Pathways to Independence’s eligibility to be funded by local SB-40 Boards is based, in part, on the following SB-40 Legislation and caselaw review. For more information on these, please click the associated link(s):

SB-40 Legislation

Vocational Services, Inc. v. Developmental Disabilies Resource Board caselaw summary

Eligibility (CRITERIA UPDATED June 2012)

Residents from throughout the St. Louis area meeting the qualifications below may participate in our program.

  • St. Louis County residents and individuals outside of the City of St. Louis or St. Charles County (residents of the City of St. Louis and St. Charles County – see below):

PTI offers a self-pay option for individuals living in St. Louis County and other areas outside of St. Louis City and St. Charles County or waiting to become active from our waitlists within those counties. For more information about this option, please contact the PTI office.

  • City of St. Louis and St. Charles County Residents:

Pathways to Independence (PTI) is partially funded for participants residing in the City of St. Louis and St. Charles County by:

  • DD Resources (St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources) and
  • DDRB (The Developmental Disability Resource Board of St. Charles County)

Residents of St. Louis City or St. Charles County may qualify for DD Resources or DDRB funded slots. (For those seeking to utilize DD Resources or DDRB funded slots, please understand that the individuals must meet the general PTI agency criteria as described below IN ADDITION TO those found on the respective DD Resources funding eligibility and DDRB funding eligibility pages found on our website.

All individuals seeking funded positions must qualify for services from the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities – Contact St. Louis Regional Office for more information)

General Qualifications include:

  • Are at least 18 years old AND
  • Be diagnosed with a higher cognitive functioning developmental disability that has a substantial functional limitation in the areas of learning and may also have a substantial functional limitation in their receptive and expressive language development and use, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency.


  • 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 and potentially level 2)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disability or PDD (NOS)
  • AD(H)D, or
  • Traumatic 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.