August 31, 2011 –
MAYETTA: Janet Bair-Carpenter, LSCSW, has been named the director of Social Services and began her position on August 24.
Bair-Carpenter has over 26 years of experience in social services and before coming to the PBPN worked as the Clinical Director for Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center. She was also in private practice in Jackson County for several years.
Academically she has a master’s of social work degree (MSW) from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University. She completed a practicum at the former Menninger’s Outpatient Mental Health Department in Topeka, Kan.
When asked about her new position Bair-Carpenter said, “I am honored to have been selected for the position and I have a good team to work with in Social Services. I plan to do my best for the tribal membership and am excited about expanding more services in the department and within the Health Center.”
The Social Services Department is located in the east wing of the Health Center and includes programs in Vocational Rehabilitation/Independent Living , Alcohol & Drug, Community Health Representative, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care Services, and Family Violence Prevention.