Developing Potential, Inc.
251 NW Executive Way
Suite 200
Lee's Summit MO 64063
DPI program participants work on a project
DPI consumers practice valuable job skills

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 525-6000 101
Mission Statement
The mission of Developing Potential, Inc. is to provide quality day habilitation services to adults with developmental disabilities and support those individuals to reach their potential and achieve a dignified adult lifestyle.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Case
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Malloy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Grandview School District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Developing Potential, Inc. is to provide quality day habilitation services to adults with developmental disabilities and support those individuals to reach their potential and achieve a dignified adult lifestyle.
Background Statement

Developing Potential Inc. (DPI) was founded in 1993 to provide quality day services to adults with developmental disabilities in the Kansas City area, allowing them to reach their full potential and achieve a dignified adult lifestyle. DPI began with one location in KC serving eight individuals. Since then, the agency has expanded to two other locations (Independence and Lee’s Summit) and is currently serving approximately 150 people. 

The individuals DPI serves represent some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Adults with developmental disabilities such as these face additional challenges in finding programs that help them develop as individuals; in the state of Missouri, school districts offer physical and occupational therapy services to people with developmental disabilities until they reach the age of 21. After the age of 21, services end abruptly, resulting in an already vulnerable population being left without necessary services.

Nearly all of the individuals we serve have severe or profound developmental disabilities. Many also have complex co-occurring medical conditions that must be monitored and addressed throughout the day. DPI employs an innovative medical service model that utilizes a full-time registered nurse to address complex medical conditions, and to train program staff regarding these conditions. 

Developing Potential supports adults with developmental disabilities through both onsite and offsite Day Service activities. The Day Services program works onsite with individuals to accomplish personal development goals and build skills in areas like cognition, self-expression, self-care, and others. During offsite activities, Day Services participants go out into the community with staff members to be better connected with their communities, and to build up their independence. DPI’s Employment Connections program helps adults with developmental disabilities find competitive jobs in the community.
DPI is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a voluntary program that exceeds standards set by the state. The agency renewed its accreditation in early 2014. In addition, DPI was honored to receive the eitas Innovation/Excellence in Service and Support in April 2009, and a Certificate of Achievement in April 2012, demonstrating DPI’s dedication to helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve the highest possible levels of independence and dignity.
Impact Statement

2016 was another year of accomplishments here at DPI. We received our seventh three-year CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation in November. This is the highest level of accreditation CARF allows. We were accredited for both our Day Services program and our Employment Connections program. CARF’s report included the following: “Staff members are very involved in creating person-centered connections and developing excellent rapport with individuals served…DPI employs a sound approach to quality improvement and growth…Overall, the level of detail in and comprehensiveness of many of DPI’s plans and data collection processes are quite remarkable for an organization its size.”

DPI also received a Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustment for our Day Services program for the first time since we opened in 1993. While the increase helps, our current reimbursement rate for group day services is still over 25% short of the state maximum for these types of services. We will continue to advocate for rate adjustments to meet our growing operational costs and parity with other similar service providers.

Our Health and Wellness program continues to raise quality of life for our participants. One of our individuals has lost over 20 pounds, and several others have much better mobility due to activities like Yoga.

During 2016, we were also able to acquire several additional vehicles to support our community integration activities. Providing our own flexible transportation services is crucial to the individuals we serve being able to experience their communities.

For 2017, our goals include doubling the size of our Employment Connections program from 16 to 32 participants. We will also seek to increase community visibility and build our base of individual donors to lay the groundwork for a successful capital campaign to begin later this year. DPI will continue enhancing our medical model through effective staff training and development.
Needs Statement

During 2017, Developing Potential will begin a $2.5 million capital campaign to construct a new facility or renovate an existing one in eastern Jackson County by June of 2020. The universally accessible building will include space for a therapist office to provide mental health counseling both to individuals at DPI and to other members of the DD community. To make this vision a reality, DPI will expand the Friends of DPI program, a circle of individual donors who recognize DPI’s value for individuals and their families. Individual contributions will be the foundation on which the new facility is built.

Another major goal for 2017 is to double the number of Employment Connections (EC) participants ($50,000). Many people with developmental disabilities (DD) want to work in the community. As more adults with DD learn about work opportunities, the waiting list (which now stands at 25) will continue to grow.

We will also continue with our Increase Access to Services program. This health and wellness approach provides medical supports (which are not reimbursable through Medicaid) beyond the abilities of many adult day services providers, and helps our individuals experience a better quality of life ($186,000).
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Personal Social Services
Family Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As the founder and executive director of Developing Potential, I am so proud of what we have accomplished in 2016, and I’m excited to meet the challenges ahead in 2017. As an organization, we are continually reminded of the importance of what we do by the faces of the people we serve, and by the words of thanks and encouragement from their families.

Our service to those individuals and families has never been more necessary. In the last five years, the number of people age 18 to 64 in Jackson County has risen less than 1%, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. In that same time, the number of people age 18 to 64 with a cognitive difficulty (the best Census Bureau category for developmental disabilities) has increased by over 15%. Local funding for people with developmental disabilities largely comes from real estate and sales taxes, which go up and down with population. So, while local funding for developmental disability services hasn’t seen much increase in the past several years, the need for those services has increased substantially.

To help us meet the increased need, we finally received a rate adjustment for our group onsite day services. We at DPI express our sincere gratitude to the advocates and legislators who recognized this need and helped make the rebasing happen. There is still work to be done, as our rate is only 75% of the maximum allowable rate. Given the relatively high needs of the individuals we serve, we feel a higher rate is reasonable, and we will continue to advocate and educate our state representatives about this need.

We were also very happy to receive another full accreditation from CARF, the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This 3-year accreditation, which has significantly higher standards than those of the state, is the highest level CARF provides. In the most recent report, auditors noted, “DPI employs a sound approach to quality improvement and growth…DPI is commended for including individuals served in the activities of its various committees…DPI’s human resource activities are based on a foundation of a well-defined policies and procedures.” We are proud of CARF’s ongoing recognition of the quality of our services, and how we work day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of the people and families we serve.
Description The Day Services program is at the heart of our service to individuals and families. Our program staff work with the individuals served and their families to set goals each year in areas like self-care, including cooking, hygiene, and personal appearance; health and fitness, including smoking cessations, weight, and flexibility; cognition, including memory, writing, and basic math; and many others. All program activities are built around each person’s choices and preferences. The program consists of both onsite and offsite activities. Onsite activities include healthy cooking classes, arts and crafts projects for self-expression, physical activities like dance and yoga, flexibility exercises, and much more. Offsite activities let people practice their skills, and include activities like going to restaurants, grocery shopping, and volunteering with community organizations. Our advanced medical model supports all individuals, even with complex needs, to experience better health.
Program Budget $4,734,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, Adults,
Short-Term Success

Each year, we focus on different outcomes as defined by the Missouri Quality Outcomes. In 2017, DPI will focus on the following: MQO #14 – People are supported to attain physical wellness; MQO #1 – People belong to their community; MQO #7 – People are provided support in a manner that creates a positive image; and MQO #3 – People have valued roles in their family and in their community.

Success indicators include the following:

  • MQO #14 – At least 60% of ambulatory individuals will participate in Yoga posture activities.
  • MQO #1 - At least 60% of participants will go out into the community at least once per quarter, with at least 35% of those individuals going to two new places.
  • MQO #7 – The Body & Mind club will meet once per month, and will address body image, positive self-awareness, and relaxation and stress relief at least once per quarter.
  • MQO #3 – At least 80% of people choosing to participate in service activities will do so at least once per quarter.

Long-Term Success

Our long-term goal is for each client to discover their full potential and develop as much independence and adult dignity as possible. The Day Services program helps each participant enjoy a meaningful day with activities that help them express who they are, and that help them become who they want to be. While this goal is not directly measurable, one way we can determine whether or not we’re delivering quality programs is to look at our Satisfaction Survey we administer to participants each year. We consider the program a long-term success when 100% of our survey respondents either agree or strongly agree that they are receiving effective services from DPI. We also consider the program a success when no participants choose to leave DPI because they are dissatisfied with the quality of services.

Program Success Monitored By
Developing Potential’s Director of Operations, Kari Wiss, maintains a highly-detailed and specific outcome tracking system. Each month, Kari makes sure all program staff are aware of the indicators they are to be measuring, and records the numbers the direct service staff members report for the various individual measures of success.
Kari is also responsible for creating the Satisfaction Survey each year, and oversees the administration of the survey with input from leadership, and the board of directors. She collects and collates all survey data from multiple stakeholders, including individuals and families, guardians, and case managers overseeing an individual’s entire plan of care. She analyzes the aggregate survey data and reports the results to the Executive Director, who then reports it to the Board of Directors and other stakeholders. This year, DPI provided an electronic survey at the annual planning meeting via IPAD to assist with ease of taking the survey.
Examples of Program Success Perhaps the most telling measure of the program’s success is the feedback collected on the annual Satisfaction Survey. DPI provides a service that is valuable not only to the individuals served, but to their families. Most participants at DPI live in their natural homes with their families. Oftentimes, their family members work during the day, with their loved ones getting quality care at DPI. These families value DPI, and often express this on the annual survey. Examples include the following: “You guys just keep doing what you’re doing. I think (my daughter) gets the very best of care. I can’t ask for more. Thank you.” And, “Very pleased with all aspects of the day program from DPI. Makes individual feel accepted and self-worth with a purpose to get up and participate in the program.” And finally, “DPI does everything to put the person first – The individual’s life is better because of DPI!!!”
Description In 2017, DPI will double the capacity of its Employment Connections (EC) program. The program uses the evidence-based practice of Supported Employment to help adults with developmental disabilities find competitive jobs in the community. The EC program guides people in identifying their strengths, interests, and needs. Staff help them develop resumes and visit potential job sites to see what tasks the person might enjoy doing. Once a person obtains a job, staff continue coaching participants. This ongoing coaching not only involves extensive contact between the Specialist and the participant, but also between the employer and the Specialist. By maintaining regular contact with both the participant and the employer, the Specialist can facilitate the best possible environment for the participant to thrive and be a contributing part of the business. This empowers the participant to take on more responsibility and independence, and provides financial stability and independence as well.
Program Budget $156,000.00
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

DPI considers the program a success in the short-term when participants complete the discovery process and go on to secure competitive employment. During the latter half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, the Employment Connections program will grow to serve at least 32 participants. 

  • All new program participants (100%) will improve their employability by completing an in-depth discovery process to identify their strengths and interests, and will have a comprehensive and presentable resume.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of participants who weren’t already employed will secure employment within six months of entering the program.
  • Ninety-five percent (95%) of participants who secure employment will still be employed three months after employment. Eighty-five percent (85%) will be employed six months later, and at least 75% will be employed one year later.
  • One-hundred percent (100%) of participating employers will express satisfaction with their involvement in the program. 


Long-Term Success The long-term goal of the Employment Connections program is for individuals to thrive in competitive, community-based jobs in order to find meaning and fulfillment, to contribute to their own finances, and to become community ambassadors for all people with developmental disabilities. We consider the program a long-term success when program participants maintain employment for at least a year. A person may leave a job due to changing circumstances, but if that person seeks and finds another job within six weeks of ending employment at a previous job, that is also a sign of long-term program success. At least 60% of program participants will maintain employment for at least one year, either at a single employer or multiple employers.
Program Success Monitored By
DPI’s extensive program outcome evaluation system is based on CARF standards for program evaluation indicators for health of an organization. DPI also utilizes Missouri Quality Outcomes to guide DPI’s goals and objectives for effectiveness, efficiencies, satisfaction and access to our programs. DPI’s Director of Operations, is responsible for tracking success indicators for all agency programming outcomes. The Executive Director is responsible for measuring financial and business indicators.
Each month, Employment Connections Specialists submit a report for each of the individuals they directly support. The Director of Operations aggregates these monthly reports to fill in the appropriate measures in the organizational outcomes spreadsheet to determine if the program is on track to meet its goals. This information is shared and reviewed to determine what is working well and if any goals or strategies need to be updated or modified.
Examples of Program Success
Anthony is one of the Employment Connections program’s original participants. He is a 24-year-old man with a developmental disability. He worked for a Lee’s Summit-area computer repair company, and loved his job. In 2014, the owner of the company decided to retire. This left Anthony in a difficult situation. Anthony’s Community Employment Specialist, Angela Clark, helped Anthony review his skills, polish up his resume, and look for a job that would use all he had learned over the last few years.
Angela was instrumental in helping Anthony identify and evaluate potential employers. Angela and Anthony had the opportunity to meet Matt, the owner of Velocity Computer Tech, LLC. Matt agreed to consider Anthony for a position. In 2015, Anthony joined the Velocity team. Anthony’s willingness to accept new challenges and seek out new opportunities, combined with his Employment Specialist’s constant encouragement and advocacy, has increased his self-sufficiency and brightened his future.
CEO Comments

There are so many great stories here at DPI. Each person has their own perspective on life, their own identity, and their own hopes and dreams. We work with each individual, along with their family or caregivers, to help them achieve those dreams. We take a holistic approach, focusing on the Body, Mind, and Spirit of the individuals we support to build strength, foster independence, and be a vehicle for changing lives. Our programs are making this a reality, as we guide and encourage our participants to become their best selves.

As the individuals and families with whom we work strive to overcome challenges in their lives, we also strive to continue providing effective supports in the face of large-scale challenges. Missouri’s governor recently submitted a budget to the Missouri legislature that included a 1.5% reduction in reimbursements to Medicaid service providers. This might seem trivial, but a 1.5% cut to our DMH revenue creates substantial needs at our organization. This will put further pressure on our personnel budget, and make it that much more difficult to recruit and retain dedicated and qualified team members.

We’re also dealing with the effects of relatively low unemployment along with rising demand for caregiver services. Direct care staff persons are in increasing demand at providers like senior assisted living facilities. The demand for these facilities is growing as our population continues to age, and the pay at these senior centers is often considerably higher than at most developmental disability providers. We continue to develop other funding sources to supplement other areas of need, like program supplies and transportation expenses, in order to put more resources toward our direct care staff members.

In spite of these challenges, it is an exciting time for Developing Potential. We’ve met with many area foundations to build up interest in our “Becoming our Best Selves” capital campaign. We continue to be strong advocates on the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities board. We’ve helped educate and inform Missouri legislators through a very successful legislative tour of our Independence facility. Our program participants are actively engaging in their communities as volunteers who take the time to help others. And our Employment Connections participants are showing people throughout the KC metro that people with developmental disabilities have the ability not just to work, but to thrive as effective members of excellent businesses. We are proud of their achievements, and look forward to the future.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Case
Term Start July 1993
Compensation N/A
Experience Rebecca Case, Executive Director, founded Developing Potential in 1993. In its first year, DPI served eight individuals at one location in downtown Kansas City. In three years, they reached capacity at that site and opened a second facility in Independence, Missouri. DPI currently serves about 150 individuals at sites in Kansas City, Independence and Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Ms. Case has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in administration. She is a member of the Missouri Association of Residential Facilities (MARF) and serves on the Board of Directors. Under her leadership, DPI received its first national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in 1998. The agency has received the highest level of accreditation possible at each survey. DPI also received recognition for exemplary performance in advocacy and program planning by CARF, and in 2011 received the Innovation/Excellence in Services and Supports Award from Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations for Programming
Experience/Biography Kari holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology fromthe University of Central Missouri and has been with Developing Potential since1999.Kari provides training to staff and ensures compliance with regulatory bodies.  Kari is a CertifiedTrainer for Therap and assists with implementation of the Therap program at DPI. She is a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor and a member of the Heart of America Gentle Teaching Mentoring Network.
Title Business Manager
Experience/Biography Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Rockhurst University. Since joining DPI in 2002, she has been responsible for the business functions of the organization, and brings expertise in the areas of accounting and billing management.
Title Program Director

Lori is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in social work. She was drawn to a career in this field after seeing the impact that therapists and other amazing people had on her twin brother, Kevin, who has cerebral palsy. Lori joined DPI in 2001 as a Qualified Developmental Disability Specialist, and now serves as Program Director. In this role, she oversees all program services.

Title Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP)
Experience/Biography Stacy serves as theQDDP for DPI’s Kansas City location. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University. Stacy has been with DPI since 2000 and is a member of the National QDDP Association where she serves as part of a team to build QDDP relationships throughout Jackson County.
Title Qualified Developmeanl Disability Professional (QDDP)

Brittian recently joined DPI as the QDDP for the Lee’s Summit service site, but has been supporting individuals with developmental disabilities since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Drury University.

Title Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP)
Paid Full-Time Staff 35
Paid Part-Time Staff 25
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 20
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 76
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 100
Male 0
Not Specified 0
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
DPI works with the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Regional Office (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and with area school districts allows us to reach individuals with developmental disabilities who are nearing the age of 21 – the age at which they will lose services through the public school system. DPI meets with these individuals and their families and shares information about the services available to them at Developing Potential.
DPI’s Day Services program's offsite activities are successful in large part because of the wide array of activities that enable us to match offsite opportunities with the interests of each person served. We are grateful for relationships with local agencies such as Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Harvesters Food Bank, Carmel Hills Nursing Home, local animal shelters, Elm Grove School, the Lee's Summit school district, and Coldwater of Lee's Summit. These are just a few of the organizations that provide opportunities for these we serve to be a part of their community.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2004
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2007
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2010
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2014
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation2017
Exemplary Conformance to Standard - AdvocacyCommission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities2004
Exemplary Conformance to Standard - Program PlanningCommission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities2007
Innovation/Excellence in Services and Supports AwardDevelopmental Disability Services of Jackson County - EITAS2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Malloy
Company Affiliation Grandview School District
Term July 2016 to July 2019
Board Members
Mr. Bill Gibbs Open Door Baptist Ministries
Dr. Steve Johnson Nall Chruch of the Nazarene
Ms. Ruth Lehr Law Office of S. Ruth Lehr
Ms. Sheryl Malloy William Chrisman High School
Mr. Mark Michael Acosta Sales and Marketing
Mr. James Mitchum Developing Potential, Inc.
Mr. George Pickering Corporate Resource Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 4
Standing Committees
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,949,741
Projected Expenses $3,949,741
Endowment Value $12,704
Form 990s
2016 DPI 990
2015 DPI 990
2014 DPI 990
2013 DPI 990
2012 DPI 990
2011 DPI 990
2010 DPI 990
2009 DPI 990
2008 DPI 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,352($31,661)$632
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$35,627$44,190$3,445
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,477,767$2,479,454$2,378,790
Administration Expense$232,397$197,931$222,599
Fundraising Expense$24,120$2,025$4,640
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.021.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,616,479$1,548,245$1,508,521
Current Assets$938,524$834,653$795,956
Long-Term Liabilities$606,407$636,707$633,212
Current Liabilities$26,275$6,864$23,017
Total Net Assets$983,797$904,674$852,292
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.72121.6034.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets38%41%42%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
DPI currently serves more than 150 individuals, but its waiting list for these services is now at 71 and continues to grow each year by 15%. In order to meet this growing need, DPI is planning to purchase property and build a new facility or renovate an existing one in a location that is close to current and potential participants.
A new facility will provide approximately 18,000 square-feet for additional on-site services in a universally designed, integrated community center atmosphere. The new building will provide access to more people in the Jackson County area, reducing DPI’s wait list by 50%. The new facility will also offer expanded services to individuals and their families. Based on extensive demographic research, we have determined that a new, centrally-located facility is needed in Jackson County to fully reach the highest concentration of current and potential participants.
Goal $2,500,000.00
Dates Apr 2017 to May 2019
Amount Raised to Date $10,000.00 as of May 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
One of DPI's major financial challenges is the State of Missouri's Fee for Service model of payment for the services provided. The current rates do not cover the cost of providing services. More than half of the people DPI supports require one-on-one staff support with basic functions such as using the restroom and eating, requiring a significant investment in staff support in order to provide the basic services needed. In addition, the people DPI serves require medical and physical/occupational/speech therapy supports, but the cost for those supports is not covered.

DPI actively seeks grant funding to cover the cost of these essential services and maintain the highest standard of care. DPI receives funding from Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County and receives Medicaid reimbursements through the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

One way we can improve our financial stability is by serving more individuals at a new facility in eastern Jackson County. To accomplish this, we are embarking on the "Becoming our Best Self" capital campaign. We need a new facility that is designed for universal accessibility and can increase our capacity to serve a growing number of adults with developmental disabilities. In the last five years, the number of 18 to 64-year-olds with developmental disabilities in Jackson County has increased by over 15%, while the general population of Jackson County in that age group has increased by less than 1%. And not only do we need to provide services for this growing population, but we must also provide them in such as way as to maximize the degree to which our participants interact with the broader community. This will need to go beyond excursions to restaurants and bowling alleys; we will need to find ways to help those we serve have meaningful interactions and sustained relationships with people from the broader community. We will design our new facility to serve as a community center, with space for community events and activities to meet this need. 

I take great pride in the commitment of our staff and board to continue to provide the highest quality services for these individuals. Adults with developmental disabilities, and particularly those with significant co-occurring medical issues, have very few options for day services in the Kansas City area. There is no better support for this statement than the fact that DPI has more than 70 individuals on a waiting list for services. We continue to increase our efforts in pursuing grant funding and exploring ways to diversify our revenue.
Organization Name Developing Potential, Inc.
Address 251 NW Executive Way
Suite 200
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Primary Phone (816) 525-6000101
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Case
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Malloy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Grandview School District
Year of Incorporation 1993