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Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program (PRTF)

Intensive Behavioral Supports (IBS) Program

Service Coordination For Children

Supported Family Living: Foster Care Program

Infant Toddler Program

Lakemary Center - Children Services

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program (PRTF)

Exclusively serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual/developmental disabilities coupled with psychiatric illnesses.

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 outcomes.


  • 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 Care.

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 admission packet can be viewed here but must be completed in person with Lakemary's PRTF Admissions Liaison.


  • On-site clinical psychiatrist/pediatrician
  • Milieu therapists
  • Masters-level therapists
  • Registered nurses
  • On-staff psychologist
  • Registered dietician
  • Certified play therapist
  • 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 is accredited by CARF International - Commission for Rehabilitation Facilities.CARF Logo
  • 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 (IDEA).
  • All teaching staff are licensed by the Kansas Department of Education.
  • 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.


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:

  • Speech
  • OccupationalLakemary Center - Founders Fieldhouse
  • Music
  • Art
  • Behavior
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Play therapy
  • On-campus & Off-campus Recreation
  • Family therapy/distance traning
  • Transition Planning

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.


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.


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 environment.


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.


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 sports.

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, supported family living, or other options, students at Lakemary receive the care and treatment they need to succeed.


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 visit.

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