In 1969 a state statute was enacted that allows the citizens of Missouri counties to vote on a tax levy to support various local services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Commonly known as “SB 40″ Boards after the Senate Bill that created them. The voters of Jackson County approved such a program in 1976, and eitas’ first Board of Directors was appointed in 1977. First known as the Jackson County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled, the Board voted in 2007 to change the name to Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas. The name change and a new logo were developed to bring more attention to the organization and the services provided.
Our initial charter was to provide supports for sheltered workshops and residential group homes for the persons who were employed by workshops. But since 1976 the needs and supports for individuals have changed tremendously. Over the years the SB 40 statutes (Missouri Revised Statutes 205.968 to 205.972) have been modified several times to allow for these changes. Today we support a variety of services and programs, in addition to employment and residential services, that benefit thousands of people every year.