General qualifications include:

  • Are at least 16 years old
  • Ability to be safe and successful in a one staff to 10 participant ratio


  • Have a record of primary diagnosis of one or more of the following:
    • Learning Disorder
    • Reading Disorder
    • Math Disorder
    • LD-NOS
    • Disorder of Written Expression
    • Expressive Language Disorder
    • Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder
    • Phonological Disorder
    • Stuttering
    • Borderline Intellectual Functioning
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (typically level 1, or those who were previously diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD-NOS))
    • AD(H)D OR
    • Brain Injury

Individual meetings are the final step before an applicant is officially admitted to the program. This meeting is used to explain the policies of the program and what procedures must be followed in order to benefit from our services. If an applicant who has met all eligibility requirements agrees that our services match their personal needs and desires and that they are willing to participate under our policies, we move forward. If an applicant determines that our services and policies are not the best match for their needs at this time, we will gladly refer to other organizations in the area that may be a better fit.

Eligibility for partial funding

Pathways to Independence is partially funded for participants living in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County by the following SB-40 Boards:

Participants seeking partial funding must reside in one of these counties and meet the eligibility criteria of the individual funder in addition to PTI’s eligibility guidelines.

County funders typically require that individuals seeking funded positions must qualify for (but not necessarily receive) services from the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities. Contact St. Louis Regional Office or PTI for more information.

What is a Senate Bill 40 (SB-40) Board?

In Missouri, some of our tax dollars are allocated towards services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each county has a SB-40 Board, who manages this money, and makes decisions regarding which local agencies receive funding for their services.

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