Ellipsis

Connecting kids, families, and futures

aka Ellipsis, Inc.   |   Johnston, IA   |  ellipsisiowa.org

Mission

Ellipsis provides the care, encouragement and skills development needed for a lifetime of success, to break down barriers, rewrite stories and empower families to thrive together.

Notes from the nonprofit

Merger On August 1, 2021, after months of exploratory and due diligence work, Youth Homes of Mid-America (YHMA) and Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS), youth-serving nonprofits with more than 125 years of combined service, merged to become Ellipsis. Our vision is to be a “no wrong door” provider – an agency that welcomes and works with people through whatever door they enter – reducing barriers to the services that keep families thriving together. Post-merger integration work, including blending the organizations operationally and culturally, is expected to be complete in August of 2022. Those efforts include an organization-wide diversity assessment and development plan, employee engagement and retention activities, a facilities assessment, record migration, data collection and alignment and more. As these activities are completed, we anticipate updating our Guidestar profile with additional details.

Ruling year info

1952

CEO

Ms. Chris Koepplin

Main address

PO Box 39

Johnston, IA 50131 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth Homes of Mid-America

EIN

42-0680439

NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is to create a future-facing continuum of care. Ellipsis is Iowa’s “no wrong door” care provider for kids and families. We’re an agency that welcomes and works with people however they come or are referred to us, reducing barriers to programming and services that keep families connected and thriving. On any given day, we serve more than 750 kids and their families with residential care and treatment, counseling and therapy, behavioral health intervention services, care coordination and family support. In doing so, we’re helping kids and families overcome turbulent pasts to build successful, rewarding futures.

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?

Crisis Care

When a situation calls for direct intervention to ensure a child’s needs are being met, Ellipsis can help by providing placement in a secure, enriching setting.

Ellipsis is home to the most holistic and comprehensive youth shelter in Iowa, which serves kids of every age and ability with supportive services that help youth overcome the past, rebuild hope and prepare for life ahead.

Children may arrive at our shelter for a variety of reasons, including parents’ inability to provide care, allegations of abuse, homelessness or other concerns. Our Crisis Care program ensures that kids receive basic needs as well as the counseling services, educational support, medical care and resources they need to heal from trauma and discover the childhood they deserve.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Homeless people
Low-income people
At-risk youth

When circumstances dictate a child can no longer stay in their own home, the Residential Care programs at Ellipsis provide opportunities for healing and growth within an appropriate and enriching environment.

Each provides a focused, sustained and committed effort to meeting needs as determined by each youth’s individual care plan, with the goal of establishing the skills and mindsets needed to return to their homes, or to transition to supervised living situations.

Group Foster Care/QRTP offers 24-hour care and services to youth whose behavioral and/or emotional problems have necessitated removal from the home environment. QRTP provides living experiences that are conducive to growth and development, including role modeling and social and life skills development.

Neurodevelopmental and Comorbid Conditions is designed for youth who have struggled in prior settings due to a combination of lower cognitive function, developmental delays, and serious behavioral and emotional concerns.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Offenders
Adolescents
People with psychosocial disabilities

Young adults working toward self-sufficiency and who are unable to return to a home setting can participate in Ellipsis’ Transitional and Independent Living programs.
Providing various degrees of autonomy along with an ongoing support network from Ellipsis staff, these programs provide less structure than Residential Care and are reserved for those who have demonstrated an ability and desire to rejoin their local community.

Individuals aged 16–18 years have access to two independent living settings through Supervised Apartment Living (SAL). Following group care or SAL, participants may be asked to join our Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program. Youth, in addition to building successful strategies for successful everyday living, can continue to receive basic/daily living services, life skills training, therapy, psychiatric/psychological care, educational/recreational services, health care, religious/cultural services and other specialized services.

Population(s) Served
Out-of-home youth
Young adults
Adolescents
People with psychosocial disabilities

Preventing the removal of a child from a caring home is paramount to our charge of empowering individuals and families to lead healthy, successful lives. The goal of our prevention and diversion programs is to help kids and families overcome a serious emotional difficulty, and to do so in-home through whole-family therapy and community support services.
Crisis diversion interventions focus on children’s safety, permanency and well-being. Services address immediate problems or de-escalate situations with the intent to keep families together and avoid a child’s removal from the family home.
Therapy Services include assessments and behavioral health therapy services for youth/families dealing with a mental health diagnosis. Treatment assists individuals with addressing emotions, behaviors and functioning issues in their daily lives.
Student/Employee Assistance Program (Johnston Schools) assists students, employees and families to manage issues so they can be healthy and successful.

Population(s) Served

When kids and families face a seemingly insurmountable behavioral health problem, Ellipsis provides specialized care, counseling and therapeutic support that seeks to understand the root of the concern, address it and establish healthy responses for preventing reoccurrence after treatment is offered.

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) provides skill development services to youth and their families dealing with a mental health diagnosis. Support areas include conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, interpersonal relationships, communication, cognitive flexibility, emotional vocabulary and emotional regulation.

Integrated Health Home (IHH) serves Medicaid-eligible youth with a mental health diagnosis. IHH brings together mental, physical and social health services in a three-person team that includes a nurse, a care coordinator and a family peer support specialist who provide flexible support focused on individual and family strengths, needs and comfort level.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), 2019-2022 2019

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ellipsis

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Travis Sheets

BH Companies

Doug Pearson

Community Volunteer

Brad Winterbottom

West Bank

Shane Zimmerman

Two Rivers Bank

Laura Allen

Nationwide

Don Blumenthal

Community Volunteer

Tim Crawford

Sammons Financial Group

Travis Etchison

Banker's Trust

Joanne Lasrado

Kemin Human Nutrition and Health

Paul Kruse

PMA Financial

Mick Lovell

Community Volunteer

Mark Lyons

Assured Partners

Mark Merfeld

Housby

Rich Schappert

F&G

Paul Schlueter

Flynn Wright

Jill Smith

Robert Half

Jane Sturtz

Moms Meals

Dereck Trebilcock

Wesley Life

Amy Williams

Amy Williams, LLC

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2021,

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.