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Community Living Opportunities, Inc. dba CLO Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/02/2013: Community Living Opportunities, Inc. dba CLO

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Lenexa, KS
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Community Living Opportunities, Inc. dba CLO Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/02/2013: Community Living Opportunities, Inc. dba CLO

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: COMMUNITY LIVING OPPORTUNITIES INC

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Also Known As: CLO
Physical Address: Lenexa, KS 66285 
EIN: 48-0896520
Web URL: www.clokan.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
W Public, Society Benefit
V Social Science Research Institutes
V23 Behavioral Science
Ruling Year: 1980 


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Click the "Other Documents" tab to learn more about CLO's Midnight Farm and discover how you can support this exciting new program. CLO's mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of adults and children with developmental disabilities. CLO is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve personally satisfying and fulfilling lifestyles in the community. CLO is nationally recognized for its innovative models of community support for adults and children with significant developmental disabilities, including its Family Teaching Model program, HomeLink Technologies, Children's Network, and most recently, CLO's Midnight Farm. CLO is committed to helping the individuals we serve achieve the following outcomes: (1) Pleasant and Safe Surroundings; (2) Observance of Legal and Personal Rights; (3) Positive Relationships with Others; (4) Living Healthy Lifestyles; (5) Opportunities for Choice and Control; (6) Effective Learning Opportunities; (7) High Level of Participation in Daily Experiences; (8) Community Involvement; (9) Effective Communication; (10) Pleasant Social Environment; and (11) Satisfied Consumers.

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Dr. Michael C. Strouse

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Since Jan 1984

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Dr. Strouse has more than 35 years of experience in the field of developmental disability services, with 28 of those years as the CEO of a private service organization providing innovative community-based services. B.S. - Southwest Missouri State University, 1979, cum laude M.A. - University of Kansas (Human Development and Family Life), 1985, 4.0 grade average Ph.D. - University of Kansas (Human Development and Family Life), 1995, 4.0 grade average. As the CEO of CLO, Dr. Strouse has enabled the agency to grow from being a very small company serving only 22 individuals with a budget of approximately $300,000 to a very large company serving more than 400 individuals with a budget of more than $20 million. With Dr. Strouse's leadership, CLO has become a national leader in providing progressive, high-quality services for persons with severe disabilities. Dr. Strouse is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kansas and has provided consultation in 12 different states on topics such as institutional reform and closure, cost-of-care and reimbursement strategies, and development and implementation of "best-practice" community-based developmental disability services.

Leadership Statement:

CLO has worked with its University of Kansas faculty/graduate partners to develop, research, and refine its service models, training, and support systems with hopes of making a meaningful difference in the quality of life for adults and children having significant disabilities living in the community. After a quarter of a century of research, practice, and listening to feedback from important consumers, CLO and our KU partners have pioneered many improvements in the quality of community life for persons with significant medical, behavioral, adaptive and cognitive challenges. This said, there is much more to do and much more to learn. CLO will continue to explore and develop new and better ways to provide support services of the highest quality. And we will continue ask simple, straightforward, and important outcome-oriented questions and constructively use feedback to guide our efforts.

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Program: Adult Services (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$14,648,369
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Program Description:

CLO's Residential Services offer the least restrictive living environment for the individuals we serve. CLO offers four levels of residential services for adults: * Family Teaching Home * Extended Family Teaching Home * Supervised Apartment* ICF/MR Home (provides higher level medical support) Case Managers serve as the facilitator to ensure that each person obtain and benefit from needed services.Day Services focus on teaching adults with disabilities ways to fully live, work and participate in their community. Health and Wellness services meet the significant health needs of individuals served through its Wellness Clinics, located at the Johnson & Douglas county sites. Behavioral Services consist of professional Behavior Analysts (BA) whose mission is to ensure that behavioral problems are addressed respectfully and effectively, and that optimal learning conditions exist for all people served by CLO.

Program Long-Term Success:

Persons with developmental disabilities within CLO's family-teaching model services are served for the long-term, possibly from early adulthood until death or until their medical needs require placement in a skilled nursing facility. Changes in skills and behaviors typically occur slowly and in small increments. However, positive outcomes do occur, with acquisition of adaptive living skills, reduction of maladaptive behaviors, increases in functional communication skills, and increased participation in the community. Health status and stability of medication therapy is another long-term measure that is evaluated. CLO also seeks to achieve the satisfaction of the families and guardians who advocate for the persons served by CLO and conducts annual satisfaction surveys to measure this outcome. Ultimately, the persons served in CLO's family-teaching model will be successful in participating in all aspects of normal life in the community - at home, at work and at play.

Program Short-Term Success:

When a new individual enters CLO's family-teaching model community living services, the expectations for short-term success relate to the individual's ability to acclimate to their new home environment and begin showing evidence of positive relationship development with the family-teaching couple and other support staff. Successful participation in daily activities in the home and in the community, communication of needs and preferences, and reduction of maladaptive behavior are some of the indicators of short-term success that are watched closely, as is the individual's health status, mobility, range of motion, and medication regimen. Much of these progress indicators are measured within formal programs established through an annual Quality of Life Plan as well as functional assessments also conducted annually. And, as stated above, once an individual is served within CLO, annual surveys measuring customer satisfaction are conducted with the families/guardians of the individual.

Program Success Monitored by:

CLO conducts annual "certification" evaluations of each family-teaching couple and their home, looking at eleven different indicators of positive outcomes for the persons served in the home, such as the development of positive relationships, their health status and living healthy lifestyles, the safety and supervision for the individuals, the teaching and learning occurring, the participation in daily living activities as well as in the community, the development of communication skills, etc. The family-teaching couple must achieve and maintain this professional certification status in order to maintain their employment and to receive their annual raise. This evaluation involves record review and several hours of observation, both in the home and in the community by a trained evaluator. It also includes the requirement of having "satisfied consumers" as evaluated by a satisfaction survey completed by the families/guardians of the persons served and other relevant customers.

Program Success Examples:

203 adults were served in residential services in 2009, which is an increase of 4%. This was made possible by the creation of 10 new family teaching and 2 new extended family teaching homes. Additionally, the average satisfaction rating from the families/guardians of persons served residentially was 5.3, with "5" being "satisfied" and "6" being "completely satisfied".

Program: Children's Network (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$996,287
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Program Description:

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is designed to address the needs of families in the community who are struggling with their children's challenging behaviors. Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) provides early, one-on-one support that has proven to be extremely effective in helping children with autism communicate, socialize and be successful in their school, home and social lives. Targeted case management ensures that the individuals we serve are taking full advantage of the full spectrum of services offered to individuals with special needs. Our professional, well qualified and dedicated targeted case managers are dedicated to achieving high quality outcomes for the children they serve. Johnson County Montessori Preschool serves 60 typically- developing children from age two to five. In addition, the school provides an opportunity for special-need children to integrate into the classroom, participating and developing natural friendships with their typically developing peers.

Program Long-Term Success:

Children served by Children's Network over the long-term (more than 3 years of service) will achieve skills necessary to function more successfully within home, school, and in the community with a lessening requirement for long-term paid supports. Additionally, parents and school professionals working with the children served by Children's Network will be satisfied with the outcomes of the program.

Program Short-Term Success:

Children recently served by Children's Network (less than 3 years of service) will receive needed supports and services such that their current functioning improves at home, school, and in the community. Additionally, parents and school professionals working with these children will be satisfied with the services provided by this program.

Program Success Monitored by:

Children serviced by Children's Network are evaluated with specific assessment tools at the beginning of services and periodically during the course of receiving services. These assessments provide an ongoing measurement of individual progress that can be reviewed to assess the level of success being achieved by program service provisions. Additionally, consumer satisfaction assessments are conducted at least annually such that parents and school professionals can communicate their level of satisfaction with Children Network services.

Program Success Examples:

CLO has countless examples of success for its children services. Children with and ASD can achieve significant progress if they receive best practice behavioral intervention early. CLO's Children's network clinicians are multiply credentialed with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Positive Behavior Support. Many CLO clinicians are Board Certified Behavior Analysts and also certified in the State of Kansas to provide Positive Behavior Support to children, families, and school settings. Recently, CLO's Director of is Children's Network Clinical Services was appointed by Kansas Governor Parkinson to serve on his advisory counsel for autism. Perhaps the most powerful examples of success can be seen first-hand by examining the skills of children (pre and post) receiving early intensive behavioral intervention from CLO Children's Network. Some examples can be seen by viewing the CLO Children's Network video available on CLO's website at clokansas.org.

Program: Midnight Farm (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Midnight Farm is situated on 40 acres of beautiful country-side and provides many rural living, work, therapeutic and recreation activities for children and adults with special needs. Therapeutic Horseback Riding Classes are provided by PATH International (formerly NARHA)-certified instructors. Day Services are provided to adults with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on farm life. Special Needs Day Camps & Field Trips are hosted for children and adults with special needs, providing fun and learning in a country farm setting. While the kids are in camp, their parents can also attend training sessions provided on-site by CLO's highly qualified clinical support team. The Green Thumb Horticulture Project includes a greenhouse and specialty gardens (including hanging gardens for individuals in wheelchairs) where the children and adults we serve grow their love for gardening and the outdoors.

Program Long-Term Success:

Midnight Farm will provide country-based living, working, and recreation services, including therapeutic horseback riding for at least 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities by end of 2015.At least 90% of persons served in Midnight Farm's therapeutic riding program for more than three years will achieve an increase in their physical, riding and social skills by the end of 2015.At least 50 individuals with developmental disabilities will obtain employment at Midnight Farm by end of 2015.At least 90% of the families/guardians of persons served by Midnight Farm will rate their level of satisfaction as "satisfied" or "completely satisfied" across 2010 to 2015.On-site program quality evaluation scores will average a rating of 4 or higher on a 5 point scale across the years of 2010 to 2015.

Program Short-Term Success:

Midnight Farm will provide country-based living, working, and recreation services, including therapeutic horseback riding for at least 100 children and adults with developmental disabilities by end of 2010.At least 70% of persons served within Midnight Farm's therapeutic riding program for at least 6 months will achieve an increase in physical, riding and social skills by end of 2010.At least 10 individuals with developmental disabilities will obtain employment at Midnight Farm by end of 2010.At least 90% of families/guardians of persons served by Midnight Farm in 2010 will rate their level of satisfaction as "satisfied" or "completely satisfied".On-site program quality scores will average a rating of 4 or higher on a 5 point scale across 2010.

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of persons served shall be tracked with daily participation census records.Individualized program assessments track progress of riders in the areas of physical, riding and social skills.Employment is tracked through census and payroll records.Satisfaction surveys are sent to families/guardians of persons served on an annual basis.On-site quality evaluation is measured with an at-a-glance observation tool that is scored and the data summarized within an on-line performance tracking dashboard system.

Program Success Examples:

Midnight Farm opened its doors in late July, 2009. Therefore, the program has just celebrated its 1-year anniversary. Since opening, a total of 74 individuals have been served in the therapeutic riding program and nearly 200 adults have been served in country-style day service classes and special events. Four day camps for children with autism have been held with over 40 campers and six field trips were hosted for over 100 special education students and boy scouts. Over 100 volunteers provided ongoing and special project support to Midnight Farm, providing over 5,000 hours of support! But perhaps more telling is this quote from one parent of a therapeutic riding student: "M son becomes a different boy once he climbs onto that horse. I watch hin and the effects of autism fade away. His hand-flapping and other stemming fade away as well." And one volunteer said, "Assisting people of all ages to fulfill their dreams to experience the freedom of horseback riding is incredible."

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Budget:
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Program Description:

CLO's remote monitoring and support program is a major breakthrough in support technology that has been created to bring "on demand" support directly into the homes of individuals with disabilities to maximize independence. With HomeLink Support Technologies, CLO has the ability to: * Know when people need support during the day or at night and provide that support on demand; * Remotely supervise up-at-night staff; * Remotely bring a certified behavior analyst into a home to provide support or to evaluate a behavioral concerns in its natural setting; * Providing earbud, real-time coaching for a child with significant needs; * Provide a way for a nurse or a doctor to rapidly make multiple house calls to consult with home staff * Know exactly when (to the minute) a person might be incontinent, or has fallen out of bed, or has a seizure; and * Have someone immediately available to help assist a staff person who is dealing with an emergency, call 911.

Program Long-Term Success:

HomeLink Technologies is designed to provide "on-demand", scheduled, or continuous in-home monitoring and support for multiple populations. Presently, HomeLink Technologies supports approximately 50 homes in Kansas, with plans to expand its services to multiple programs by 2015. Additionally, CLO intends to expand the uses of this technology to support natural families in the home and foster care to receive remote behavioral/health support in the natural home. CLO intends to conduct research on the impact of remote monitoring technology in partnership with faculty at the University of Kansas and is in the process of gathering baseline data on a number of variables that include information on sleep cycles, up-at-night staff behavior, response times for need for deployed support, and for the reliability of HomeLink Technology. Further data are being gathered to support decision strategies for levels of support that protect privacy.

Program Short-Term Success:

In 2010, HomeLink Technology support will be expanded to 25% more homes. (65 homes). Additionally, CLO will have manuals of standard installation and sensor-based strategies detailed for various behavioral support applications to ensure that critical behaviors are remotely monitored and supported. Sensor alarms will feed automatically into a database that will issue reports of the number, duration, and type of sensor alarms per day/night, as well as the time required for such alarms to be responded to by HomeLink Remote support staff. Marketing material of various applications, sensor strategies (smart home strategies), and service costs to support a service roll-out of this technology. Further, in 2010 CLO will establish a sensor laboratory to pilot new sensor technology such as remote seizure detection, elopement, out-of-bed sensors, and to pilot novel uses of sensors for issue specific monitoring. Finally, in 2010 CLO will establish a virtual village, which is a structured apartment program designed for semi-independent living. This program will connect, by technology, multiple apartments in an apartment complex (or court-style town houses) and provide on-demand support and as needed services that are largely directed by residents with developmental disabilities living in these two-bedroom homes. Support staff, called family teachers will live in this community too and provide support dispatched by HomeLink staff who will monitor alarms and requests for assistance 24/7.

Program Success Monitored by:

Program success will partly be monitored by ongoing research that is being conducted in conjunction with faculty from the University of Kansas to evaluate the effectiveness of HomeLink Technologies for providing on-demand support remotely. Additionally, home family teachers, clinical professionals, and family and guardians participate in annual 360 degree feedback evaluations to evaluate the satisfaction of HomeLink at providing remote monitoring and support. It is the expectation, as with all of CLO's programs and services, that all homes/programs average satisfaction scores are "5" or better on a "6" point scale (average satisfied to completely satisfied). Our expectations for 2010 are that 90% of all homes fall into this range for HomeLink support.

Program Success Examples:

HomeLink Technologies has been effectively used to prevent care concerns caused by staff who fall asleep and do not check on persons served as required. Additionally, this technology will help prevent the possibility of neglect or abuse of unmonitored up-at-night support staff. With HomeLink privacy and support can be balanced and provided on-demand. Because video data is archived, HomeLink information is available 24-7 and archived for 20 to 30 days so that retrospective reviews can be conducted during time when no live monitoring is occurring (essentially video data are Tevo'ed and available for later review). This allows for behavior analysts to fast forward to instances of behavioral concern to examine each incidence of a behavioral problem. This, of course, allows clinicians to build prevention plans using eyes-on reviews of actual behavioral concerns (instead of reports by staff which are misleading and missing key information). As an ending example of the usefulness of HomeLink, this technology caught an intruder on video. This intruder had broken into many college students residences. He broke into a HomeLink home and was noticed by central site staff immediately. The staff communicated to him using the interactive speaker/microphone system that allowed two way conversations between HomeLink staff in the Lawrence Monitoring Facility and the home. The intruder immediately fled the home, but a video was downloaded and provided to the police to allow them to identify the intruder.

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Budget:
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Program Description:

CLO's innovative models, services, and technologies are a solution for many families in need of support that fall outside of CLO's primary service region. CLO has worked hard to make its innovations available to parents and parent groups who wish to develop services in another region or state. Because CLO provides services for persons and children with significant needs, it is often called upon to assist in the closure of state operated institutions that are being phased out in favor of best practice community-based services. CLO can offer project development, project management, back office, PEO, and other turnkey support services to support the incubation of new programs using its services, models, and technology. Service costs are highly leveraged by CLO and are often subsidized by state grant and private contributions.

Program Long-Term Success:

CLO's dissemination efforts have literally offered shifts in how services are delivered in other regions and states. Presently CLO is assisting with the closure of Agnews Development Center in Silicon Valley, CA. This institution is located on 80 acres between Cisco and Sony Corporations and is the oldest institution west of the Mississippi (135 years in operation). CLO is developing Family Teaching and Extended Family Teaching homes to serve as best practice community alternatives for people displaced by this closure. CLO's HomeLink Technology will be provided in these homes to further enhance the quality of life, safety and security possible in the community. CLO has been involved or has led five institutional closure projects in Kansas, Tennessee, and California and has developed over 30 million dollars of annual budgeted services provided by several sister corporations. The new not-for-profits help CLO make its models and services increasingly available to families in need. Additionally, funding from these projects help pay for unfunded or underfunded costs in CLO services in Kansas.

Program Short-Term Success:

The goal of our outreach efforts is to develop 501 (c) 3 corporations, recruit and train professional and direct service staff, and develop programs and services patterned after CLO's models and services. CLO then provides back office supports and mentoring until the program achieves full self-sufficiency. CLO offers long-term back office supports such as accounting, human resources, technology, and new services and innovation implementation support to allow small programs access to the amenities that are developed or available at CLO but at a cost that they could not provide themselves because they lack the size and research capacity. CLO is presently in its 5th year of support for California Community Opportunities, Inc. (CCO) and has recently help complete the closure of Agnews Development Center, a 135 year old institution that was slated for closure. CLO intends to provide ongoing support and back office support for this program for then next year and then will likely enter into a contract for maintenance and back office support to allow this new program to position itself for additional expansions in the next five years. Finally, CLO intends to position itself for supporting to recently announced closures and/or census reductions. Kansas Neurological Institute (Topeka, Kansas) recently was recommended to close by a special closure committee appointed by the governor. Parsons State Hospital (Parson's, Kansas) is slated for planned census reductions. These announcements will likely result in significant number of people leaving these institutions and relocating to new homes in the community. A large number of families will want CLO services which has positioned itself to expand in these two regions of Kansas. In these cases, CLO will not mentor other agencies but rather expand.

Program Success Monitored by:

All of CLO models and services have embedded best practice quality assurance and performance improvement components to monitor goals, key processes, progress, and achievements. CLO's QA and Performance Management strategies are described within each program and service offered (described elsewhere in our profile). CLO conducts quarterly site assessments of CCO (the mentored site) to measure the level of independence of CCO in supporting and providing CLO models and best practices. CCO also provides satisfaction ratings on the supports and training provided by CLO to teach them how to operate their program independently. CLO's goal is to foster independence in providing services and supports. Presently, CCO is 72% independent in performing key support for its program and is dependent on CLO for back office support. There is key turnover that prevents CCO from becoming independent and they are working to expand their programs and services so that they can afford on-site infrastructure to operate at 100% independence by 2011 (with the exception of CLO providing routine back office accounting, technology, and other supports that it intends to provide for the foreseeable future.

Program Success Examples:

Approximately 40 Californian's with significant disabilities who previously lived most of their lives confined within Agnews Developmental Center (in Silicon Valley) were relocated by early 2009 and are now living enriched, fulfilling community lives. From 2000 to 2004 CLO developed over 40 homes in Tennessee under two sister 501 (c) 3 programs serving people displaced from Clover Bottom and Arlington Institutions using CLO models and services. In 1998 CLO developed Creative Community Living of South-Central Kansas to allow the closure of Winfield State Hospital. CCL (with CLO's mentoring and back office support) provided best practice community services to 132 person in 14 months. CLO provided turnkey project management in the closure of Pioneer Village (private institution) in 1991, and led consulting efforts for the closure of Norton State Institution in 1988.
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CLO continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals in our community who are differently able. In 2011, some of CLO's most significant accomplishments include: 1. Volunteer involvement. CLO continues to benefit from strong volunteer support. In 2011, volunteers donated a record number of hours to our organization and the men and women we serve-- more than 4,500! These individuals helped with camps, day services, therapeutic riding, and many other activities. Thank you to all of our volunteers. We couldn't do it without you!2. In 2011, CLO served a record number of children and adults with special needs, providing residential, recreational, educational, and other opportunities to 529 individuals.3. In 2011, CLO raised over $800,000 in grants and contributions. These grants helped CLO expand research and development in our HomeLink program, furnish living quarters for 8 new residences, expand services at Midnight Farm, and undergo major property improvements. CLO is thrilled to build on this momentum. In 2012, some of CLO's strategic goals include:1. Expanding Midnight Farm to include a high tunnel growing operation, outdoor amphitheatre and other exciting projects.2. Further expand our Virtual Village and develop HomeLink Support Technologies, which is a high-tech remote monitoring technology that helps individuals live as independently as possible, while also providing on-demand support.3. CLO is planning further renovations to Mason House to expand services for children with special needs in Johnson County.
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