July 02, 2014 –
MAYETTA: Heather Davis, MS, MSW, LSCSW has been hired as the new Social Services Director for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) and began her position June 2.
Davis brings over 19 years of experience in the Social Services profession having previously worked in child welfare and the community mental health fields, both at the direct service and management levels. Before she took the position with the PBPN, she supervised mental health case managers and was the program manager for a federally grant funded homeless outreach program at Valeo Behavioral Health Center in Topeka. She also continues to provide psychotherapy services as a private practitioner in Shawnee County.
Her educational background includes being a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker as she holds a Master of Social Work degree from Washburn University and a Master of Science degree in Family Life Education and Consultation from Kansas State University.
Davis told the News that she was looking forward to working with the PBPN community and that one of her goals is to help continue to grow and develop the Social Services Department in order to provide the highest quality of services to this community. Other goals that Davis has for the department are to increase outreach efforts to the community and to further develop collaborative efforts between the Nation’s other departments and programs.
Programs in Social Services include Child and Family Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Health Representatives, Adult Protective Services, and Youth Outreach and Prevention Services. The department is located in the east wing of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Center located at 11400 E. 158th Road.