Services at MERIL

The CDS program lets adults with disabilities use Medicaid to hire someone – even a friend or relative – to help with cleaning, cooking, shopping, bathing, and more.
MERIL provides licensed nurses and trained caregivers to assist people with disabilities so they can live independently and safely in their homes.
We need caregivers! Caregivers make a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities. No experience is necessary and the hours are flexible!
We believe young people with disabilities should lead the way in making decisions about how to live their lives after school. We are here to help them develop the skills and resources they will need to live independent lives in their home, workplace, and community.
We offer free demonstrations of devices designed for people with low hearing, low vision, and other disabilities. You may qualify for free devices!

IL Skills, Information & Referral

We can guide you as you learn Independent Living skills (budgeting, cooking, etc.) that will help you live independently. We also provide Information & Referral services to help you learn about all of the community resources available to you.

Accessibility

Is your home, business, or public space accessible to people with disabilities? We are here to offer advice about ADA compliance, emergency preparedness, and home modifications (installing ramps, etc.).

Nursing Home Transition

We can guide you through the process of transitioning from a nursing home (or residential facility) back into the community through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

Advocacy & Peer Support

We educate the public about disability issues and encourage people with disabilities to advocate for their rights. We host the People First of Missouri self-advocacy group.

Resources in the Community

If you are looking for community resources, the best thing to do is contact us so that we can learn about your situation, ask you some questions, and direct you to the community resources you may find useful.
If you just want to browse some area resources, a good place to start is with the information we have collected here.
The AFL-CIO also has an extensive list of area resources: http://helpmenow.org/resources/.
Below you will find handouts that have been shared by other organizations, as well as information about the networking luncheons we host for nonprofit and public service organizations.
If you are a representative from a nonprofit or public service organization and would like to be invited to our networking luncheons, please contact us at meril@meril.org.
Here is a tentative schedule of our 2019 networking luncheons:

March 7:  St. Joseph
April 4:  Cameron
May 2:  Maryville
September 12:  Albany
October 17:  St. Joseph (before MERIL’s Halloween Bash resource fair)
November 7:  Fairfax