1301 N. 47th Street
Kansas City KS 66102
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 563-6500
Mission Statement
Helping kids. Empowering families. Creating hope. Transforming lives.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith Rodman
Board Chair Mr. Paul Victor
Board Chair Company Affiliation REMAX
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Helping kids. Empowering families. Creating hope. Transforming lives.
Background Statement
PACES dates to the 1953 founding of the Wyandotte County Child Guidance Center. By 1957, the Child Guidance Center transitioned to the community mental health center (today named Wyandot Center) that encompassed services for adults; children’s services remained an integral part of this development. In late 2008, we renamed our services for children, adolescents and families “PACES.” PACES was separately incorporated in December 2009 with our own board of directors and staff.
PACES is the safety net mental health provider for children, adolescents and families in Wyandotte County; 92 percent of our families are below the federal poverty level.
We serve kids with behavioral and emotional issues (3,986 in FY 2015). We provide therapy, case management, psychiatric services, psychosocial groups, parent support, parenting classes, an emergency shelter for youth and an Exchange & Visitation Center.
We also help families access resources to meet basic needs (food, clothing and housing).
PACES has a longstanding and active relationship with many community agencies, including USD 500, local law enforcement agencies and the Department of Children and Family Services.
Impact Statement
2015-2017 Accomplishments:
  1. Kim Wilson Housing, Inc., received a grant in 2017 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to help clients of Wyandot Center and PACES secure and maintain safe and affordable housing in Wyandotte County.
  2. PACES received a grant from the Health Care Foundation to start a school-based Family Outreach and Therapy Services program.
  3. The new Roberts Place Children's Emergency Shelter opened in 2015. It provides emergency shelter for children in police protective custody.
  4. PACES families facing housing challenges benefit from a Emergency Solutions Grant.
  5. PACES Toys for Dottes program provided new toys to 2,000-plus children during Christmas. 
2016-17 Goals:
  1. PACES will enhance services through trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care training will educate all staff about trauma and its consequences on consumers and staff. PACES will identify ways to make our environment more healing and less re-traumatizing for our consumers and staff.
  2. PACES will increase support for our annual Toys for Dottes program.
  3. PACES will collaborate with Kim Wilson Housing and the KCK School District to find housing options and resources for homeless youth.
  4. PACES will increase fundraising efforts in the community with additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  5. PACES and Wyandot, Inc. will implement a new volunteer program and recruit volunteers to help with fundraising and community outreach and education.
Needs Statement
  1. Operating support for Robert's Place, our emergency shelter/respite house.
  2. Operating support for psychiatric clinic.
  3. Financial contributions for Evidence-Based Training for staff.
  4. Volunteers to assist with fundraising and community outreach and education.
  5. New games, craft items and books for children ages 3 to 18.
  6. New or gently used children’s clothing for children ages 0 to 18.
  7. Financial contributions for Toys for Dottes and the Kids’ Christmas Shop.
Service Categories
Community Mental Health Centers
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As Board Chair of PACES, I am proud of where we have been and where we are going. For over 50 years, we have provided life-changing mental health services for our friends, family and neighbors. In responding to our community needs, we have expanded our impact in Wyandotte County and beyond. When a child and family walk into PACES, they open the door to our community network of help, hope and healing.
I have seen how PACES cares about kids and their futures. We want them to live healthy and successful lives. We never give up on children and are with them every step of the way to manage their behavioral and emotional challenges. With a full spectrum of comprehensive mental health services for children, there is no challenge that’s insurmountable.
I volunteer for PACES because I know we make a difference. I give of my time and financial support because I know that without PACES, our children would suffer, and our families would have nowhere to turn. With PACES, we have stronger, happier and more resilient kids, families and communities.
My enthusiasm for the future of PACES is shared by our Board of Directors, bolstered by the vision, leadership and experience of our Executive Director and a committed and caring staff. I am impressed with the responsiveness of our organization to our community needs: building a new emergency shelter for abused children; ensuring children have a safe environment for visitations with our Exchange & Visitation Center; maintaining a fully stocked clothing closet for families.
PACES is in a great place—we make an impact every day. But we can do more for our community. Our vision for the future is to improve and grow. With the success of our first capital campaign to build Robert's Place, our new shelter for children in crisis, we have dedicated ourselves to taking care of the most vulnerable among us—our children. I look forward to the next several years and continuing to exceed the needs of children and families in our community.
Paul Victor, PACES Board Chair
Description PACES therapists are licensed professionals who offer short-term, focused treatment of eight to 12 sessions for youth and/or their families. Currently, 568 children participate in therapy with PACES. Most PACES children were referred by other parents and caregivers, schools and local child-serving agencies. PACES has an outstanding reputation for affordable, high-quality, accessible and very effective therapy services. PACES therapists use evidence-based practice models for therapy and are considered leaders in the Greater Kansas City Metro area.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children will be able to identify a variety of coping skills and express understanding of how their thinking and feeling affects their actions. As a result of therapy: 
  • Children will not engage in self-injurious behavior.
  • Children will comply with appropriate parental requests.
  • They will decrease disruptive behaviors at home and school.
  • They will experience less emotional distress when triggered with memories of their trauma(s).
Long-Term Success
When children engage in mental health therapy, their ability to identify and cope with different emotions increases, and problem behaviors decrease. Long-term goals include:
  • Increased academic experiences and positive social interactions.
  • Improved ability to communicate feelings.
  • Reduced rate of youth suicide in Wyandotte County.
Skills acquired in therapy will carry into adulthood, making children less likely to be involved with the legal system or be perpetrators of abuse or neglect.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of therapeutic interventions can be measured in the change of functioning in the home, school or community. A small success may be that the child is able to go to school three out of five days without having an emotional meltdown, or that a trauma victim can hear a loud noise without escalating into a panic attack 50 percent of the time.
More significant successes may be that the client is able to share his/her trauma narrative with a parent, not experience high levels of emotional distress when doing so, and find support and validation from that parent. Or, a parent may increase the time he/she spends with the child, providing warmth and affection when it was previously lacking, and the child in turn is following directions and complying with 90 percent of mom’s directives.
Ultimately, we are successful if the children can complete therapy and utilize the skills they’ve learned without the need to re-enter therapy.
Examples of Program Success
Many children entering therapy have suffered one or more traumas in their young lives. Abuse, neglect, witnessing violence or other tragedies cause great emotional trauma. Therapeutic intervention at PACES has a great success rate with helping children and their families learn the skills they need to deal with the trauma and move forward.
One of the children who received therapy through PACES had suffered a serious long-term trauma. When entering therapy, this child experienced flashbacks, depressive symptoms, sleep disturbances, isolation and poor hygiene. Eventually, with PACES and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, this child opened-up and was finally able to share what had happened. After almost a year in therapy, this child successfully completed all goals:
  • Showering daily.
  • Attending school regularly.
  • Earning good grades.
  • Coping positively with triggers.
  • Engaging with family and friends.
  • Experiencing increased feelings of safety.
  • This is just one of many success stories for PACES children.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Judith Rodman
Term Start July 2007
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Randy Callstrom - July 2014
Senior Staff
Title Senior Director for Rehabilitation Services
Title Senior Director of Clinical and Speciality Services
Paid Full-Time Staff 133
Paid Part-Time Staff 28
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 2
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 Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Paul Victor
Company Affiliation REMAX
Term Mar 2010 to Feb 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Jackie Bennett
Company Affiliation Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Board Members
Mr. Mike Belefonte
Ms. Jackie Bennett
Mr. Scott Cahill Community Volunteer
Mr. Wayne Headrick Community Volunteer
Mr. Shawn Kane American Adoptions
Dr. Cynthia Lane USD 500
Mr. Nick Murguia Kansas City, KS Fire Department
Ms. Theresa Reyes-Cummings Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund
Mr. Paul Victor REMAX
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $12,354,542
Projected Expenses $12,278,730
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporation 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$574,092$519,565$467,213
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$11,716$39,613$68,322
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$400
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,083,109$9,753,964$10,221,898
Administration Expense$2,921,990$3,115,485$3,114,246
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.051.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%76%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,520,385$2,890,242$2,456,830
Current Assets$1,036,734$1,351,682$1,858,583
Long-Term Liabilities$385,753$412,213$436,668
Current Liabilities$610,876$754,096$741,301
Total Net Assets$1,523,756$1,723,933$1,278,861
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.701.792.51
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%14%18%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountClient Service Fee $10,972,773Anonymous $338,620Anonymous $467,213
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMST Grant $266,536Anonymous $225,000Anonymous $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas $176,857Anonymous $150,000Anonymous $20,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To build a new children's emergency shelter for children who have been placed in police protective custody and PACES consumers who need respite care.
Goal $1,095,500.00
Dates Dec 2013 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised to Date $1,013,121.00 as of Jan 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name PACES, Inc.
Address 1301 N. 47th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
Primary Phone (913) 563-6500
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judith Rodman
Board Chair Mr. Paul Victor
Board Chair Company Affiliation REMAX
Year of Incorporation 2009