CALO - Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 47
Checked October 2, 2011
Open.gif Opened 2007

CALO - Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks is a behavior modification program located on Verbena Road, Lake Ozark, Missouri [1]

The program was founded in 2007 [2]

They can detain 48 teenagers [2]

The length of the program is 12-18 months [2]

Program Structure

The program has 4 levels[3]. They are named:

Level Name Issues which are in focus
Trust of Care (The Sun) Create the beginnings of trust in students
Help the students have humility and vulnerability during their treatment by creating a safe physical dependence on CALO staff
Meet the physical needs of each student with the belief that fairness is getting what you need, not what you earn
Trust of Control (The Earth) P.L.A.C.E. (Playful, Loving, Accepting, Curious, and Empathetic), Connection-Break-Repair (cycle of a healthy relationship), Vulnerability, Rhythm Control, Transferable Attachment (using canines), Cycles/Patterns, Closeness vs. consequence, Time-in vs. Time-out, Emotional “holding” (figurative not literal holding), Acceptance during exploration, Healing from past, Core beliefs, Give students permission to feel without violence, Shame (person) vs. Guilt (behavior), Modeling, Accept students on their level (emotional, mental, spiritual, etc.), Safe touch
Trust of Self (The Water) Self-regulation, Autonomy without power/control struggles, Asking & seeking for closeness, Self-reflection, Practicing a healthier working model, Preparing for home life, Less sabotage
Interdependence (The Tree) Empathy, Integrated, healthy working model, Reciprocity, Desire to repair breaks in relationships, Realizes that treatment never ends: “Manage” vs. “Cure”, Systemic thought


  • September 2009 it was reported that a 16 year old girl had escaped the facility [4]. She was found safe not far from the facility [5]
  • Another boy ran away in July. He has never located [6] and passed away December 2010.

External links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards


  1. The area around the facility on Google maps
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 Datasheet on the NATSAP server
  3. Our Attachment Treatment Model, homepage of the program
  4. Parents search for missing teen, by Joyce L. Miller,
  5. Teen found: Runaway from lake center located after woman sees photo in local media, By Deanna Wheeler,, September 16 2009
  6. Thomas Victor Riley, missing and exploited kids
    CALO Runaway - Tom Riley, a thread on Fornits webforum