For over 30 years the Midwest Special Needs Trust Charitable Trust program has been helping people across our state who are disabled and living below the federal poverty level.

Third Party Inactive Trusts Third Party Inactive Trusts

As you create your plan for distributing your assets and property to your beneficiaries, MSNT can assist you with special needs planning with a Third-Party Trust. A Third-Party Trust can be created as an active or inactive trust.


Read answers prepared by our Special Needs Trust Specialists to common questions about the purpose of, establishing, and using a Special Needs Trust.


As you know, it has been many years since Midwest Special Needs Trust has increased fees. The Board of Trustees determined it was necessary to adjust fees to continue to provide the level of service that our Life Beneficiaries deserve. While some fees increased or changed, the Board carefully considered the impact of all options and was able to eliminate the transaction fee all together. There is no longer a transaction fee for each disbursement made from a sub-account. Click here for details on which fees are changing.

"Midwest Special Needs Trust administers trusts that protect public benefits for people with disabilities. The organization is governed by a professional, values-driven Board of Trustees that includes family members of people with disabilities and individuals with business expertise. The Board's commitment includes providing affordable trust services to individuals and families of modest means."
A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation recognized as a pooled trust as defined in 42 USC 1396p(d)(4)(C)

MSNT Staff

The staff at Midwest Special Needs Trust strives each day to serve our beneficiaries with care and compassion. Our backgrounds may be varied but our purpose is a common one. Would you like to know more about our staff? Read here!

About MSNT

Missouri Family Trust was established as a result of advocacy by parents and professionals who realized that many obstacles hinder planning for the financial future of individuals with disabilities. The organization was created by statute (RSMo 402.199 – 402.208) in 1989 for the primary purpose of administering special needs trusts for persons with disabilities to protect important public benefits such as Medicaid and SSI.  As authorized and specified by statute, the Missouri Family Trust was incorporated as a non-profit and received IRS 501(c)(3) charitable designation.



Young lady next to MSNT exhibit booth

Special Olympics of Missouri Health Fair 2022

MSNT exhibits at the SOMO Health Fair held at the new Missouri Special Olympics Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City, MO on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Power Up Assistive Technology Conference 2022

David Baker, Director of Missouri Assistive Technology and MSNT’s Gabe Wilkerson at the 2022 Power Up Assistive Technology Conference in Blue Springs, MO. The Power Up conference brought together a diverse group of educators, care providers, and health care professionals committed to increasing access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of […]

Two professionals at an exhibit booth.

Missouri Coalition for Oral Health

MSNT Charitable Trust Specialist Heather Cooper and Associate Director Bianca Farr at the 2022 Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Policy Conference sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.  The conference featured national speakers as well as local leaders who have devoted their careers to improving access to oral health in underserved populations. 

Two professionals in front of an exhibit booth.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

MSNT’s Casie Stephens, Director of Trust Services, with Dr. Stana Martin at MoNAELA, the Kansas City, Missouri meeting of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Dr. Martin assists the elderly and individuals with disabilities with long term care and insurance options.  NAELA is a community of attorneys who specialize in handling legal issues affecting […]

Three professionals standing in front of an exhibit booth for Midwest Special Needs Trust.

Brain Injury Association of MO 2021 Statewide Conference

MSNT’s Gabe Wilkerson with Dr. Kelli Barton, Director of Health and Aging, and Senior Research Assistant Emma Swinford, both from UMKC Institute for Human Development.   Dr. Barton spoke about key findings from the 2020 Missouri Traumatic Brain Injury Targeted Needs Assessment.

Association of Trust Organizations Annual Meeting

MSNT Executive Director Kathy Birkes and Associate Director Bianca Farr at the 2021 Annual Meeting Association of Trust Organizations with Bill Rankin of WERankin Interests and ATO President Stuart Allen of the Allen Trust Company. September 21, 2021

42nd Annual MOKAN Trust and Financial Services Conference

MSNT Trust Specialist II Randy Williamson and Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech at the 42nd Annual MOKAN Trust and Financial Services Conference. The conference was held August 18, 19 and 20th in Kansas City, MO.  Dr. Kohl spoke on the Economic Mega Trends of the 2020’s.

Happy Retirement Mary Lou Hughes

Please join us in extending best wishes to Mary Lou Hughes, who is retiring from Midwest Special Needs Trust on July 31. Mary Lou has been an esteemed member of our organization for 9 years, and she will be greatly missed.  We have all benefited from her relationship building, commitment and courteous demeanor.  A private […]

Brooke Trammell joins Midwest Special Needs Trust

Brooke Trammell has joined Midwest Special Needs Trust as a Trust Specialist I! Brooke joined the Midwest Special Needs Trust team in April 2021 as Trust Specialist I. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Missouri State University in May of 2020. Throughout college and upon graduation Brooke worked in social media account […]

MSNT Earns Gold Status on GuideStar

Our Charitable grant program earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency!  Annually 10 million donors look to GuideStar by Candid to review the mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs and leadership structure of nonprofit agencies. This compilation of information helps donors make informed decisions about which non-profit agencies they want to support.  GuideStar provides basic […]