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Robbin Cole, Executive Director, Pawnee Mental Health Services, has been named the recipient of the Chamberlain-Rapp Exemplary Leadership Award  by Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc.

The Chamberlain-Rapp Exemplary Leadership Award Named after Ronna Chamberlain and Charlie Rapp, professors at the University of Kanas, School of Social Welfare, the Chamberlain-Rapp Exemplary Leadership Award is given annually to a mental health provider who has exhibited outstanding leadership skills on behalf of Kanas consumers and the recovery movement in the state. We are honored to present this award to ROBBIN COLE. Robbin is the Executive Director of Pawnee Mental Health Services that serves consumers in North Central Kansas. Named the 2011 Kansas Social Worker of the Year, she is a staunch advocate for consumers in the state, also serving as a member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.


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Memorial Day which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor American Soldiers and Civilians who died while fighting for their country. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress and from then Every year Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and this year it will be celebrated on 30th of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States.Memorial day

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid - JPEG logoMental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The cost of the course is $25.00 per person or $20.00 per person for groups of 5 or more from the same organziation. The cost includes 8 – hours of instruction and a manual. Our next class will be held at Community Health Ministry in Wamego, KS on Friday, March 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To register for the upcoming course or for more information contact our office at (785) 587- 4300 or by email at

Pawnee Mental Health Services

Adam McCaffrey, Director of Therapy and Recovery Services (rght) and Dave Cook, Youth Rehabilitation Services Supervisor (left)

Adam McCaffrey, Director of Therapy and Recovery Services (right) and Dave Cook, Youth Rehabilitation Services Supervisor (left)

Adam McCaffrey, Director of Therapy and Recovery Services and Dave Cook, Youth Rehabilitation Services Supervisor attended the Special Needs Resource Fair at Manhattan Christian College. The Resource Fair gave parents, caregivers, and teachers the opportunity to visit with various community organizations that provide services and/or summer programs/activities for children with unique challenges.

You Still Have Time to Enter Pawnee’s 60th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

You still have time to enter the Pawnee Mental Health Services 60th Anniversary Logo Design Contest.  We’ve extended the deadline to January 31, 2016.  See contest details below. 

The winner of the logo design contest will have their design featured on all of Pawnee’s 60th Anniversary marketing materials and the winner will receive $100!  Enter today!

logo design contest entry flier

Pawnee Mental Health Services offers Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid - JPEG logoPawnee Mental Health Services announces an upcoming Mental Health First Aid course:                      

DATE:  Tuesday, January 12

TIME:  8:30am – 5:00pm

LOCATION:  427 Houston Street, Manhattan, KS

Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of metal disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and teaches a five step action plan to help an individual connect to professional care.

CLICK HERE for a Mental Health First Aid brochure with 2016 course dates.  To register or for more information about Mental Health First Aid contact our office at (785) 587-4300 or email

Re-Enroll in the Dillon’s Community Rewards Program

We would like to thank Pawnee Mental Health Services supporters for participating in the Dillon’s Community Rewards Program in 2015.  Dillon’s announced that they have allocated $2.0 million in 2016 to assist local schools and other non-profits in the communities it serves.

As a reminder, you must visit the Dillon’s website to re-enroll in the program after January 1, 2016 in order for purchases throughout 2016 to be credited to Pawnee. You will need to sign in, and make your contribution selection using Pawnee’s 5-digit NPO number (66081) or search by Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc.

To Re-Enroll:

1.  Go to

2.  Sign in to your online account, or if you don’t have one select create a new account.

3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Community Rewards.

4.  Click on Enroll Now

5.  Find and select Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc. or use Pawnee’s NPO number 66081.

Thank you for supporting us in 2016 through the Dillon’s Community Rewards program!

Thank You!

Holiday Tree Claflin 2015Pawnee Mental Health Services would like to express our thanks to Jurdene Ingram who donated an artificial holiday tree. The tree will be displayed in the lobby of the outpatient offices on Claflin Road in Manhattan.  The holiday tree will be enjoyed by clients and staff. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Jurdene for her thoughtful gift.

Pawnee Management Team Member Retires After 25 Years

Mary Heath, Director of Special Projects, Training and Education

Mary Heath, Director of Special Projects, Training and Education

Mary Heath, Director of Special Projects, Training and Education at Pawnee Mental Health Services, is retiring after 25 years of service.

Mary was initially hired as an independent contractor to help Pawnee install its first electronic billing record in 1990.  Over the years, she provided leadership with the implementation of several electronic billing or medical record systems at Pawnee, advised other community mental health centers on the implementation of their electronic systems, served on state committees and served as a member of the Pawnee Management Team.

Executive Director Robbin Cole said, “Unlike some positions, it’s not a simple thing to just fill Mary’s position.  Mary has the status she does because of her longevity with the organization, her experience, her competence and her dedication.”  Mary’s last day will be December 31, 2015.

Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance abuse treatment center serving more than 7,500 people annually in ten counties in north central Kansas.