The Summit Center

Proven methods. Positive results. Better lives.

GETZVILLE, NY   |  https://www.thesummitcenter.org/

Mission

Guided by evidence-based practice, we maximize life success for people facing developmental, social and behavioral challenges.

Ruling year info

1978

CEO

Dr. Stephen Anderson

Main address

150 STAHL RD

GETZVILLE, NY 14068 USA

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EIN

16-1095750

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Summit Center's goal is to help children and adults with developmental and behavioral challenges live the most independent, fulfilling lives possible. We accomplish this through a range of programs that support children and adults, and their families too. The methodology used in our programs is based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis, an evidenced-based therapy that builds positive communication, social, and learning skills.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Autism Program

The Early Autism Program offers intensive behavioral intervention for children under five with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

Summit Academy is one of the leading schools for autism in WNY providing ABA therapy. Students are ages 3 – 21 years old with special needs resulting from autism, communication delays and disorders, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, multiple handicaps, and other neurological conditions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

S.T.E.P.S. (Success Through Engagement and Positive Supports) is a community-based day habilitation program for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Through a variety of experiences, participants have the opportunity to make new friends and learn about interests and activities that are important to them. Enhanced staffing ratios help ensure that participants have the support they need to be successful.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Summit Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our school, Summit Academy, has the capacity to serve 350 students through the preschool program, primary school, and secondary school.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Summit Center has closed out a three-year strategic plan that provided a roadmap through 2021. Our primary goals were to:

1. Deliver innovative and highly-valued services that create exceptional outcomes for the people we serve.
2. Achieve organizational growth to serve the increasing number and changing complexity of individuals with developmental and behavioral concerns.
3. Continuously advance toward a culture of high engagement, contribution, accountability, and strategic leadership.
4. Strengthen our financial resilience and sustainability.

To deliver valuable services that produce great results for the people we serve, we are continuously identifying areas for growth and outcomes that matter most to our stakeholders. In addition, we are expanding our capability to provide technology-enabled services.

To assist the increasing number and changing complexity of children and adults with developmental and behavioral concerns, we are fostering teamwork among departments and identifying and responding to opportunities for partnerships. Individuals with autism are underserved in our community so we are expanding services in 2022. The Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment will include treatment and observation rooms as well as classrooms to accommodate students with severe behaviors. Currently, children with challenging behaviors are often hospitalized or sent for treatment out of state.

To move towards an internal culture of high engagement and strategic leadership, we are actively increasing employee engagement, strengthening leadership and management skills for rising leaders, and engaging our workforce in fulfilling our value proposition.

To increase our financial resilience, we have established key financial metrics and are optimizing current operations to keep programs competitive and financially viable. We are also working to raise unrestricted income needed for growth and expansion.

The Summit Center has a history of successful strategic planning that has led to expanded programs and services for individuals with autism in the Western New York community. A highly motivated executive leadership team, operating board, and foundation board are intimately involved in the strategic planning process. They establish key performance indicators to ensure the organization's goals are met.

Over the past three years, The Summit Center has attained several milestones in fulfilling its 2018 - 2021 strategic plan. One of the most notable accomplishments has been to achieve a $4.1 million capital campaign goal, resulting in enhanced opportunities for children and families.

Summit is in the midst of construction on the Center for Autism Assessment and Treatment which will be completed by the end of 2022. The new facility will combine the best elements of a special education school with the expertise of an intensive treatment program for children with very challenging behaviors. It will alleviate the emotional and financial stress that families face when having to place their child in long-term inpatient care or send their child out of state for treatment. Instead, children will have access to individualized behavior therapy and highly-structured educational programming right in Western New York.

A new strategic planning process is underway to establish a vision for the next three years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Summit Center

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Brand

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.