An estimated one in four adults and one in five children are living with mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans and 90% of people who died by suicide were experiencing symptoms of mental illness. You can help Pawnee Mental Health Services raise community awareness about mental illness and substance use disorders by making a financial contribution to the Unmasking Mental Illness Fund.
Contributions made to the Unmasking Mental Illness fund provide public information and support media initiatives directed toward raising awareness and fighting the stigma associated with mental illness. To make a contribution go to the donation button on Pawnee’s website or contact our Development Manager at
Pawnee Mental Health Services would like to congratulate Christine Thompson, Peer Support Specialist for receiving the Su and Dennis Bud Exemplary Award for her work in recovery with Kansas consumers. Christine is a Region 2 Board Representative for the Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for adult mental health and has been employed by Pawnee since 2009.
The Kansas Health Foundation awarded $16,375 to Pawnee Mental Health Services to purchase laptop computers to be used by Pawnee staff for online training.
“We are grateful to the Kansas Health Foundation for their support,” said Robbin Cole, Executive Director. “This grant will help us enhance the knowledge base of our staff who work with members of our community with mental health and substance use disorders.”
The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the Kansas Health Foundation, visit www.kansashealth.org.
Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance use treatment center serving more than 7,500 people annually.
Supporting Pawnee Mental Health Services has never been easier – just shop at Dillons grocery supermarket chain and scan your Plus Shopper’s Card. Pawnee will get credit for every qualifying purchase you make using your registered Plus card. The more you shop the bigger the rewards for Pawnee.
Here’s what to do if you already have a card:
- Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards
- Sign in (if you already have an account) or go to “create an account”
- After you have created your account, you will be asked to enter the number of the organization you would like your community rewards to be applied to. Enter ID #66081 for Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc.
Shop at Dillons, swipe your Plus Shopper’s Card and you’ll start earning rewards for Pawnee Mental Health Services!
Don’t have a Plus Shopper’s Card? Stop by a Dillons grocery supermarket store and ask an associate for details.
Emily Hoffman, LCMFT
Emily Hoffman, LCMFT has been hired by Pawnee Mental Health Services. Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas and a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas. Emily specializes in play therapy and domestic violence.
Emily has worked for St. Francis Community Services as an in-home family therapist and Horizons Mental Health Center as an outpatient mental health therapist. She sees patients in Pawnee’s office located in Junction City. To schedule an appointment with Emily contact Pawnee Mental Health Services at 785-762-5250.
Bob Steimel, Executive Director Community Foundation for Cloud County and Robbin Cole, Executive Director Pawnee Mental Health Services.
The Community Foundation for Cloud County, Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, has awarded $920 to Pawnee Mental Health Services. Funding will be used to purchase therapeutic play equipment for Pawnee’s Therapy and Evaluation Services program in Concordia. Staff will use the equipment in therapeutic processes when a child or adolescent is
non-responsive or has difficulty expressing themselves.
Pawnee Mental Health Services (Pawnee) would like to thank everyone who donated to Pawnee’s endowed fund at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation on GROW Green Match Day. We are especially appreciative of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation for providing this opportunity and of Mr. Phil Howe for providing the 50% match on all donations received during the event.
Mr. Vern Henricks, President and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation presenting Pawnee with a check for their matching funds from the GROW Green Match Day Event.
Left to Right: Bob Hanson, Karen Smothers, Robbin Cole, Vern Henricks, Shannon Hughston, Mary Heath
Robbin Cole, Pawnee Mental Health Services Executive Director (right) and April Zieber, Pawnee Mental Health Services Customer Service Representative (left)
April Zieber, Customer Service Representative for Pawnee Mental Health Services was recently named the 2014 Pawnee Employee of the Year.
Employees of the year demonstrate sustained perseverance and achievement of positive results, providing exemplary client services, going above and beyond in advocacy for individuals with mental health conditions and their families, and consistently performing job duties at a high level of quality, accuracy, effectiveness and integrity.
April’s nomination stated, “April is always willing to do whatever is asked of her, she keeps staff on track and always greets staff and clients with a smile.”
Pawnee Mental Health Services has trained 1,075 people in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) since May of 2011. Mental Health First Aid is an eight hour training course that teaches people how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.
Mental Health First Aid teaches:
- Signs of addictions and mental illnesses
- 5-step action plan to assess a situation and help
- Impact of mental and substance use disorders
- Local resources and where to turn for help
Click Here for a Mental Health First Aid brochure with 2015 course dates or contact our office at (785) 587-4300.
Mike Gillespie of Gillespie Law Firm and Tim Parsons of Barry’s Drug Center were presented with the “Friend of Pawnee” award at Pawnee’s Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.
Robbin Cole, Executive Director of Pawnee said, “The Friend of Pawnee Award recognizes those members of our community who go above and beyond in their support of the mission of Pawnee Mental Health Services for no other reason other than they want to. Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Parsons are truly friends of Pawnee.
Mike Gillespie of Gillespie Law Firm and Tim Parsons of Barry’s Drug Center