What is BCI?
Founded as Boone Center, Inc., BCI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer a choice of employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities along a continuum of opportunities. We offer these choices through our Organizational and Community Employment programs, as well as our Skills Center.
Where is BCI Located?
BCI has two production facilities in Missouri. The largest is in St. Peters and has 100,000 sq. ft. of production space, warehouse and offices. The second facility, in Moscow Mills, has 23,000 sq. ft. of production floor and warehouse space.
How is BCI Funded?
Seventy-seven percent of our income in FY '19 was comprised of earned revenue generated from providing contract packaging and light manufacturing services. In addition to this earned revenue, BCI also receives funding from three major sources to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities:
St. Charles County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board (DDRB) – In the execution of our social mission, which is to provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities, BCI incurs expenses that other contract packaging firms do not incur such as additional supervision and employment support. DDRB provides reimbursement funding for expenses such as these, as well as for community employment program and supported employment follow along services. This funding is provided through SB40 legislation.
Community Opportunities – Similar to the DDRB in St. Charles County, Community Opportunities is the SB40 funding board in Lincoln County. Reimbursement funding from Community Opportunities helps provide additional supervision and employment support at our Moscow Mills facility.
State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – BCI must be able to provide our contract packaging and light manufacturing services at a competitive rate. DESE provides a daily per diem for each client working at BCI. This per diem allows us to remain competitive, which helps us sustain our mission of providing purposeful work for adults with disabilities.
ABOUT ORGANIZATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
What is BCI's Organizational Employment Services (OES) program?
BCI’s Organizational Employment Services (OES) program employs adults living with disabilities at our facilities in St. Peters and Moscow Mills. OES team members are BCI employees who work for BCI at BCI.
How are OES employees paid?
BCI has a Special Minimum Wage Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor (Sec. 14c) that allows us to pay less than Federal minimum wage. BCI employees are paid a wage that is commensurate with their abilities. This commensurate wage is a percentage of the prevailing wage for manufacturing in our area. The percentage is based on the individual’s ability to perform in relation to the performance of a person without a disability.
What is Prevailing Wage?
Prevailing wage refers to the wage paid to an experienced employee performing a certain task at companies located in the vicinity of BCI. The prevailing wage is not an entry level or training wage, but the wage paid to an experienced employee after completion of any training or probationary periods. The prevailing wage may not be lower than the applicable statutory minimum wage as established by section 6(a)(1) of the Federal Labor Standards Act or, where applicable, a higher State minimum wage.
Who is eligible to work under the OES program?
Individuals employed in our facilities have been assessed by Vocational Rehabilitation and certified for employment at BCI. This certification is based on several criteria including the need for supportive employment and the nature and extent of the individual disability.
Who provides transportation to and from the BCI facility?
BCI does not provide transportation, but many of our OES employees qualify for and use transportation services. These services are provided through affiliated services for those who qualify. Cost for this service varies depending on the individual’s situation.
Who does BCI serve?
BCI is proud to serve adults ages 18 and over who have been assessed by Vocational Rehabilitation and are living with a disability and looking for employment.
What are the qualifications for Organizational Employment?
Under BCI’s OES program, individuals must meet the following minimum criteria:
At least 18 years of age and have a documented disability.
Eligible for certification through Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Capable of following safety measures required in a light industrial work environment.
Incident free of any aggressive behaviors for at least six months prior to hire.
Able and willing to voluntarily work.
Able to self-administer medications.
Demonstrate work skills at a minimum of 10% of Industrial Standards.
Independent in self-care needs.
Seizures under control with prescribed medication.
Reside in either St. Charles or Lincoln Counties.
What is the ABC Group?
The ABC Group is comprised of parents, guardians and friends of BCI employees. The group began in the early 1970s and is dedicated to supporting BCI through volunteer and community efforts including fundraising. The group meets bi-monthly at St. Peters for sharing and planning. There are no membership dues, and everyone is welcome to attend.
The ABC Group supports volunteer efforts such as serving special meals and helping with events. The ABC Group also sponsors the annual May Day dance, which offers the employees the chance to take the afternoon off to play carnival games, win prizes, eat popcorn, and dance. Throughout the year, the ABC Group also runs fundraisers to raise money to host events or provide items for BCI employees. If you have questions regarding the ABC Group, please call 636-875-5224.
How can I get more information on Organizational Employment?
Call us at 636-875-5219.
What is BCI’s Community Employment Services (CES) program?
BCI’s Community Employment Services (CES) program works closely with community businesses in St. Charles and Lincoln Counties to find employment opportunities for adults living with disabilities. An individual working under the CES program is a BCI employee who works with support for a partner company at the partner company’s place of business.
What makes Community Employment different than Organizational Employment?
Instead of businesses sending work to BCI, we send employees into the business community who have the skills necessary to excel in an integrated, competitive work environment.
How much are CES employees paid?
Employees working in our Community Employment program will make Missouri State minimum wage or higher depending on the position criteria.
What are the work hours for CES?
The work hours depend on the job requirements that are set by each business.
Can I work part-time?
It depends upon whether the current set of community business partners offers any part-time opportunities.
Who is eligible for CES?
Employment opportunities are available for adults with disabilities that limit employment options. Our community employees are over age 18 and are residents of St. Charles or Lincoln Counties. Eligible persons must be able to work independently with minimal prompts and supports and meet a minimum performance level established by the specific business need. Each community employee must be aggression free and must be able to self medicate (if applicable).
What transportation options will be available?
Community employees are expected to secure their own transportation to the business. More information about transportation and funding options is available through the service coordination team at the St. Louis/St. Charles Regional Center or through DDRB’s Case Management Team. BCI will discuss your options and resources with you through your existing support network.
Do I have to be a client of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to participate in the CES program?
You do not need VR certification to be eligible for employment in the community. However, we encourage all community-based employees to become VR clients so that each individual has a complete range of options and support for working in the community.
Will I have a job coach at the employment site?
A BCI-employed job coach will be available when employees are working in a business. The job coach will assist you consistently throughout your career with BCI.
Is Community Employment with BCI considered sheltered employment?
BCI’s Community Employment Services program was designed to be a bridge between employment in a sheltered environment and employment in a traditional, integrated, and competitive environment. We know that some individuals living with disabilities, given the necessary support, can be very successful in an integrated environment.
Why should a company consider subcontracting with BCI?
Subcontracting with BCI can offer several advantages. First, BCI remains the employer and therefore covers the workers' compensation and liability insurance for the employees. Second, BCI provides a trained job supervisor or job coach, if needed. And finally, our teams are very committed and perform with excellence to support the business mission of that company.
What type of work can CES employees perform?
BCI Community Employment employees can perform a variety of work including computer data entry, commercial janitorial services, production work, packaging and assembly, retail stocking and support, forklift, mail or report sorting/filing. BCI can develop a team with the skills required to meet the customer’s needs.
Will BCI train the CES employees for a specific job?
A BCI Community Employment manager meets with every community business partner to gain a thorough understanding of the scope and skill required for the job. The manager then provides the necessary training to the employees to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
What is the cost associated for a business to partner with BCI for employees?
The actual cost varies according to job requirements, skill level, complexity, time, etc.
Can the community business be assured of a full crew?
As with any business, BCI anticipates that illnesses and unexpected emergencies will occasionally prevent an employee from coming to work. In this situation, BCI will communicate with the business and define what the next steps will be–whether a replacement can be provided or additional time can be spent by the remaining crew to make up the work.
How can my company obtain more information?
Call us at 636-875-5264.