a brand new bathtub.


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