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Social Services

Social Services11440 158th Rd, Mayetta KS  66509


The Social Service Department donned blue shirts in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month in April 2016.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation created the Social Services Department in June 1999. The goal of the department is to provide a welcoming and friendly environment for community members to receive services to improve the quality of their lives.  

Some of the components of the department are: to preserve families, to help individuals gain employment, to keep the elderly safe and to help them obtain resources, to assist victims of violence and to help other members of the community with their social service needs to promote self-sufficiency. 

The Social Service Department provides programs which collaborate and create wrap-around services for community members in need of support. Here is a complete listing of available services, a detailed account of each program is available below.

The department strongly advocates for the welfare of the most vulnerable members of the tribe, the children and elders.  For additional information, please call 785-966-8330 or fax 785-966-2950.

Adult Social Services Program

The Adult Social Services program is designed to promote personal responsibility, family unity, economic and social stability in an effort of promoting the wellness of each adult tribal member in the community.  The program assists members in locating resources to meet individual or family needs, provides tribal members who have IIM accounts with prompt, quality services and provides social work assessments and recommendations for tribal members when needed.  In addition, the program provides services including: representative payee, conservator and legal guardianship for vulnerable adults. 

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)/Foster Care/Family Preservation/Child Protective Services (CPS) Program/Independent Living Program for youth (ILP)

The ICWA/Foster Care/Family Preservation/CPS program provides services to protect the integrity of PBPN families and to ensure that the Nation’s children live in safe and healthy environments. 

A goal of the program is to help keep youth with their families and to provide social services resources when needed.  Our programs have adapted and expanded our services to respond to the needs of children and families through education, resources, counseling, advocacy and support services.

The program recruits and assists with the placement for youth that follow ICWA preferences and also provides community training in family preservation through parenting educational classes.      

Each foster youth's activities are attending school, daily care concerns and becoming immersed in traditional ways and cultural programs.   

The department monitors the well-being of all Prairie Band Potawatomi children, both those in and those outside of state custody under ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act). 

We work with youth and their families during times of behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and empower them to identify and access available resources to address current problems. We help them learn better ways to interact with each other and their community in order to address problems in the future.

Click here for a brochure on Child & Family Services.

Child Support Services

The mission of the PBPN Tribal Child Support Services office is to improve the well being of all Native American children by promoting the emotional and financial responsibilities between parents for their children

Child Support Enforcement Core Mission

  • Locate Parents  
  • Establish Paternity
  • Establish Orders
  • Collect Support 
  • Collect Support

This provides: Child Support Prevention, Family Violence Collaboration, Health Coverage, Healthy Family Relationships, Economic Stability, and Engagement of Fathers from Birth

Tribal Program MUST:

1. Identify the jurisdiction of the Tribe for child support purposes 

2. Develop procedures for accepting all applications and providing services required by law

3. Protect the due process rights of individuals (in legal process and for program clients) 

4. Develop administrative and management procedures

5. Provide safeguarding and confidentiality procedures Maintain records 

6. Provide copies of required law Locate parents and their assets 

7. Establish paternity 

8. Establish and modify child support orders 

9. Administer income withholding (employer education) and other enforcement techniques 

10. Collect and distribute child support 

11. Process intergovernmental cases

12. Meet tribal performance targets

Brochure and Forms

Child Support Services Brochure

Child Support Services Application Packet

Child Support Services Affidavit Form

Child Support Services Release of Information & Authorization Form

Child Support Services Review & Modification Request Form

All forms must be MAILED to the Child Support Services Program at 11440 158 Road, Mayetta, KS 66509.

Three Rivers Independent Living Office

Three Rivers, Inc., a Center for Independent Living governed by the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, has a branch office in the PBPN Social Services Department.  The nonprofit organization has six locations and serves more than nine counties in northeast Kansas.  It assists individuals with all types of disabilities who are interested in learning skills and receiving support that will assist them in a greater quality of life.  For more information call the office at 785-966-8344 or go to www.threeriversinc.org.


Tribal Victim Services

TVS Crisis Hotline: 1-866-966-0173

Location: 11440 158th Rd, Mayetta KS  66509

Fax: 785-966-8383

Click here for an informational brochure on identifying abuse and steps to take toward safety.

“Enhancing the rights, resources, and respect for tribal victims and native communities hurt by crime”

Victim Advocates

Victim Advocates from Tribal Victim Services are trained to assist with immediate, essential needs created or not being met as a consequence of a crime.  Based upon the service plan developed between TVS advocates and the individual seeking program services, assistance provided may include: 

  • Safety planning 
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with completing Protection from Abuse Order petitions 
  • Assistance with filing for crime victim’s compensation 
  • Court accompaniment
  • Hospital accompaniment
  • Law Enforcement follow-ups
  • On-scene crisis response with Law Enforcement 
  • Information & referrals, 
  • Home visits
  • Other related services  

There is no fee for services and individuals can begin to access these services by calling the TVS Crisis Line at 866-966-0173 or social services at 785-966-8330 during business hours.

Eligibility: Any victim of any crime living in Jackson county or any adjacent county

Sexual Assault Response/SAFESTAR

SAFESTARs are trained community partners that assist individuals who have experienced a sexual assault with information and referrals; the collection of forensic evidence subsequent to a sexual assault; developing safety plans; law enforcement, hospital, and court accompaniment; and other needs as expressed by the individual seeking assistance. 

There is no fee for services and individuals can begin to access these services by calling the TVS Crisis Line at 866-966-0173 or social services at 785-966-8330 during business hours.  

Eligibility: Sexual assault victims aged 16 and over living within the PBP Community

Click here for an information brochure on the SAFESTAR program.

T.R.A.C.K.S. Safe Visit/Safe Exchange

The SV/SE is located at the TRACKS house at 12573 158th Road near the intersection of Q and 158th Roads and can be reached by telephone at 785-966-2177.  Families with a history of domestic violence may be court ordered, social services directed, or self-referred to use SV/SE services to increase the safety of children and their parents while participating in visits.  The program requires an orientation session for each family member and, if there is a court order for the visitation/exchange, a copy must be provided to the program prior to visits commencing.  Services are by appointment only and there is a small fee for the service.  

Eligibility: Services are depended upon schedule availability.

T.R.A.C.K.S. Batterer’s Intervention Program

The TRACKS BIP project is located at the TRACKS house at 12573 158th Road near the intersection of Q and 158th Roads and can be reached by telephone at 785-966-2177.  The program is designed to assist individuals who have used violence in their intimate relationships recognize and address their beliefs and behaviors which enable their violence.  The program curriculum consists of assessment, two orientation sessions, and 29 or 31 weeks of group sessions.  Individuals can be court-ordered, social services directed, or self-refer for the program.  There is a fee for the assessment as well as for the groups.  Assessments and orientations are by appointment only and the groups meet weekly on a regular schedule.  

Eligibility: Initial assessment indicates need for BIP services.  

Click here for an information brochure on the T.R.A.C.K.S. program.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

What is Vocational Rehabilitation:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) was created out of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. VR Programs are designed to help people with disabilities get jobs, whether the person was born with a disability, develops a disability or becomes a person with a disability while working.

VR serves people with a wide variety of disabilities such as:

  • Mental illness;
  • Hearing impairment; 
  • Impaired functioning of arms or legs;
  • Back injury;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Intellectual or development disabilities;
  • Learning disability;
  • Traumatic brain injury; and,
  • Other physical or mental disabilities that prevent the person from finding or keeping a job.

This list is not a comprehensive list of disabilities, but rather examples of disabilities.

Mission Statement

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) VR Program’s mission is to assist American Indians with disabilities to find employment or help clients with disabilities that are already employed maintain employment. 


The purpose of PBPN VR is to provide culturally appropriate vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities who reside in the following counties: Jackson, Atchison, Brown, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Doniphan and Jefferson. The services provided by VR must be consistent with the client’s individual strengths, abilities, capabilities, resources and priorities, and must take into account the client’s concerns and provide the opportunity for informed choice. The services offered must prepare clients for employment including self-employment, subsistence, and business ownership. 


PBPN VR’s continuing goal is to improve the number of American Indians receiving VR services by:

  • Maintaining, expanding, and improving VR services; 
  • Continuing to increase the number of American Indians who receive VR services; and,
  • Maintaining and improving the cooperation, coordination, and collaboration between local, state and federal services. 

Are you eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation?

Are you enrolled with a Federally Recognized Tribe? If yes, continue. If no, you are not eligible for VR.

Do you have a physical or mental disability? If yes, continue. If you are unsure contact VR to discuss disabilities. If no, you are not eligible for VR.

Does your disability cause a barrier to employment? If yes, continue. If you are unsure contact VR to discuss disability barriers. If no, you are not eligible for VR.

Do you need help adapting your disability for employment? If yes, continue. If you are unsure contact VR to discuss VR Services. If no, you are not eligible for VR.

Do you live in one of the following counties: Jackson, Atchison, Brown, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Doniphan, or Jefferson? If yes, continue. If no, you are not eligible for VR.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for VR, you may contact 785-966-8330 and ask for VR to discuss your questions.

If you answered yes to all 5 of the questions above and want to work you will need to fill out a VR application to begin the intake process. At your intake interview VR will need the following documents:

1. Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB)

2. Driver’s License or State ID, if applicable

3. Social Security Card

4. SSI/SSDI Statement, if applicable

5. Proof of address

6. Names and contact information of doctors and specialist for disability

7. VR will need to know what type of help you are requesting from VR (you will need to have some type of plan put together to discuss with VR intake worker)

8. VR will need to know what type of job/career you are looking for

a. Not sure what type of job/career you should be looking for, visit www.onetonline.org and take the free interest assessment quiz.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • VR is an employment program; the intention of the program is to get people with disabilities employed.
  • VR does not pay bills or fix vehicles unless you are a VR client and it is needed to assist with your disability. If you only need your bills paid or your vehicle fixed, then VR is not the right program for you.
  • VR does not “find” clients jobs, however, VR will provide job leads. It is the client’s responsibility to find a job. 
  • VR is not an entitlement program. Because you have a disability does not mean you are eligible for VR; your disability must impede employment and you must need VR services to be eligible for VR. 

For a Vocational Rehabilitation application click here. 

For a VR brochure about the program and eligibility requirements click here.

For a VR handbook click here. 

Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)

The PBPN TTANF program will provide support to families in order to help them become self-sufficient. The progam includes assistance, services and activities to:

Assist needy families so children can be cared for in their own homes or homes of relatives.
Promote job readiness and assist participants in increasing their employ-ability and enhancing their marketability.
Educate to prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

PBPN TTANF offers monthly cash assistance to eligible families. 
- An eligible family is defined as an applicant that has children in their care and at least one member of the family is an enrolled member with a federally recognized tribe. 
- Single individuals are not eligible for TTANF.
- An eligible family's household income must be 125% or below the Federal Poverty Guideline.
- An eligible family must reside in Jackson County, Kansas for at least 3 months with the intent of making Jackson County their home.

PBPN TTANF also has Diversion Services, which is a time limited assistance that is utilized to keep families from becoming dependent on TTANF.
- An eligible family's household income must be 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline and live in Jackson County, Kansas.

Frequently Asked Questions

• If an eligible family in Jackson County, Kansas is receiving TANF from the State of Kansas they can request to have their case transferred to PBPN TTANF Program.
• A family can NOT receive assistance from both places.
• PBPN TTANF has a time limit of 60 months (5 years). This includes the months a family has received services from another TANF program.

For a PBPN TTANF Application click here.  

Contact Information

Physical Address:

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Social Services Department

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

11400 158th Road 

Mayetta, KS 66509

Mailing Address:

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Social Services Department

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

PO Box 174

Mayetta, KS 66509

Social Services main phone line: (785) 966-8330

Social Services fax: (785) 966-8388


VR/PBPN TTANF Manager: Keirsten Hale, (785) 966-8333, keirstenhale@pbpnation.org

VR/TTANF Intake/Case Worker: Justine Wakole, (785) 966-8338, justineberryhill@pbpnation.org

VR Intake/TTANF Case Worker: Sarah Cowan, (785) 966-8332, sarahcowan@pbpnation.org