Prairie View recently announced Mark Willems was selected to provide leadership as a co-facilitator for the State of Kansas PRTF Stakeholders. Willems is the clinical director of Turning Point, a psychiatric residential treatment program (PRTF) for adolescents, located on Prairie View’s Newton campus.

Turning Point provides out-of-home residential psychiatric treatment to children and adolescents whose mental health needs cannot be effectively and safely met in a community setting. It is licensed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The 11 PRTFs in Kansas provide care for up to 478 youth.

Willems appreciates the opportunity to lead and collaborate with others who work with similar populations. “We have seen so many changes in the last six years, that keeping up with what is happening on the state level and problem-solving together with those following the same guidelines has been indispensable,” he says. Since 2008, when Willems started at Prairie View, he has participated in PRTF Stakeholders meetings.

“Advocating for the children and adolescents of Kansas, Mark has been involved at the state level since he started here,” says Patrick Flaming, director of inpatient operations at Prairie View. “Mark does fantastic work with kids and families in our residential program at Prairie View. His willingness to serve in this way is a testament to his dedication to the youth of Kansas.”