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The Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research is an intensive residential and outpatient services facility.

Our Mission is to serve children affected by autism and other neuro-developmental challenges, by enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential, through the use and research of evidence-based practices. We strive to support and improve the quality of life for children and their families, in the pursuit of health, safety, and independence in their community.


Who we are as an organization

Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research is a program of Residential Opportunities, Inc. (ROI), a nonprofit mental health organization serving Kalamazoo and western Michigan as a leading provider of residential support services for individuals with development disabilities since 1978.

A collaborative effort of ROI and the faculty of the Western Michigan University Department of Psychology, the center provides quality services for children and adults with autism and similar disabilities. Through continuous research into effective interventions, we help to build desirable behavior, and share our research-based knowledge with the medical community.

The program employs specially trained staff, as well as a BCBA-D clinical director with recognized expertise in behavior analysis and autism and related disorders. In addition to providing residential treatment for children, we work with each family to prepare for the child's return.

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