Goodlife Innovations, Inc.
11627 W. 79th Street.
Lenexa KS 66214-1488
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 225-8900
Mission Statement
GoodLife’s vision is to redefine what’s possible for supporting people to live independent, satisfying and purposeful lives. Its mission is to make a meaningful difference in the everyday lives of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and those who support them by transforming lives through deep relationships, learning, respect, innovation, exceeding expectations and achieving results.
 
For more information, please visit our websites:
 
www.mygoodlife.org
 
www.clokan.org
 
www.neighborhoodnetwork.org
 
www.ilinkst.org
 
www.midnight-farm.org
 
www.northstaracademy.org
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael C. Strouse
Board Chair Edward "Trip" Frizell
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2017
Former Names
Community Living Opportunities, Inc. (CLO)
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
GoodLife’s vision is to redefine what’s possible for supporting people to live independent, satisfying and purposeful lives. Its mission is to make a meaningful difference in the everyday lives of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and those who support them by transforming lives through deep relationships, learning, respect, innovation, exceeding expectations and achieving results.
 
For more information, please visit our websites:
 
www.mygoodlife.org
 
www.clokan.org
 
www.neighborhoodnetwork.org
 
www.ilinkst.org
 
www.midnight-farm.org
 
www.northstaracademy.org
Impact Statement
GoodLife’s impact is being seen and felt by agencies and persons-served all across the U.S., and especially here in the heartland.
 
Service Approach Highlights
  1. The Professional Family Teaching (PFTM), our highly specialized adult shared living program, historically achieves the highest quality outcomes. Consumer satisfaction ratings from guardians and families of persons served exceed 97% annually. Turnover rates continue to be less than 3% annually, since 1999.
  2. The Neighborhood Network (NN) and iLink are award-winning approaches that are generating excitement and growing across Kansas and throughout the country.
  3. GoodLife as a whole is being recognized as a leader in the development and dissemination and highly innovative service models:
  •       Dr. Strouse presents/speak at conferences across the country.
  •       Inquiries and requests for consultation are received weekly.
  •       Dozens of tours hosted in 2019 for providers, MCOs, and friends of GoodLife.

Labor Solutions
GoodLife has improved its own stability by:
  1. Growing DSPs capacity to work extra by 42%
  2. Increasing the average hourly wage for daytime front half/back half DSP’s by $1.67/hr since 2018.
  3. Raising more than $1M since 2017 to support emerging programs

GoodLife also helps other agencies retain and compensate their labor force more affordably.
 
Emerging iLink Technologies
We continue to eliminate barriers for individuals who need help to live independently.
  • iLink’s remote support system can now be deployed and installed in a home in under 2 hours.
  • Developers at iLink are beta-testing a solution that ensures no one is left in a vehicle unattended.
  • iLink offers wearable solutions for seniors that provide access to emergency care and a personal care concierge–24/7.

ANCOR Highlights
GoodLife was proud to be a 2019 ANCOR Gold Sponsor and unveiled a full suite of iLink Technology solutions at ANCOR’s national conference. Most significantly, Dr. Strouse’s presentation was ranked one of the Top 3 of conference highlights by attendees.
Needs Statement
Multiple forces are converging in Kansas (and nationally) to increase the costs of traditional community services that support a variety of populations, including seniors with age-related disabilities or adults/children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)--all of whom need help to live independently. These forces include:
 
A) Exponentially increasing waiting lists, increasing autism rates, significantly longer lifespans, and the aging Baby Boomer population. Add to this that 50% of persons with I/DD are cared for by a family member and 25% of all family caregivers are over 60 and will soon not be able to provide care.
 
B) Escalating cost for the direct support workforce (DSP), driven by competition from better paying industries, historically low unemployment rates, and rising costs for insurance.
 
C) Flat or declining “government set” funding that has historically not kept up with inflation or population increases.
 
D) Unfunded nationwide mandates for care due to federal policy changes and increasing desire for full community inclusion, tailored services, and smaller home sizes--leading to increasingly decentralized services, supervision and support challenges that fuel challenging work schedules, and higher staff ratios, housing and transportation costs.
Service Categories
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Senior Centers/Services
Areas of Service
KS
Programs
Description The Johnson County Montessori preschool (Montessori) was founded in Overland Park in 1965 and was acquired by GoodLife in 2000. The Montessori tradition is extremely effective, encouraging children’s natural love for learning and providing opportunities to develop problem-solving skills to use throughout their lives. GoodLife uniquely pairs its Montessori preschool with North Star Academy (NSA), which provides early behavioral intervention for children ages 2 1⁄2 to 12 years with I/DD, including children with ASD. This inclusionary campus serves more than 100 children in Johnson County. GoodLife’s corporate offices are located in Lenexa, Kansas, but GoodLife’s services are provided throughout Northeast, Southeast, and South Central Kansas.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Examples of Program Success
Children who are enrolled at NSA have significant special needs, typically requiring 30-40 hours a week of one-on-one support under the supervision of nationally board certified Applied Behavior Analysts. Combining these services with traditional Montessori preschool services allows NSA to provide intensive early intervention while also jump-starting inclusion programming prior to a child entering public school.
 
Raising a child with I/DD or ASD presents unique challenges and requires additional support systems. Immediately following diagnosis, families seek early intervention services which have been shown to greatly improve a child’s development. At NSA, family support systems (including natural, foster care, or other) access highly trained professional supports that make significant life-long differences for kids with ASD through evidence-based treatments.
 
NSA is one of the only programs in the region that provides this service for children with I/DD or ASD.
Description
Most support needs are intermittent--they ebb and flow (predictably/unpredictably) as the day unfolds. It is not affordable to offer just-in-case staffing for these kind of needs, yet we can’t rely on a system where persons must reliably self direct on-call help and then patiently wait for it to arrive in time. GoodLife’s NN is a modern-day remake of an old-fashioned, caring neighborhood: current and emerging technologies are combined with the idea that neighbors help neighbors. The NN weaves professional and in-home care organically into the fabric of a typical, well-selected, amenity-filled neighborhood. The NN is staffed with Professional Neighbors (PNs) who permanently live in the neighborhoods they serve, along with caregivers (Direct Support Professionals or DSPs) that work in shifts. GoodLife’s NN service approach--combined with next generation remote support provided by iLink--can affordably deliver human interaction, trusted, and compassionate care at the moment of need.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Examples of Program Success Two of GoodLife’s programs, the Neighborhood Network and iLink Support Technologies, were recognized in 2016 by Autism Speaks, Inc. as the most innovative community services internationally. In 2019, the NN was selected by one of Kansas' MCOs as a demonstration site for seniors to move out of assisted living facilities and back into the community.
Description
iLink Support Technologies is owned by GoodLife and has been in development since 2000. iLink (the “i” stands for independence) supported homes (typical and special-purpose homes) are equipped with affordable, advanced smart technologies that allow remote professionals to virtually see, hear, feel, and act to support a variety of populations who need help to live more independently. iLink is comprehensive, scalable, and well designed so that it can be installed in only a few hours. iLink can remotely: 1) monitor a person’s health, safety, and behavioral needs, 2) provide remote coaching at the moment of need; 3)immediately connect a person or family to the professional support they need; 4) control home automations; 5) schedule or deploy a variety of direct supports; and 6) supervise in-home care to ensure needs are met. iLink support is provided by highly trained iCoaches who personally know each person they support.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, the Neighborhood Network with iLink was selected by Autism Speaks as the most innovative service model internationally. In 2017, GoodLife received a $1M, multi-year grant to further develop iLink technologies to benefit those with barriers to independence. In 2018, the President/CEO of ANCOR toured iLink, witnessed how it is used in various service models, and stated that iLink was the most comprehensive and impressive use of technologies for independent living she has seen nationally.
Description
Midnight Farm is situated on 40 acres of beautiful country-side and provides many rural living, work, therapeutic and recreation activities for children and adults with special needs.
 
Day Services are provided to adults with I/DD with an emphasis on farm life.
 
Special Needs Day Camps & Field Trips are hosted for children and adults with special needs, providing fun and learning in a country farm setting. While the kids are in camp, their parents can also attend training sessions provided on-site by GoodLife's highly qualified clinical support team.
 
TEAM Work Employment Opportunities offers meaningful, long-term employment and employment support for people who have a challenging time sustaining a job. The program pairs a skilled worker with an intern (person with I/DD or other with needs for long-term employment support). A two-person team will be connected to an employer.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Examples of Program Success Midnight Farm opened its doors in late July, 2009. Since opening, thousands of individuals have been served across all programs. Over 250 volunteers provided ongoing and special project support to Midnight Farm, providing over 5,000 hours of support in one year alone. Midnight Farm was the recipient of a grant from Camps For Kids which helped raise $6,000 in camp scholarships, as well as state Community Service Tax Credits in 2011 and 2012.
Description
GoodLife's Residential Services offer the least restrictive living environment for the individuals we serve.
 
Case Managers serve as the facilitator to ensure that each person obtain and benefit from needed services.
 
Day Services focus on teaching adults with disabilities ways to fully live, work and participate in their community.
 
Health and Wellness services meet the significant health needs of individuals served through its Wellness Clinic.
 
Behavioral Services consist of professional Behavior Analysts (BA) whose mission is to ensure that behavioral problems are addressed respectfully and effectively, and that optimal learning conditions exist for all people served by CLO.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Examples of Program Success
The Professional Family Teaching (PFTM), our highly specialized adult shared living program, historically achieves the highest quality outcomes. Consumer satisfaction ratings from guardians and families of persons served exceed 97% annually. Turnover rates continue to be less than 3% annually, since 1999.
 
The Neighborhood Network (NN) and iLink are award-winning approaches that are generating excitement and growing across Kansas and throughout the country.
CEO Comments
GoodLife has earned a national reputation in disseminating innovative service approaches that meet the needs of those with barriers to independence. GoodLife's models and services have been developed and refined across a quarter century of research, practice and refinement. GoodLife's success can be attributed to a strong partnership between a very deep, talented pool of professional staff, a 35-year research/clinical/practicum partnership with faculty from the University of Kansas, and a strong alliance with families of persons served who participate strongly in the governance of GoodLife.
 
GoodLife has a strong vision of community services for people having great needs and has pioneered this vision into many opportunities for GoodLife and persons served. As a result, GoodLife is well-positioned to continue its leadership, locally and nationally. The entrepreneurial funding earned from outreach efforts are used to improve local services and reinvest into research and development of cutting edge approaches.
 
GoodLife has met a very great challenge by serving people with great needs in an area of Kansas where costs are 18% higher than the statewide average. It is amazing that services of such quality can be provided under available funding. GoodLife’s resourcefulness and pioneering spirit are boundless. GoodLife's financial sustainability has been demonstrated clearly across 40 years. Additionally, GoodLife has worked very hard to leverage technology in support of its mission, building technology approaches into our service models from the ground up in order to reimagine what’s possible for independence.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Michael C. Strouse
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 371
Paid Part-Time Staff 119
Volunteers 93
Board Chair
Board Chair Edward "Trip" Frizell
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jan Bowen-Sheldon, Ph.D., JD
Nancy Brady, Ph.D., CCC-Sp
John Conner, JD
Florence DiGennaro-Reed, Ph.D., BCBA/D
Claudia L. Dozier, Ph.D., BCBA/D
Edward "Trip" Frizell, JD
Lawrence C. Gates, JD
David Ginardi
Steven Gish
Marilyn Hammond
Laurie Holmes, RN
Tim James, MA
Sylvia Lautzenheiser
Pamela Neidert, Ph.D, BCBA/D
Jim Peine
Daryl Perry
Anne Perry, MSW, MPH
Christine Rolston
James A. Sherman, Ph.D., BCBA/D
Ellen F. Spake, Ph.D.
Lanny Tate
Robert Watchinski, CPA
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sharon Jerwick
Sean Miller
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Form 990s
Detailed Financials
 
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Goodlife Innovations, Inc.
Address 11627 W. 79th Street.
Lenexa, KS 662141488
Primary Phone (913) 225-8900
Contact Email info@mygoodlife.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael C. Strouse
Board Chair Edward "Trip" Frizell
Year of Incorporation 2017
Former Names
Community Living Opportunities, Inc. (CLO)