Exclusively serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
and other intellectual/developmental disabilities coupled with psychiatric
Lakemary provides psychiatric residential treatment for
some of society's highest needs children. we exclusively serve children
and adolescents, ages 6-21, with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
coupled with psychiatric illnesses. Services are coordinated 24/7 across
all settings providing the individualized supports that each child requires to
successfully return to a less restrictive, more independent environment.
Here, on Lakemary's beautiful 32-acre campus in Paola,
Kansas (just 30 minutes south of the Kansas City metro area), children and
adolescents find the therapeutic supports and specialized education they need
to maximize their opportunities for growth and development.
Lakemary provides a structured behavioral approach for
children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual/developmental
disabilities who also have extreme behavioral and serious psychiatric
disorders. Distance training for families is provided throughout each
child's stay to support a seamless transition when returning home. We
provide affordable, time-limited, individualized therapeutic treatment and
specialized education services, and contract with other states to accept both
in-state and out-of-state placements.
Providing 24/7 therapeutic treatment in our residential
environment and in our "on-campus" K-12 fully accredited special education school
provides the resources necessary for the children in our Psychiatric
Residential Treatment Program (PRTF) to achieve demonstrated positive
Children & adolescents ages 6-21 years old, male or female, who
needs have exceeded the resources of their home communities.
Children & adolescents who have been diagnosed with an
intellectual/developmental disability and a concurrent psychiatric
illness or severe behavior issues.
Referrals to Lakemary come from a number of sources
including families, home school districts, and mental health
professionals. Referrals are reviewed by Lakemary's clinical support team
to be sure that the child can be safely served within Level 5 Residential
It is expected that individuals will continue to be served
at Lakemary until such time that this leve of care is no longer needed and
alternative community supports are in place. Children can received
residential treatment at Lakemary through their 22nd birthday.
Sources of funding accepted from: Managed Care
Organizations, Medicaid, school districts, various state funding sources, or
private pay sources.
Prior to admission a Child History
Form may be completed. A full
packet can be viewed here but must be completed in
person with Lakemary's PRTF
ABOUT OUR STAFF
- On-site clinical psychiatrist/pediatrician
- Special education teachers
- Certified autism specialists
- Certified recreation therapist
- Direct support professionals: every employee who works in a Lakemary
residence must successfully completed 80 hours of classroom course work
together with 80 hours of shadowing via our mentoring program prior to
working independently with our children.
- All staff must complete ongoing annual training/education to maintain
competency in their respective fields.
LAKEMARY LICENSING & ACCREDITATIONS
Lakemary is accredited by CARF International -
Commission for Rehabilitation Facilities.
Lakemary is licensed by the State of Kansas as an 85-bed
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF).
Lakemary School is accredited by the Kansas Department of Education
as a K-12 school.
Individual Education Plans (IEP's) are developed and administered
in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
All teaching staff are licensed by the Kansas Department of
Lakemary clnical staff are licensed through the State of Kansas.
Lakemary works with each state on an individual basis to meet all
requirements for out-of-state placements.
INDIVIDUAL & GROUP THERAPY FOCUS
A variety of individual and group therpay options are
available in school and in the residential environment for the children and
adolescents in Lakemary's PRTF program:
Adaptive Physical Education
On-campus & Off-campus Recreation
Family therapy/distance traning
Individuals therapy is planned according to each
child's unique needs and specifically focused to address their diagnosis.
Multiple individual and group therapy sessions with Clinical Therapists support
individual treatment plans.
Behavior, both positive and negative, is always considered
purposeful at Lakemary. All staff are considered an integral part of the
treatment team. All professionals working with children communicate with
each other, the child, and with the child's family to develop an individualized
Behavior Support Plan for each child. Staff are trained in Safe Crisis
Management (SCM) and Crisis Behavioral Specialists are available 24/7.
INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS PROGRAM (IBSP)
Lakemary developed the Intensive Behavioral Supports
Program (IBSP) in 2010. This program is designed for children who
treatment needs are even greater than those that could normally be accomodated
in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). These high needs
children and adolescents can now be served in a PRTF setting, receiving
one-on-one 24/7 specialized supports to gain the basic skills necessary for
success in transitioning to a typical PRTF environment. Lakemary's IBS
program is now being modeled by other agency providers throughout Kansas and
the Midwest. This program has allowed Lakemary to reach some of the
nation's highest needs children by providing a level of support needed to reach
gials not previously imagined.
OUTPATIENT THERPAY - BRIDING THE GAP
Individual and family therapies are available to children
and their families throughout the child's stay at Lakemary.
Outpatient therapy provides a continuum of supports to
help with the transition to a less restrictive environment and allows the child
and their family to continue the learning process beyond Lakemary's structured
Lakemary Health Servies employs a team of certified health
professionals including: Our Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Registered
Dietician, Licensed Mental Health Technician, and Medication Technicians.
These professionals are available 24 hours a day.
LIFE AT LAKEMARY
At Lakemary, we believe in the potential of the children
we serve. We also believe in supporting a lifestyle that best fits every
child's greatest opportunity for a healthy, independent, happy life.
Lakemary maintains five campus residences. Careful
consideration is given to each child's needs when selecting an appropriate
residence. Home-like settings and caring staff provide a safe, supportive
environment for progress and healing.
Recreation and leisure are important components of
residential life at Lakemary. Structured individual and group activities
provide fun opportunities for therapeutic learning and social skills
building. Lakemary's 32-acre campus provides lots of opportunities for
outdoor activities including bicycling, fishing as well as group and individual
Discharge planning begins upon admission with the goal
focused on returning the children to a more naturalized environment. Whether
that involves having them reunite with their families of origin, adoption,
living, or other options, students at Lakemary receive the care and
treatment they need to succeed.
WHERE WE ARE LOCATED
We are located on a secure, beautiful, 32-acre campus in
Paola, Kansas just 30 minutes south of Kansas City. Our centralized U.S.
location provides easy access for travel. Each year we offer help, hope,
healing, and specialized learning to over 150 children and their families from
as far away as California.
If you would like to learn more about Lakemary, tour our
facility, and meet our staff, please contact us to schedule a