Harry S. Truman Children's Neurological Center
12404 E. U.S. Highway 40
Independence MO 64055
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 373-5060
Mission Statement

Advocating for interdependent living, education, and community inclusion through competent, caring support.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. James D. Landrum
Board Chair Mr. Doug Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mussleman & Hall
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1949
Former Names
TNC Community
Harry S.Truman Children's Neurological Center
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Advocating for interdependent living, education, and community inclusion through competent, caring support.

Background Statement

TNC Community (Harry S Truman Children's Neurological Center) was originally founded in 1949 as a place to assist children in an institutional setting. During 2001-2002, TNC faced significant challenges. With extensive Board of Directors' guidance and parent/guardian involvement, TNC has successfully met the challenges, embraced the opportunities and in so doing dramatically improved the quality of life for 38 persons receiving services.

In early 2001, TNC's Board of Directors experienced the potential loss of Medicaid Waiver funding through the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) based on a continued desire by Missouri DMH not to fund services as provided in a congregate setting. Faced with the reality of ending 52 years as a service provider, TNC's Board of Directors elected to pursue the ability to offer Missouri DMH qualified residential services in individual "group homes" as community integrated facilities. Within 4 months TNC was able to locate, rehabilitate,furnish and open three additional homes. In 2002, TNC sold their long-held congregate setting at 15600 Woods Chapel Road and used part of the proceeds to finance the three newly acquired group homes (all appraised from $200,000 to $300,000).

In 2008, TNC Community in collaboration with Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County - Eitashas completed construction to the fifth group home in Independence, MO serving 6 additional individuals.

In 2010, TNC Community moved its administrative offices from the old site of the congregate setting to 12404 E.US 40 Highway, Independence, Missouri.

Presently, TNC provides supportive services to 48 adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). TNC currently operates 13 locations - five residential group homes (4-6 individuals) and eight Individualized Living Sites (ISL's, 1-3 individuals) nestled into neighborhoods throughout the Kansas City area.

The adults with I/DD that TNC assists – many who are medically fragile – need extensive, round-the-clock assistance and support as they reach a variety of personal goals. Daily living assistance and habilitation includes medication administration, personal grooming,meals, learning skills to become more independent and work, and other community activities. Through our community integration program, we strive to meet more than just basic essentials. In fact, our mission is to "advocate for interdependent living, education and community inclusion" and help provide a better quality of life.

Impact Statement

TNC is doing ordinary things daily with an extraordinary impact:
  • Maximize participation of individuals within the community, so they are engaged in a variety of activities.
  • Maintain our third 3-year CARF Accreditation.
  • Support individuals as they learn life skills to become contributing community members.
  • Remodeled a group homes to allow individuals easier access to the various areas of their homes.
  • Obtain adaptive equipment that facilitates individuals becoming more independent.
  • Encourage individuals to make progress and achieve their goals.
  • One example of this is helping an individual who is deaf to locate and attend a church that uses sign language. We also assisted some individuals with obtaining IPADs for various communication and activities.  
  • We continue to incorporate a concept known as “Gentle Teaching” throughout our organization and our homes,by training employees as "Gentle Teachers" to begin establishing a"Gentle Culture.”
  • Empower individuals in their planning process through encouragement and assistance in directing their own meetings and making the plans very personal.
  • Receive positive satisfaction survey results tallied from the individuals we support, families/parents/guardians, staff and stakeholders were incredibly positive (more than 90% of individuals surveyed noted high satisfaction.)
Upcoming goals:
  • Maximize the participation and community access.
  • Increase community by supporting individuals while they join and participate in community groups through memberships and volunteerism.
  • Encourage individuals to chair their annual planning meetings
  • Raise awareness of individuals with I/DD through increased interaction with legislators and community.
  • Increase effectiveness by supporting individuals as they make progress towards their personal goals.
  • Maximize satisfaction-supported individuals, families/parents/guardians, staff and stakeholders.
  • Maximize the access of individuals to homes and/or day services in neighborhoods they desire with the choice of community, roommates, and/or focus.
Needs Statement
  1. Funds to help with community-integration activities
  2. Assistive devices for individuals (walking devices, shower chairs, weigh scales, etc.)
  3. Volunteers
    1. In June, TNC hosts the Dirty Duo, a six-mile running/biking adventure race and obstacle course. Over 100 volunteers are needed for to help with food/drinks, volunteers, gather sponsors, promote the race, packet pick-up, course layout and obstacle design, prizes, racer bags & inserts, vendors, advertising, racer registration, chip timing, signage.
    2. In September, is the annual TNC Day, a family-friendly event where staff, individuals and family members get together for a fun-filled picnic with games, activities and food. Approximately twelve to fifteen volunteers are needed to help with food stations, games, setup & decorations, and tear-down.
    3. Additionally, volunteer opportunities throughout the rest of the year include help with outings or just spending some one-on-one time reading or playing games with individuals.
  4. Funds for additional staff to assist with in-home activities and community integration outings, educational training funds for consumers, families, and staff.
  5. Funds for capital improvement projects (group home renovations in kitchens, baths and accessibility projects, etc.).
  6. New or gently-used household items and furnishings for individual supported living homes.
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Housing Rehabilitation
Group Homes
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement TNC Community has a proud history of serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 65 years. TNC was born out of the United Cerebral Palsy Association in the early 1950's. Until 2001 TNC operated a large conjugate care facility in eastern Jackson County as well as group home in Raytown and another in Kansas City North.  In the fall of 2001 TNC worked with the Department of Mental Health to close the large facility and move into a group homes model.  Three wonderful new facilities were purchased and converted to group homes, each one housing six residents.  The North Kansas City home was sold and replaced by a much newer and more functional facility.  TNC's board and staff worked closely with DMH, the Jackson County Board of Services and the Clay County Board of services to develop a system of residential care that is entirely consumer focused and centered.  A primary goal of the organization is the hiring and retaining of high quality direct care staff and solid middle management.  Our full time training director and program management does an excellent job of training staff to make them ready for the challenges they face.  This personalized training regimen allows new staff to feel better prepared to go to work serving our consumers.  The result is better care for the consumers and a very low turn over rate due to high job satisfaction.  At the same time we have continued to upgrade our facilities in each of our neighborhoods and we have accomplished that goal.  Our cash reserves put us in the best of class of all comparable organizations.  We have continued to upgrade and reconstitute our board into a diverse and effective governing body.  The board consists of three supported individuals, a parent and an excellent collection of other professionals to give guidance to the organization.  TNC works closely with our Executive Director to plan the organization's future. 
Description 24-hour personal care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential setting.
Program Budget $2,954,594.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Consumers, families, and stakeholders will be able to supply their input in regards to satisfaction of the services they receive. Consumers will have the choice to provide their opinions, concerns, comments and suggestions on the services they are receiving.
Long-Term Success Consumers, families, and stakeholders will feel that they receive quality services in a safe and healthy residential environment and advocate for interdependent living, meaningful community education and inclusion.
Program Success Monitored By TNC utilizes an Outcome Management reporting system to monitor the programs success. Satisfaction surveys are completed annually by consumers and/or guardians.
Examples of Program Success

JM, who is non-verbal, is was an individual whose social interactions were modest at best and his communication was at a low minimal.  He focused mainly on sitting in a recliner and rocking.  As the staff of TNC Community continued utilizing Gentle Teaching techniques introduced at a workshop attended by a program manager staff member.  Since the workshop, JH has been receiving continous one on one attention.  As a result, JH social interactions have increased tremendously.  For example, JH visits the administrative office with staff on occasion and he now likes to visit with every person in the office.  He will enter the office and sit in any chair that is available waiting for you to get up and offer him your hand to walk around the office.  JH will now attend community events feeling safe and secure and without verbal aggression.  CE is another consumer that resides at TNC Community who has always wanted a job.  CE with staff assistance is now employed with the humane society and works Saturdays and Mondays at the local shelter.  CE is so extremely happy.  He is always ready for work.

CEO Comments

A primary challenge that our organization faces is aging and declining health. As the individuals that we support continue to age, their health becomes increasingly more complicated. As their needs increase, TNC’s cornerstone is its quality of care. Despite all of our individuals' health complications, TNC’s staff continues to work with each individual to help them meet their goals. From helping one individual gain the right to vote to helping others learn to walk to helping individuals learn critical social skills that will help them navigate within the community. These goals, while small, are vitally important to each individual’s self esteem. And as they continue to make progress on their goals,they’re working towards self determination, a concept that encourages individuals to become the driving force behind their life.

TNC Community’s satisfaction surveys were finalized in the final quarter of FY 2016-2017. Overall, 83% of individuals were satisfied with their supports and services. Of the individuals surveyed, 100% would recommend TNC to others. TNC presently employs three Community RNs and three Health Support Coordinators to help with our aging population.

As these needs continue to increase, our agency is committed to fully supporting the individuals we assist. But it’s important to remember that the state only reimburses the minimum care. It’s clear that the needs of our individuals surpass the minimum level of care.

Agencies like TNC Community are breaking the stereotypes of limitations of lifestyles that would have been beyond the dreams for adults with I/DD just a generation ago. Your donations help TNC continue to do ordinary things daily with an extraordinary impact.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. James D. Landrum
Term Start June 2004
Experience The Executive Director of TNC Community is James Landrum. Mr. Landrum was retained as Executive Director after serving 5 months as Interim Executive Director for TNC Community. He has faithfully served TNC Community in various roles (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional, Program Director, Director of Operations) since joining the agency on 3/5/2001. He knew at a very young age that his love and dedication would be working in the human service area. He was previously employed in retail management where he developed skills in working with the public. He was with Aiken Regional Medical Center as a Mental Health Technician for three years. He also served as a Coordinator with the Marketing Department at Aurora for two years. He had worked in the mentally and physically challenged field from 1993 to 1997 as a Work Crew Supervisor and Job Coach. In 1997 he worked with Richmond/Burke Job Training Partnership as a Welfare to Work Case Manager/Coordinator. His work with the economically disadvantaged was according to James, "challenging yet rewarding." Mr. Landrum is a native of South Carolina. He relocated to Kansas City in February of 2000 where he continued to work with Welfare Reform. James has a direct, yet sensitive and caring approach to clients and staff. He offers client tools in their quests to become self-sufficient. He is resourceful and intuitive and enjoys problem solving and helping others. James has completed his Masters in Social Work at the University of Kansas. James was named in Ingram's 2014 Class of 40 under Forty.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Elizabeth Grubb Aug 1994 - May 2002
Mr. Scott Litten Aug 2002 - Feb 2004
Senior Staff
Title Associate Executive Director

Joan Ibale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. As the Associate Executive Director and Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP), she brings years of experience and knowledge to TNC. She has been at the agency for more than ten years. Her efforts to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make progress and achieve their goals are exemplary.

Title Development Director
Title Finance Director
Title Director of Health Services

Ardith Scheer, RN, CDDN, is the Director of Health Services. Ardith has an extensive background in the medical field – from hospital nursing to corporate nursing to public and home health. She is a past recipient of Eitas’ (Jackson County Board of Developmental Disability Services) Employee of the Year and a Gentle Teaching Mentor.

Title Administrative Assistant/Payroll/Benefits Administrator
Experience/Biography Ginni has faithfully served TNC in various roles since joining the agency in July of 1989. Ginni holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in Speech Pathology/Audiology. A native of Texas, Ginni relocated to Missouri in 1985. In addition to superb work on payroll and benefit administration, Ginni also manages the personal funds of all TNC clients. Ginni maintains all of TNC client archive file management. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 75
Paid Part-Time Staff 48
Volunteers 11
Paid Contractors 4
Retention Rate 60%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

In May 2017, TNC Community partnered with members of the Mutual Musicians Foundation (MMF) to launch a musical performance series; bringing the energy and art of Kansas City jazz from the historic 18th & Vine District to TNC.
Located on the former site of Local 627A National Historic Landmark, the MMF building is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas City Landmarks Commission Register. Since the 1930s, musicians have gathered at the MMF for live “jam sessions” and still today, gather to play into the wee hours of the morning.
The music series includes live performances by members of MMF. Members visit TNC individuals in their homes and play selections of modern day and classic jazz pieces.
The program encourages a culture exchange between artists, individuals and staff, offering another opportunity for community integration. As we work to expand the program, it will increase the awareness of TNC in the local community through this partnership.
Chamber of Commerce2017
United Way Member Agency2016
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2017
External Assessment and Accreditations
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2009
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Housing - 3 year2012
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Housing - 3 year2009
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Housing - 3 year2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments TNC is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, which is committed to all operations and the provision of services through a code of ethics. This code of ethics includes guidelines on treatment of persons receiving services, confidentiality, accessibility, culture, business and financial practices, conflicts of interest, governance, laws and regulations, development initiatives, and treatment of community members and staff. TNC Community conducts annual reviews of the policies and procedures.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Doug Hall
Company Affiliation Mussleman & Hall
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Email dhall@mandh.net
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Jerry Cornell
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2014 to Nov 2019
Email jerryncarol@kc.rr.com
Board Members
Ms. Dana Chatlin The Farmer's House
Mr. Jerry Cornell Retired
Mr. Curtis Elliott TNC-Supported Individual
Mrs. Ruth Frey KC Masters Companies
Mr Doug Hall Mussleman & Hall Contractors
Mr. Paul Heacock Retired/Speaker
Mr. Dale Hotze Community Volunteer
Mrs. Amanda Kumma-Reeves MarksNelson
Ms. Latina Shelby TNC-Supported Individual
Mrs. Tonya Simmons Central Bank of the Midwest
Mr. Billy Wilkinson TNC-Supported Individual
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments TNC is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, which is committed to all operations and the provision of services through a code of ethics. This code of ethics includes guidelines on treatment of persons receiving services, confidentiality, accessibility, culture, business and financial practices, conflicts of interest, governance, laws and regulations, development initiatives, and treatment of community members and staff. TNC Community conducts annual reviews of the policies and procedures.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,679,974
Projected Expenses $4,547,599
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$182,658$165,278$160,010
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,905$4,146$5,936
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$26,975$26,410($1,198)
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,753,518$3,715,536$3,387,343
Administration Expense$685,336$585,051$723,132
Fundraising Expense$7,375$16,766$11,521
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.001.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%86%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%6%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,987,236$3,204,821$3,226,447
Current Assets$1,813,829$1,938,189$1,871,368
Long-Term Liabilities$583,541$632,584$673,012
Current Liabilities$215,830$210,193$196,572
Total Net Assets$2,187,865$2,362,044$2,356,863
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.409.229.52
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%20%21%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMedicaid Waiver $1,340,081 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDepartment of Mental Health $59,840 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEITAS $31,362 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments TNC provides accurate and timely monthly financial statements. All accounting practices are conducted within a code of ethics and may be analyzed as applying to generally accepted accounting practices. TNC now has a 3-month operating reserves. TNC operates under an annual budget that has been meticulously prepared and analyzed by the Executive Director and Finance Director. Budget versus actual comparative analysis is performed monthly and reviewed by the TNC Board of Directors and remedial action is implemented, if needed. TNC financial statements are audited by a CPA firm, reviewed by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and successfully submitted to local financial institutions. TNC’s management has implemented policies and procedures to effectively manage cash flow and accounts payable. TNC also continues to seek funds through private grants and donations to assist with the operation and implementation of programs. Thanks to the consumers, parents/guardians, staff, friends, and Community for their dedication and support!
Organization Name Harry S. Truman Children's Neurological Center
Address 12404 E. U.S. Highway 40
Independence, MO 64055
Primary Phone (816) 373-5060
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James D. Landrum
Board Chair Mr. Doug Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mussleman & Hall
Year of Incorporation 1949
Former Names
TNC Community
Harry S.Truman Children's Neurological Center