Missouri DSS Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to services.  Accordingly, DSS employees, applicants for employment, and contractors are treated equitably regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or veteran status.   

All DSS contracts and vendor agreements shall contain nondiscrimination clauses as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order 94-3, Article XIII.  Such clauses shall also contain assurances of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended and other pertinent civil rights laws and regulations.

DSS applicants for, or recipients of, services from DSS are treated equitably regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or religion.  Appropriate interpretive services will be provided as required for the visually or hearing impaired and for persons with language barriers.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the Department of Social Services, should contact their local office or the DSS ADA Coordinator, Office for Civil Rights Manager Anna Wise, at the address/phone number listed below, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

Applicants for, or recipients, of services from DSS who believe they have been denied a service or benefit may file a complaint by calling the DSS Office for Civil Rights at (800) 776-8014 (Toll Free); or Relay Missouri for hearing and speech impaired at (866) 735-2460 (Voice); (800) 735-2966 (Text).  Complaints may also be filed by contacting the local office or by writing to: 

Missouri Department of Social Services
Office for Civil Rights
P. O. Box 1527 br> Jefferson City, MO 65102-1527

Applicants for, or recipients of services from DSS who believe they have been denied a service or benefit because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or religion may also file a complaint by writing to:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
601 East 12th Street, Room 248
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 426-7277 (Voice); (816) 426-7065 (TDD)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at [email protected].

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This policy shall be posted in a conspicuous place, accessible to all applicants for services, clients, employees, and applicants for employment, in all divisions, institutions and offices governed by DSS.