• Emerging Discovery

    For everyone we come in contact with,
    we believe in creating a better, everyday life.

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    We opened officially November 27, 2023!

  • Challenging our Friends

    We don't have "Clients"
    We have "Friends!"

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Welcome to Chrysalis

Chrysalis, a new DDA in Coeur d'Alene, serves people who have very low cognitive and/or physical skills to those with extremely high skills but specific challenges. We offer classes from softskills to job training to living everyday. Respect is the key - and we believe everyone coming through our doors has the capability to learn, expand and develop...to EMERGE into something even more beautiful than what they already are!

About Us

Chrysalis' staff is made up of qualified, talented and caring experts who have more than just the 300 years of combined experience - they have a family mindset. There is a reason we do not call our clients, "clients," rather our "friends."

Terri Johnson




Rosanne Yates

Vice President



Paula Witkowski

Program Director


Caring for our Friends!

Chrysalis provides adult developmental therapy, adult day health services, behavioral intervention, children's community based services, community employment services (job development and job coaching), with more to come.


Developmental Therapy Classes

Journeys to Discovery (JTD) is a program that teaches independent living skills to people with intellectual disabilities. People can learn to do more things for themselves, like sewing, first aid, basic sign language, money skills, budgeting, volunteering and how to safely access the community.

Medicaid pays for these therapies. In the past 25 years we have had one raise in Medicaid reimbursement, so we are forced to rely on fundraising to make up the difference. We also take private pay clients that pay the same amount that we would get from Medicaid for this service.

To get started a person centered planning meeting is held with a Chrysalis Developmental Specialist and your Targeted Service Coordinator. At the meeting goals are discussed so that we might best meet the needs of our friends.

Therapy (classes) will be held at Chrysalis or at sites in the community.

  • Personal Care/Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Hygiene & Grooming
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Coping Skills
  • Communication
  • Basic Sign Language
  • Telephone Skills
  • Current Events
  • Self-Identification
  • Community Access
  • Personal Shopping
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Possible Volunteer Opportunities
  • Meal Planning
  • Basic Sewing
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Friendships
  • Men's Group
  • Women's Group
  • Making Choices
  • Problem Solving
  • Basic Money
  • Budgeting
  • Survival Reading
  • Calendar Skills
  • Phone Skills
  • Telling Time/Time Management

Center Program

The Discovery Center program offers a variety of life skills, recreational and leisure activities. We encourage communication and social skills in all of our activities. This program is designed to maintain skills that are already developed. This is completed in a fun setting where we do activities such as arts & crafts, games, community trips and guest speakers. This is a wonderful program for folks to relax and enjoy interacting with their friends.

Communication and social skills are encouraged during all of our activities. To be a part of the Discovery Center you have to be 18 years old or older, and eligible for the Developmental Disability (DD) or Aged and Disabled (AD) Waiver and meet Chrysalis eligibility guidelines. You also may privately pay for this service.

Intervention Services (BI)

The Behavioral Intervention Services (BI) is designed to be a one-to-one individualized service for those children 4 – 21 that display challenging behaviors or struggle with their communication or coping skills.


Discovery Camp is provided so that those who may not have the opportunity to be involved a “camp like” experience can now have one. Activities range from building bird houses, to fishing, to swimming, to making pizzas all in a safe environment.

Discovery Club
(Children's After-School Program)

The Discovery Club is designed to help our young friends develop the important life skills that will encourage independence.

This program is designed for those children ages 4 – 18.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 2:30-6:00pm throughout the school year as staffing is available. Our trained staff design a child’s activities to help them experience fun and interactive times.

Contact Us


PHONE: 208-770-2770