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 Competitive Employment programs, as well as our newest venture, the BCI Skills Center.
What is BCI Packaging?
The Organizational Program operates as BCI Packaging, a for-purpose contact packaging business that serves the co-packing and light manufacturing needs of companies across the country and world.
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?
In fiscal year 2020, BCI earned 82.2% of its own revenue by 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 competitive 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
What is Organizational Employment?
BCI’s Organizational Employment Services (OES) program employs adults living with disabilities at our facilities in St. Peters and Moscow Mills.
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 this 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?
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.
ABOUT COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT
What is Competitive Employment?
The goal of Competitive Employment is to work alongside non-disabled individuals while earning the same opportunities, benefits, and pay. Competitive Employment is a large and vital part of the continuum of services we provide. If you want entry- or mid-level work but have a disability that prevents you from finding or keeping a job, this program may help you.
What are typical wages?
Employees who are successful in securing competitive employment will earn Missouri State minimum wage or higher depending on the position criteria. In many cases, jobs are entry- or mid-level positions with opportunities to advance.
What are the hours?
The work hours depend on the job requirements that are set by each business. Most positions are full-time.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, you must be over age 18 and a resident of St. Charles or Lincoln County. You must be able to work independently with minimal prompts and supports and meet a minimum performance level. You must also be aggression free and able to self-medicate, if applicable.
What transportation options will be available?
People served under our Competitive Employment Program are expected to secure their own transportation. 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. We will discuss options and resources with you through your existing support network.
Do I have to be a client of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to participate?
You do not need VR certification to be eligible for our Competitive Employment Program. However, we encourage all community-based employees to become VR clients so they have a complete range of options and support for working in the community.
What happens after I'm hired?
Should you require periodic support after you've been hired, BCI also offers Follow-Along Services. This extra support may be all you need to successfully navigate workplace changes or new responsibilities throughout your career.
Is Competitive Employment considered "sheltered employment"?
No. BCI’s Community Employment Services program is a path to integrated, competitive employment where they will work alongside non-disabled individuals and earn the same opportunities, benefits, and pay.