State Agencies

DMH - Department of Mental Health

DESE - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

MO Autism Centers

Thompson Center Columbia

Children's Mercy

Kansas City

Cardinal Glennon

St. Louis

SMSU Autism Center

Cape Girardeau

Early Intervention

First Steps

Early intervention

Parent Training and

Other Information

MPACT - Parent training and information

MODDRC - A network of support options

Child Care

MOCCRRN – Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network - Click on "Special Needs"

Family Supports

Support Groups


The A-List is a “Parents Only” discussion list about Missouri special education resources and issues in autism. Parents can apply to join by contacting MO-FEAT at or 636-527-FEAT (3328) or 1-877-275-8988. To subscribe directly, email the A-List

Missouri Family-to-Family Resource Center at UMKC-IHD

Sheli Reynolds, contact person
Bus: 816-235-1759 , E-mail:
National grassroots network of families, friends, and advocates for health care services that are family centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children/youth with special health care needs. Promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals. To visit their website, click here.


Parent Training

Easter Seals Midwest (formerly Lifeskills | Touchpoint Autism Services)

TouchPoint Autism Services offers Parent Training, a two-week intensive behavior therapy course for
families dealing with autism. This training will help your child and family immediately. Learn more>>


Sound Advice on Autism

To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents. Learn more>>

Respite Care

Respite care is short term, temporary care provided to people with disabilities so that their families can take a break from the daily routine and stress of caregiving. Respite services may sometimes involve overnight care. Ask your case manager through your Regional Office for more information or your local SB40 board.