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 Jennifer Zamkus, 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 (800) 735-2466 (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
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)
Additionally, any person who believes they have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion, or political belief in any United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) related activity (e.g. food stamps, commodity food, etc.) may file a complaint directly with USDA by completing a USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form. This form can be found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, at any USDA office, or by calling (866) 632-9992. A letter containing all of the information requested in the form will be accepted in lieu of the form. Send the completed complaint form or letter by mail, fax, or email to:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax (202) 690-7442
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). Requests for information in alternative means of communication such as Braille or large print should be directed to (202) 720-2600 (Voice and TDD).
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.