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By Gary Larcenaire, CEO & President

How You Can Help a Child with Autism

Julia Hood, Director of the Carmen B. Pingree Center

The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning provides comprehensive treatment, education and related services for children with autism and their families. We use and develop best practices, validated by research, while treating students and their families with dignity and respect. We partner with families, universities, service agencies, the government and our community to assist those affected by autism. We undertake and support research to better understand autism, its causes, and the most effective treatments and interventions for individuals with autism.

The Pingree Center provides treatment based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).  This is a very intensive and expensive treatment, but it is the most evidence-based treatment for individuals with autism.  Due to the extensive cost of this type of treatment, we rely on donations to help make the treatment accessible to the families we serve.

We are constantly raising resources, money and awareness to help the children who come to the Pingree Center become successful.  We utilize donations to help us provide the necessary treatment, resources and support for the families we serve.  We host monthly parent education nights that provide information on various topics that are beneficial for the parents.  We also provide child care so the parents can attend without having to find a babysitter.

We also purchase necessary items for the classrooms, including general school supplies and therapeutic tools and resources.  For example, we use iPads as a communication device. Many of our children are nonverbal or have significant communication deficits. The programs the iPads offer can help them effectively communicate with their families and the classroom staff.  We have used donations to purchase the web-based curriculum, Rethink, which is a program based on the principles of ABA. This program has helped the individuals we serve make great progress toward their individual goals.  We also purchase other necessary items for the classrooms, including general school supplies and therapeutic tools and resources.

The donations we receive are utilized to directly benefit the children and families served by the Pingree Center.  We are grateful for the donations we’ve received and continue to receive to help us provide the best treatment possible.  This treatment makes it possible for the children to make great progress that is significant and meaningful for them and their families.

The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Foundation works to raise necessary funds for the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. In doing so, we are consistently seeking individual and business sponsors who are enthusiastic about changing the lives of individuals with autism and being a part of a passion driven team.

Being a sponsor for the Pingree Autism Center revolves entirely around your interests and level of involvement. Whether you are interested in solely providing monetary support for sponsorship or interested in gathering a team of individuals to complete a project together, we are interested in working with you. Sponsorship opportunities vary and can range anywhere from sponsoring a classroom, to sponsoring a community project or event.  Currently, we are heavily focused on finding sponsors to help enhance the Pingree Center, by updating our playground and field area to create an efficient and fun environment for our students.

Benefits for sponsorships may vary per project, but may range from public recognition to a plaque displayed at the Center recognizing you and/or your company for the academic year.  We believe that our sponsors deserve to be recognized for their willingness to change the lives of our students and, therefore, we are committed to ensuring generous benefits.

If you are interested in sponsoring an area of our Center, a community project or event, we want to talk with you! Benefits and requirements of sponsorship will be available upon request. Information may be requested via email: [email protected] or by phone: 801-263-7191. We look forward to working with you!

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Autism Treatment Center

Autism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental conditions that affect a child’s ability to communicate and interact. Children with autism often have very limited interests and activities. All of these conditions can result in social, occupational, and educational challenges.

The Pingree Center is the first in Utah to offer two at-home programs for children of all ages with autism. Each program is created after first becoming acquainted and familiarized with the child. A customized curriculum is then prepared around their specific needs depending on their individualized assessment.

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The Pingree Center is located at 780 South Guardsman Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108 – #888-949-4864

By Gary Larcenaire, CEO & President

Valley’s Semi Annual 2018 Update

2018 is shaping up to be a pretty thrilling year for Valley!

Valley’s recently launched ValleyEPIC program is nearly at capacity and is already making a difference in people’s lives.

Soon primary care will be made available to our customers on site to ensure comprehensive care and integrated health monitoring.

ValleyLab is seeking licensure which will permit external lab services to community partners and further diversify our funding streams.

Our ValleyFit Clinic has provided several hundred physicals and is a really appreciated resource for our employees and their families. Believe it or not, it is almost Fall and soon ValleyFit will be gearing up for cold and flu season as well as physicals for back to school activities.

ValleyRx should be making medications conveniently available to clients and employees in September. The buildout looks gorgeous and I am thrilled we are adding this resource to our service array.

The Pingree Center of Learning will be expanding soon! We have negotiated the sale of a perfectly located property where we will build a “state-of-the-art” program for adults challenged with autism.

Highland Springs Specialty Clinic continues to grow rapidly. We are expanding in Lehi this year and are actively exploring Idaho markets as well.

Valley’s call center fields an average of nearly 10k calls per month and the recent technology modernization initiative is paying off nicely in terms of data insights and improved customer service.

Our significant investment in technology is paying dividends as performance insights are becoming clearer and opportunities for improvement are illuminated.

Valley’s “pay for performance” and our significant investment in talent acquisition and staff retention are making a big difference for our workforce.

Finding top talent and retaining highly qualified, passionate employees is a top priority.

Compensation certainly plays a part, but career development and transparent communications are critical.

Valley’s significant restructuring more than a year ago is nearly solidified and employees are reporting much higher levels of satisfaction with the support they are getting from all levels of the company.

Our IT team is the best I’ve ever experienced.

Our Property Management, Grants and Contracts, Revenue Cycle, and Accounting are first in class.

ValleyAcademy will kick off this Fall and will select only the most elite and engaged employees to complete the coursework and lead system improvement and best practice use, system-wide. Leadership training will be more formalized this Fall as we ensure we are all using the same proven management techniques and not falling into the “theory-x-trap.”

Staff Development and Marketing are amazing teams and their merger with HR is proving to be a really good decision. Together, they will be an unstoppable force to support the teams that serve most closely to customer care.

Valley is a vibrant company and our teams are always tightening their processes.

2018 and forward will see ever-improving services and outcomes for those we serve. I am truly blessed to help lead this amazing company, made great by our skilled and committed workforce, our great partners, and of course our cherished customers.

I have welcomed a new NEO class yet again this week and somehow they just get better and better!!

 

Best,

Gary

 

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By Gary Larcenaire, CEO & President

Looking Ahead: 2017

Gary Larcenaire, CEO Valley Behavioral Health

 

We have an ambitious agenda for Valley and its affiliated brands in 2017!

We will strive to pivot from defining outcomes exclusively as “the absence of something bad happening”
such as a suicide or hospitalization, to a focus on improving daily functioning and the quality of the lives
our clients lead.

System-wide communication improvement, expansion, and technological advances will consume
most of our focus as we develop greater agility and gain more nimble organizational adaptation in
2017.

Highland Springs will unveil and launch a significant technological advancement in Q3 which has been
under development for the past year.

Our Highland Springs Orem Clinic will be state of the art and fully operational in Q2, with another
launch in an area-yet to be selected- by Q4. Highland Springs will unveil and launch a significant
technological advancement in Q3 which has been under development for the past year.
Our Leadership and Advocacy Task Force at the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning will
work collaboratively to identify service needs and develop programs for our children with autism
as they grow into adulthood.

Valley has made significant strides in aligning employee and customer experiences to ensure those
experiences are consistent with our core values.

We will work collaboratively to identify service needs and develop programs for our children with
autism as they grow into adulthood.
We will continue to work toward a fully integrated behavioral/primary care clinic in West Valley.
Our wellness committee will continue to lead innovation in wellness and develop insurance coverage
arrangements which are fully congruent to Valley’s core values. In 2017 our marketing will become
more focused on how it returns value and educates our communities.

We will work collaboratively to identify service needs and develop programs for our children with
autism as they grow into adulthood.

We will continue to improve access to services in our schools and will continue our efforts to ensure
that all programs are focused on measurable clinical outcomes for all of the conditions that we treat.
We will strive to pivot from defining outcomes exclusively as “the absence of something bad
happening” such as a suicide or hospitalization, to a focus on improving daily functioning and the
quality of the lives our clients lead.

We will continue to work toward a fully integrated behavioral/primary care clinic in West Valley.

Valley has made significant strides in aligning employee and customer experiences to ensure those
experiences are consistent with our core values. We will get much better in 2017. 2016 was a big year

By Gary Larcenaire, CEO & President

We were active in 2016!

Gary Larcenaire, CEO Valley Behavioral Health

Our Information Technology infrastructure is undergoing a complete refresh which will be completed in the summer of 2017. With the collaboration and support of our many community partners, we have strengthened and expanded services. We added several participating schools to our “on site” counseling program bringing us to 54 schools in 3 counties and we added Tooele as a partner as well! We co-sponsored a community needs assessment with Summit County and were named “Community Partner of the Year” by Canyon’s School District. We have rebuilt our Billing Department to ensure a much more sophisticated commercial insurance collections design. We implemented a community-based treatment program for children and families challenged with the learning barriers that accompany an autism diagnosis. Our marketing and social media initiatives are “on fleek” (look it up or ask a millennial). We fully launched “Slack” an internal communication software that has enhanced communication significantly. After extensive need analysis, we launched a major, state of the art clinic in West Valley. We started a dual executive coaching series to improve the managerial skills across all programs. Our “inspired by helping others” culture donated thousands of dollars in food and school supplies to needy families and cold weather gear to 700 homeless individuals. Valley’s Wellness Program “ValleyFit” is one of the most innovative in the industry and still getting better. We are getting stronger every day and every year. We have changed the way we hire and are reinforcing the culture with every new hire we onboard. Our “communication saturation” initiative and expansive leadership development series will enhance the speed of adaptation and will ensure that Valley and its affiliated brands not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead.

We could not have done all of this without our stakeholders, community partners, our engaged Board of Trustees and our amazing dedicated employees! We thank you all for a great year.

If you want to keep up with what’s happening at Valley, check it out our Facebook, ValleyCares.Com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-larcenaire-9a603455.

 

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