The Boone County Community Services Department was created to oversee and coordinate the disbursement of the funds received from the Children’s Services sales tax, the portion of the Boone Hospital lease revenue designated for health care, and the domestic violence funds collected through court fees.
To support the greatest possible level of independence and self-sufficiency of Boone County residents by promoting their physical, mental and social well-being to cultivate a safe and healthy community.
Children’s Services Fund
To improve the lives of children, youth and families in Boone County by strategically investing in the creation and maintenance of integrated systems that deliver effective and quality services for children and families in need.
On November 6, 2012, the citizens of Boone County passed County of Boone Proposition 1, which created a Children’s Services Fund for the purpose of providing services to protect the well-being and safety of children and youth nineteen years of age or less and to strengthen families. The Fund was created pursuant to RSMo. §67.1775, RSMo. §210.861, and the ballot language presented to the voters on November 6, 2012. The Children’s Services Fund became effective and the inaugural board was appointed by the County Commission in April of 2013. The board is known as the Boone County Children’s Services Board (BCCSB) and is the administrative authority of the Children’s Services Fund including establishing the budget and approving appropriations from the fund. The Children’s Services Fund generates approximately 6.5 million dollars per year.
Statutorily Eligible Services
RSMo. §210.861 specifies the types of services that may be funded by the BCCSB; pursuant to statute, funds may be invested in the following services:
• up to thirty days of temporary shelter for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed youth
• respite care services
• unmarried parent services
• outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment programs
• counseling and related services as a part of transitional living programs
• home-based and community-based family intervention programs
• prevention programs which promote healthy lifestyles among children and youth and strengthen families
• crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines
• individual, group, or family professional counseling and therapy services
• psychological evaluations
• mental health screenings
Revenues collected and deposited in the Children’s Services Fund may not be expended for inpatient medical, psychiatric, and chemical dependency services, or for transportation services.