Serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1971.

SLI Programs & Services

Community Living Program

Community Living Program began in 1972 with the opening of the first home, which provided a residential home for twelve men and women from Topeka and surrounding areas. Today, we serve over 100 men and women living in 21 homes owned by SLI.

We provide services for our clients 24/7/365 days a year with a family home atmosphere. The services include a safe home, trained staff, transportation, medical supplies, nutritional meals and the opportunity for the residents to do activities together.

Community Integration Program

Community Integration Program (day services) focuses on life-enhancing activities, active learning and community involvement. The program keeps individuals engaged in activities, volunteering in the community, learning daily living skills and teaching responsibility.

The program is designed to:

  • keep them engaged in a variety of activities
  • choose learning experiences
  • volunteer in the community
  • learn nutrition
  • learn daily living skills
  • teach responsibility

We offer services that reflects the individual’s interest and supports their individual growth. All areas of life are valued and are part of the program agenda. We look at nutrition, daily living skills, fun, responsibility, relationships, exercise and personal interest knowing good emotional and physical health makes the lives of our persons served better.

Below are stories of our persons served in CIP and how they continue to grow each and every day.

Rena's Story

Rena, a beautiful individual and a resident of SLI, had a lifelong dream of attending a Janet Jackson concert. Rena follows Janet using our Community Integration Program's computer lab and was able to attend a concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City in 2017. With the support of SLI donors and staff, Rena’s dream came true! ServPro also donated a night’s stay in Kansas City for Rena and staff.

If one were to ask any question about Janet Jackson, Rena would have a very interesting answer. For instance, when asked about her favorite thing about Jackson, Rena responded, “I like the way she dresses, puts on makeup, and presents herself. She’s classy.” Besides listening to Janet Jackson, Rena revealed that she likes to draw and every now and then, enjoys reading. Eating and listening to music outside is quite relaxing to this wonderful resident. The best part about SLI, according to Rena, is the computer room because she can watch her favorite singer in there. Her advice to everyone reading this is: “Janet says everybody needs a retreat place to go to when you’re upset.”

Melissa's Story

Melissa has been a part of SLI for many years at this point. Before becoming a part of the SLI team, Melissa was staying at KNI and the Behavioral Resource team there worked closely with SLI staff to create and implement positive behavior supports that would allow Melissa to live in a community setting.

When Melissa chose to also become a part of CIP, she was known to not want to take part in any activities, not talk to anyone and isolate in a room by herself. The CIP team went to work to see if changing the expectations for participation and the change of setting could assist Melissa to be able to take part in some activities throughout the day.

Melissa was offered activities and her peers talked to her whether she initiate or responded. It was a little confusing for her in the beginning but almost immediately saw positive changes in her life. She still struggles with displaying aggression but the behavior has decreased significantly. Melissa now participates in many activities each day such as walks with the group, art and craft projects and to trips to the store. She continues to grow and want to do more and more!

The above stories tell the SLI story and how the CIP staff supports individuals. Our staff is always looking for ways to offer more opportunities for our persons served to gain independence. With new technology and other resources we are able to build new and motivating experiences into every day. SLI has an accessible computer lab, full kitchen to learn cooking skills and a job coaching program that is a true reflection of the individuals who choose to enroll in our Community Integration Program.

For further information contact:
Tandy Kimbrough
Director of Admissions and Habilitation
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(785) 233-2566

Job Training Program

Job Training Program is provided for clients that commit to a 24-module curriculum that emphasizes work ethics, interview skills and appropriate behavior. This program pays minimum wage with a job coach for individuals that want to find community employment.

The module curriculum is set up with job readiness modules that focus on job development and general vocational skills, a combination of skill building with hands-on learning, class room participation and computer programs. Each client learns what is expected of employees, interview skills, appropriate behavior/grooming, resume building and how to fill out a job application. Clients are encouraged to choose work that appeals to them. Supported employment is giving our clients the opportunity to learn skills within their abilities, make choices and learn responsibility. The programs three work areas include janitorial, auto detailing and landscaping.

Alan's Story

When the SLI Supported Employment program began, it consisted of one cleaning crew that worked at the SLI office. Since then, the program has seen tremendous growth and is now comprised of cleaning, car detailing and landscaping crews.

The cleaning crew has expanded out into the community with cleaning the Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) office building twice a week. They dust, clean and vacuum the offices, hallways, main areas and board room.

Alan, a member of the cleaning crew since it was formed in late 2013, enjoys being able to work in the community. “It is different than working at the SLI office building because they don’t know us as well, and we don’t know them as well either. It is close to what it would be like at a regular job,” said Alan. He has applied for jobs in the community and interviewed, but has yet to find the right job. While he continues to look for jobs outside of the Supported Employment Program, he learned the skills and knowledge to succeed as part of the SLI cleaning crew.

Max Wilson, Interim Executive Director of PARS, is more than impressed with the SLI cleaning crew. “We are very pleased with the SLI cleaning crew. They are courteous, efficient and thorough and often times we do not even know they are here. We take pride in our building due to a lot of people in and out because of workshops and other activities. The SLI cleaning crew has greatly helped to improve that appearance. We are grateful for their hard work and for the opportunity to support SLI individuals in their learning,” said Max.

The growth of the SLI Supported Employment Program has just started. “I hope that by working at PARS it helps improve the public view of SLI. All of the volunteering and different jobs show how hard of workers we can be,” said Alan.

Targeted Case Management

Targeted Case Management is dedicated to ensuring children and adults are achieving their goals. Case managers assist 216 clients to identify and maintain eligible state and federal funding, develop person centered support plans and advocate for medical services. SLI has access to professionals trained and educated for autism spectrum disorders, mental health and behavioral supports and planning.

We have trained SLI staff in social work, psychology, human services education, professionals with nursing education and a licensed mental health technician. The Targeted Case Management program works with each person served to best suit their needs. We offer services that reflect individual interest and support individual growth. All areas of life are valued and are part of the program agenda.

Frequently Asked Questions about Targeted Case Management

Who are the services for?

SLI serves individuals 5 and up with intellectual disabilities.

What will a Sheltered Living case manager do for my family?

The SLI Case Manager will:

  1. assess your loved one to verify if they are eligible and determine service need
  2. develop a specific support care plan tailored to their needs
  3. do a referral and look at related activities such as how to obtain services and schedule appointments as needed
  4. monitor and follow-up on activities.

How do I start?

You call Shawnee County Community Developmental Disabilities at 785-232-5097. They will assist you to determine eligibility and give you a list of providers in Shawnee County if eligibility is approved.  SLI, also, can help you set up appointments as needed. 

Did you know?

You have the right to be involved in transitioning your child between schools which include:

  1. stating your preference in schools and classroom environments.
  2. requesting additional services specific to your child's needs.
  3. if your child may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  4. if your child may be eligible for KanCare.
  5. if your child may be eligible for Social Security.

Terri's Story

Terri has been a part of Sheltered Living since 2011 and receives TCM services from us. Terri had been living with her mother who deceased and then started living by herself . During that time she rarely went anywhere outside of the home or had any contact with anyone who was not family.

Once Terri began receiving TCM services from SLI, planning was focused on developing her self identity and connecting her and connecting her with health and mental health providers. Because she is now effectively treated , she has been participating in many SLI activities and volunteering weekly at the Helping Hands Humane Society. She is now using public transportation on her own, Shopping for herself, budgeting and takes more pride in her appearance. Overall her life has greatly expanded and is a much happier person!

For further information contact:
Tim Gorton
Director of Support Services
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(785) 233-2566

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