Prairie View Adds Two Crisis Clinicians to Access Services Department

December 6, 2021

NEWTON, Kan. (December 6, 2021) – Michaela Hastings, LMSW, and Madison Leterle, LMSW, have joined the Prairie View Access Services Department as crisis clinicians.

They will help individuals having a mental health crisis by answering Prairie View’s mental health crisis hotline, speaking with individuals who walk into Prairie View’s Newton office for same-day therapy services, administer admission assessments, and perform mental health reform screens.

“I am very pleased that Madison and Michaela joined our team,” says Patrick Flaming, vice president of access services. “The access department serves as sort of the safety net for Prairie View, providing support to those seeking mental health services in Marion, McPherson and Harvey counties and beyond.”

In a department where the pace is often fast, the Access Services Department also supports Prairie View’s psychiatric hospital and outpatient providers.

“We strive to meet people where they are, helping them identify available resources to get them moving in a direction that will best help them meet their goals," says Flaming.

Hastings and Leterle were both attracted to mental health care because they want to make a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness or other mental and behavioral health conditions.

“I have always been intrigued by mental health and had a passion for serving others,” says Leterle. “I love being able to help people navigate mental illness, help them take back control of their lives, and help restore hope when it, at times, feels like it has been lost.”

For Hastings, accepting the position at Prairie View meant the opportunity to serve more people.

“Community mental health centers are a hub of resources and services that are incredibly valuable,” she says. “I’m grateful to work in an environment where my clients have access to those resources.”

Hastings and Leterle will see individuals of all ages.

Hastings earned her bachelor’s degree in human services and psychology from Friends University and her master’s of social work degree from Wichita State University.

Leterle holds two bachelor’s degrees from Tabor College in psychology and social work, and a master’s of social work degree from Campbellsville University.

For more information, please call Prairie View at 800-992-6292. A mental health crisis hotline is available anytime at 800-362-0180.