Kala exists to serve the marginalized; those who due to a developmental and mental health diagnosis paired with their individual learning history, struggle to keep themselves and those around them safe.
To set the standard in comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
To eliminate the barrier of isolating and dangerous behaviors so our clients can remain as independent, safe, and social as possible.
To decrease the frequency, duration, and severity of problem behaviors, allowing individuals to remain in the least restrictive environment and in the residence of their choosing across the community around them.
We are a home and community-based program, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and often times, comorbid mental health diagnosis.
At Kala, we believe in taking a system approach within the Applied Behavior Analytic framework, to treating severe problem behaviors. We do this by completing a thorough intake and assessment, followed by the development of a sustainable treatment plan. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Licensed Mental Health Worker, work in tandem to provide wrap around services and behavior intervention plans that are culturally sensitive and person centered, while remaining intensive, prevention, focused, and effective. Through the application of these interventions, clients learn more meaningful and effective methods for obtaining their wants and needs and care providers learn how to encourage more appropriate behavior.
Kala is structured in a tiered service delivery model. Clients progress from tier 1 to tier 3 by decreasing the severity, frequency, and duration of their dangerous behaviors while simulations increasing their replacement and related behavior skills. As they progress through the tiers, training increases with caregivers, and when it is safe to do so, Kala staff involvement fades.
Each client and their care provider begin with an assessment. Assessments are comprised of interview, observation, and/or role playing, geared toward identifying the function or reason why, the individual is engaging in the problem behavior. Client and Caregiver participation in the assessment and treatment is paramount to the development and implementation of successful treatment plans.