Pawnee Names Employee of the Year

Robbin Cole, Pawnee Mental Health Services Executive Director (right) and April Zieber, Pawnee Mental Health Services Customer Service Representative (left)

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 Reaches Training Milestone

Mental Health First Aid - JPEG logoPawnee 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.

Pawnee names “Friends of Pawnee”

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 Tim Parsons of Barry’s Drug Center

Mike Gillespie of Gillespie Law Firm and Tim Parsons of Barry’s Drug Center

Mental Health Month Displays at Local Libraries

Frenchman's BayPawnee Mental Health Services recognizes May as Mental Health Month.  Activities during May raise awareness about mental health and substance use disorders and that treatment is effective and that people do recover and lead full and productive lives.

In celebration of Mental Health Month, the following libraries are displaying information about mental health and substance use disorders:

Belleville Public Library, Belleville

Port Library, Beloit

Cawker City Public Library, Cawker City

Clay Center Carnegie Library, Clay Center

Courtland Community Library, Courtland

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Junction City

Manhattan Public Library, Manhattan

Marysville Public Library, Marysville

Washington Library, Washington

Stop by the liraries listed above to pick up a free calendar for the month of May that provides tips to achieve mental wellness.

Letter to the Editor from Robbin Cole

Cole, Robbin 20150507May 7, 2015

Dear Editor:

May is National Mental Health Month.  During the month of May, counties and cities throughout Pawnee Mental Health’s service area will issue proclamations calling upon citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools to recommit their communities to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

In January, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected Pawnee Mental Health Services and Riley County to participate in a national project, CAPE2 (Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation.) CAPE 2 explores community behavioral health early warning systems.  Riley County is one of nine communities nationwide selected to participate in this project.

A panel of 30 knowledgeable individuals in Riley County was selected to offer their perspectives on local community mental health trends through bi-weekly surveys which began in February and will continue through January, 2016.

The Riley County Mental Health Task Force will participate with the local leadership team consisting of John Leatherman, PhD, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University and the lead investigator for the project in Kansas, Elaine Johannes, PhD, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Karen Smothers, LSCSW, Pawnee Mental Health Services and myself in reviewing the perspectives of the panel on a quarterly basis and helping identify community responses.

Stress, alcohol abuse, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and tobacco or nicotine use were identified as the top five behavioral health issues in Riley County during the first month of the project. These five issues were perceived to have a “moderate presence, affecting many people.”

The lack of accessible and affordable mental health services was one of the seven primary findings of the community needs assessment for Riley County which was recently coordinated by the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center and conducted by the Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research.  Inpatient mental health services, access to mental health services and high quality mental health providers were identified as the top three needs specifically related to mental health.

With the reductions in state grant funding to the community mental health system which took place in the years immediately preceding the state tax policy changes of 2012 and 2013, and the recent reductions in the availability of state psychiatric hospital beds, it is becoming increasingly clear that local needs demand local solutions.

“Local governments and service agencies depend on government data to know what is going on in their communities, but that data is often two or three years old,” according to Dr. Leatherman. “The CAPE2 project provides an attempt to figure out what is happening in real time by sharing information and getting ahead of emerging problems.”

Let’s take this opportunity to get ahead of the emerging behavioral health problems in our community and recommit ourselves to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps we can take to protect our mental health and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.

For more information on Pawnee Mental Health Services, browse our website and “like” us on Facebook.

Robbin Waldner Cole, Executive Director

Dugger Joins Pawnee Mental Health Services

naomi_duggerNaomi Dugger, LMFT, LAC has been hired by Pawnee Mental Health Services.

Naomi has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas and a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas.

Naomi has worked in private practice and as an outpatient crisis therapist for COMCARE of Sedgwick County.  She sees patients in Pawnee’s office located in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment with Naomi contact Pawnee Mental Health Services at
785-587-4300.

May is Mental Health Month!

Spring-Flowers-2014-1May is Mental Health Month!  Mental Health Month raises awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and that treatment is effective, and people do recover and lead full and productive lives.

Follow us on Facebook!  During the month of May we will post suggestions to achieve mental wellness.

Pick up a free Mental Health Month calendar at the front desk in Pawnee offices.  The calendar is developed by Mental Health America.  The nation’s leading organization dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

 

GROW Green Match Day Results

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s GROW Green Match Day!

The Pawnee Endowed Fund at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation received 45 gifts totaling $7,605, which will be matched by 50%. Pawnee’s Endowed Fund at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation also received an extra $100 won by our “in person” donor from the hourly drawings.

The grand total raised from the event is approximately $11,407.50.

Once again thank you for helping to meet the needs of Pawnee for years to come and we look forward to doing even better next year.

Thank you 2013