Thank you to Riverside Resources in Leavenworth for donating face masks to IBT, allowing us to continue providing much needed services to our children and families!
A Letter From Our Executive Director
To our Parents and Community Supporters,
I want to take time to express my gratitude for your support and confidence in Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc., and The K.I.D.S Place. Your support of our organization means the world to myself, our administration, and staff. In this challenging time, keeping you informed of the steps we are taking in response to the unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in is one of our biggest priorities.
Our executive leadership has developed a COVID-19 Task Force, which monitors and follows all county, state, and national recommendations regarding the COVID-19 crisis in order to keep our children, their families, and our employees safe and healthy.
We have worked diligently to continue business as usual, taking several proactive steps to ensure safety for all parties and decrease possible spread. Some of these steps consist of limiting each team to one provider in the home to provide direct services and having consultants provide support and training over telehealth so they can oversee many teams. The K.I.D.S Place began using their classroom doors rather than the front door for entry to decrease contact between children and staff for the time being. All children and families are being asked prior to beginning sessions that their temperatures be taken, with our staff following the same guidelines.
While the state’s order was taken as a critical step to protect the health of our communities, the disruption in routine for children with autism can be incredibly hard, and even detrimental for those who depend on early interventions and consistent therapy to achieve their highest potential. These changes, moderate or long term, could mean a loss of skills they have gained through their engagement in services and may result in increased levels of anxiety and aberrant behaviors. Parents and guardians who are now working from home may find it difficult to balance completing work demands and providing much needed care to their children who are on the spectrum. We are fortunate to employ enthusiastic, dedicated, fantastic, highly-trained staff who bring enthusiasm, love, and skill to our organization every day. We would not be able to continue providing the services that we do without them and I know I can speak for our children and their families that we are beyond grateful to have such genuine and compassionate human beings as our staff. We are doing everything we can to protect our families and staff members’ health and maintain their source of income during this trying time.
Approximately 95% of the revenue IBT earns is fee-for-service. We are hopeful that fundraising events later in the year will continue as usual to not only provide financial support but also to keep IBT and The K.I.D.S. Place in the eye of the public. Our Board and executive leadership are working hard to adapt by applying for resources to assist non-profits and small business’. This includes provisions of the CARES Act, local COVID-19 relief funding, and any other charitable resources our programs qualify for.
IBT has been a community asset since 2001 and will continue to serve those who need us most. We deeply appreciate your belief in our mission and your support of the work we do. We are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have, please write or call me anytime.
Linda S. Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director, President of the Board
Kari A. Wold, MA, LMLP
Clinical Services Supervisor & Manager
Paige Boydston, BCBA
Billing & Authorizations Manager
Ali Heidlebrecht, BCBA