Prairie View Welcomes Tim Hein, LCMFT, as Vice President of CMHC Services

January 17, 2022

NEWTON, Kan. (January 18, 2022) – Prairie View announces Tim Hein, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, as Vice President of Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) Services. He rejoins the Prairie View staff after spending 12 years at South Central Mental Health, Augusta, where he most recently served as Community Based Services (CBS) director. Hein had previously worked as a case manager in Prairie View’s Marion County office from 2002 to 2009.

The role Hein steps into is a newly created position at Prairie View, designed to ensure the organization meets the state requirements within the system of care and enhance service delivery as the community mental health center moves into becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Hein will oversee all community based services in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties.

“My vision for this position is to establish a system that works cohesively within the community to meet the growing struggles with mental illness,” says Hein.

Short-term goals, according to Hein, are to build relationships within Prairie View and learn what is working well and what can be improved; identify areas of need within the communities which Prairie View serves as community mental health center; and develop task forces to meet those needs and ensure the resources are available to accomplish this.

“My long-term goal is to be a center that provides the right service at the right time, in the right place,” he says.

As Prairie View becomes certified as a CCBHC, the focus will be on five priorities:

  1. Reduction in wait times for care
  2. Discharge planning and care coordination
  3. Evidence-based practice development and training
  4. Developing networks and partnerships with law enforcement
  5. Substance use disorder service expansion

As a result, there will be improved client satisfaction, improved community partnerships, improved access for staff development and training, improved workforce compensation, improved preventative services and overall improvement in social and emotional wellbeing.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in the system of care in Kansas and the impact a CCBHC can have on the behavioral health system as a whole,” says Hein.

He is excited to help grow a program that will better reach the community in order to help promote healing and growth by identifying ways Prairie View can effectively and efficiently meet the needs of individuals.

This passion for helping others was first discovered while Hein was pursuing a degree in Organizational Communication at Tabor College, Hillsboro. He has used this passion to grow his knowledge and skills in the mental health field, including a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Friends University, Wichita.

“I have walked in the shoes of an attendant care worker, case manager and targeted case manager. I have supported and walked beside people in these positions and others as a Community Based Services Director, Chair of the CBS Directors of Kansas and therapist,” says Hein. “I believe that with the knowledge that I have gained in my different roles and my life experiences, I am ready to begin this new position and help provide the best support we can offer to the community that I live in and other communities with which I have connections.”

Hein began his responsibilities January 17.