About PCYS

A little bit about who we are



Payne County Youth Services was established in 1972 to provide programming for youth and families struggling with issues of adolescence. From a humble but important beginning of 2 dedicated and professional staff, PCYS has grown to be a respected and well-known resource for children, youth and families in the Payne County area, employing ~30 people. PCYS is a Designated Youth Services Agency, and Member in Good Standing of the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services. PCYS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), and is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. PCYS enjoys a robust relationship with social service providers and the educational community throughout the area. We are the only agency in the area that provides services with no restriction to services based on the service recipient's inability or refusal to pay for such services.

Program services include individual, family, crisis intervention, and group counseling for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Intervention, prevention, and diversion services include emotions management, the First Offender/Skills for Success program, parenting education, substance abuse group psycho educational program, Victims of Crime (VOCA) counseling and advocacy services, Safe Place program, Transitional Living, Community At-Risk (CARS) home-based counseling, outreach mental health and substance abuse counseling provided in the public schools, and emergency sheltering for youth. Please click here for more about information our programs and services.

Payne County ranks in the top 20 counties in Oklahoma for child abuse and neglect confirmations. PCYS operates the only emergency youth shelter in Payne County. Each year, we provide for approximately 100 young people in the Emergency Youth Shelter.

Many families with adolescents need counseling but cannot afford the cost. PCYS is the only agency in Payne County that has no restriction of access to services based on the services recipient's inability or refusal to pay for such services.

A survey indicated that 37% of high school seniors admitted to getting drunk in the last 30 days. 21% of high school seniors have used marijuana in the last thirty days. PCYS provides free outpatient substance abuse counseling for youth in Payne County.


Staff

Laura Black, MS, LPC
Job Title: Youth and Family Counselor

Josie Blosser
Job Title: Intervention Specialist

Judith Christiansen, MA
Job Title: Shelter Director

Barbara Dalton
Job Title: Transitional Living Program Case Manager

Andrea Drain-Langston
Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Brad Epperson, NCC, MS, LPC
Job Title: Clinical Director

Angie Freeny, MS
Job Title: Community Relations/ Prevention Services Director

Janet Fultz, NCC, MS, LPC
Job Title: Executive Director

Stacie Graf
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Brittni Griffin
Job Title: Intervention Specialist

Whitney Hampton
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Britney Hardin
Job Title: Executive Administrative Assistant

Dana Hatter
Job Title: Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

Wesley Horne, BS
Job Title: Finance Director

Alicia Johnson
Job Title: Youth and Family Counselor

Wanda Johnson
Job Title: Assistant Shelter Director

Chasity Kemp
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Sally Jane Kerschen-Sheppard
Job Title: Transitional Living Program Coordinator

Rachel Lewis
Job Title: Youth & Family / TLP Counselor

Emily Madison
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Aglaia "Alexis" Martin
Job Title: VOCA Counselor

Belinda Martinelli
Job Title: HR/Accounting Specialist

Hank Miller
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Diamante Mitchell
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Clark Pepper
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Cassie Pickens
Job Title: Shelter Nurse

Ayrianna Swanson
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Steven Thomas
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Tonya Tyner
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

Alyssa Wallace
Job Title: Youth Guidance Specialist

 

Board of Directors

Kevin Bell (Director)

Dustin Bledsoe (Director)

Lee Denney (Director)

Candace Gann (Vice-Chairperson)

Jerod Helling (Director)

Brian Hobbs (Director)

Jim Lauerman (Secretary/Treasurer)

Bryan McNeil (Director)

John Mills (Director)

Kylie Moulton (Director)

Angela Pradia (Director)

Brian Price (Director)

Tylerr Ropp (Director)

Micah Sexton (Director)

RuthAnn Sirbaugh (Director)

Dale Sorrell (Chairperson)

David Spivey (Director)

Aaron Wilson (Director)

Advisory Board for Sustainability and Public Awareness

Blaire Atkinson (President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association)

Richard Ayers (Director)

John Bryant

Bob Burk

Kelly Burley

Shyla Eggers

Anne Greenwood

Ann Halligan

Ann Hargis

Kent Houck

Jarrod Marcum-Noftsger

Jamie Payne

John Romans, Ph.D.

Shelbye Spencer

Cory Williams

Carrie Winterowd, Ph.D.

Chris Young

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Who Are We?

Payne County Youth Services, Inc. (PCYS) is a private, non-profit (501(c)3) agency designed to aid children and youth, ages birth-22, and their families, who are in crisis or who are seeking preventative and transitional services, and request the assistance of counselors, our shelter, transitional living, psycho-educators, or support groups. PCYS provides exemplary local, 24/7 support to our families. There is no charge for our services.

Our Mission

"Payne County Youth Services, Inc., is dedicated to providing free quality services for the positive development and recovery of children, youth and families."


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