Tune in to 1350am KMAN radio on Thursday, August 28 at 9:30 a.m.

McCaffery, Adam 20130306 (2)Adam McCaffrey, Director of Pawnee’s Therapy and Recovery Services will be live on 1350am KMAN radio on Thursday, August 28 at 9:30 a.m.  He will join Cathy Dawes during InFocus.  They will talk about National Recovery Month and a guest speaker will talk about her recovery journey.



Health Connect Program Manager Named

AMasonAshley Mason, has been named the Program Manager for Health Connect, the new Health Home Program of Pawnee Mental Health Services.  Health Homes are a program of the Kansas Medicaid program which provides coordinated physical and behavioral health care for eligible KanCare consumers.

Health Connect will provide comprehensive and intense care coordination for people with complex chronic conditions, like diabetes, asthma, or serious mental illness.  The goal of Health Connect is to improve consumer care and health outcomes, lower Medicaid costs, and reduce preventable hospitalization and emergency room visits.

Ms. Mason has a bachelor’s degree from Baker University in Music Education (B.M.E.) and a Master’s degree in Music (M.M.) from Kansas State University.  She is a Certified Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU).  She is certified as a case manager and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.  Ms. Mason is a part-time Master of Social Work student at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She has been employed with Pawnee since 2010.

To learn more about the Health Connect program or to schedule an appointment call 785-587-4350 in Manhattan or 844-200-2023 outside of Manhattan.

Pfannenstiel Reappointed to BSRB Board

Dr.Terry Pfannenstiel

Dr. Terry Pfannenstiel

Dr. Terry Pfannenstiel, Mental Health Therapist at Pawnee Mental Health Services has been reappointed to serve a four year term on the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB).  He represents licensed marriage and family therapists on the board.

The BSRB “serves to protect the public from unlawful or unprofessional behavioral science practitioners who fall under the board’s jurisdiction.”  All board members for the BSRB are appointed by the governor and serve four year terms.

Dr. Pfannenstiel received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University, and earned his doctorate in Family and Child Development from Kansas State University.  He has been employed by Pawnee Mental Health Services since 1982.

Droge joins Pawnee Mental Health Services Clinical Staff

Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)

Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW)

Pawnee Mental Health Services announces the addition of Janet Droge, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) to its staff.  Ms. Droge will provide mental health services to children, adolescents and adults at Pawnee’s offices located in Beloit, Belleville and Concordia.

Ms. Droge earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Social Work from Washburn University.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and achieved her LSCSW in 2009.

She previously worked in community mental health in Topeka and specialized in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and other trauma.  Ms. Droge most recently worked in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Riley helping soldiers traumatized in combat.

Ms. Droge completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  EMDR is a psychotherapy technique which can be successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Droge or another Pawnee Mental Health Services provider, call (785) 243-8900.

Smoking and Tobacco Related Fact – Week 4

Tobacco Free Poster 2014 FINAL


Within 20 minutes of last smoking a cigarette your body starts making healthy changes that will continue for years. Here are some benefits of smoking cessation:



20 minutes after a smoker quits:
Blood pressure and pulse rate drops back to normal

8-12 hours after a smoker quits:
Carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours after a smoker quits:
Risk of a heart attack decreases

2-3 weeks after a smoker quits:
Lung function increases up to 30%

1-9 months after a smoker quits:
Coughing, sinus congestions, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases

1 year after a smoker quits:
Coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5-10 years after a smoker quits:
Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s

15 years after a smoker quits:
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

Updated Course Dates for Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, and builds understanding of their impact. This 8-hour course teaches a five step action plan to help an individual in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate care. The course also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. The cost of the course is $25.00. For a brochure that includes an enrollment form and updated course dates click here.

For additional information contact our office at (785) 587-4300 or by email at mhfa@pawnee.org.

Pawnee Names Recipients of Stellar Achievement Award

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor

John Adams, Maintenance Specialist, Jelane Cook, Facilities Manager, and Michelle Naillieux, Office Supervisor recently received the 2014 Pawnee Mental Health Services Stellar Achievement Award.

The Stellar Achievement award is given to employees who display exceptional leadership, courage or extra effort when faced with adversity or to achieve a desired result.

“John, Jelane, and Michelle voluntarily gave up their weekend to respond to a significant facilities issue.” said Robbin Cole Executive Director.  “Their personal sacrifice allowed us to fulfill our mission uninterrupted. They truly are role models for the agency.”