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Pyxis, Inc. expands its mental health services to Texas
Company plans to deliver multiple services in the Austin area

Austin, TX
April 28, 2011

Pyxis, Inc., a community-based human services organization with headquarters in Wichita, KS announced today that it has concluded the process for opening and office and providing its services in the Austin area.   The company recently finalized several contracts to provide mental health services in the Capital Area and has plans to integrate services from its other divisions in the near future.   The company projects that more than 20 jobs will be added throughout the year to support its operations.

In addition to its Mental Health division, Pyxis also provides Juvenile Justice, Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Family Preservation services throughout Kansas and Virginia.  In 2010, the company announced a new division, Business Navigation, offering consulting services to other mid-sized companies interested in growth and innovative solutions.

Nickie Harlan, State Program Manager for the Austin office, has already begun hiring additional staff to satisfy the referrals that have started to come in.

“I feel incredibly blessed & excited to be a part of the expansion into Texas by Pyxis.  I look forward to leading the Pyxis effort in the Austin-Travis County area and joining with other community partners as we work together to help those that we have such a heart to serve.”

Pyxis’ Mental Health offerings include primarily behavioral health services such as pro-social skills acquisition groups, behavioral aides, life skills training, day camp, and after school supports targeted toward youth and adolescents diagnosed with severe emotional disorders.  The company also offers parent support and coaching services and family mentoring opportunities.

The company has plans to develop its services throughout the Midwest and South-Central regions but is excited about beginning its expansion with Texas.  Pyxis also has offices established in Virginia.  The corporate office is located in downtown Wichita, KS.  In the past, the company provided services in Missouri and North Carolina, as well.

Pyxis began providing its mental health services to residents of the Austin/Travis County area on March 1 of this year.  Plans for further expansion are already underway.

For more information about Pyxis services, contact:

Sandy Randel
Business Development
334 N. Topeka
Wichita, KS 67202
P   316.682.8092 Ext. 167
F   316.262.4213

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Pyxis, Inc. began as Together Kids Can

Source: Wichita Eagle
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010
By: Scott Paske, Eagle Correspondent

Mike Kriwiel shakes his head at his earliest memories of the fledgling social service company he launched with his brother-in-law, Daniel Thompson, during the summer of 1994.

Together Kids Can was designed to provide job readiness training to juvenile offenders in Butler County. Approximately 40 youths were among the first participants

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Mental health dollars down in Kansas, patients up

Source: Wichita Eagle
Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010
By: David Klepper, Eagle Topeka Bureau

TOPEKA — More Kansans are seeking treatment for serious mental illness, and there are fewer places for them to go.

Blame the economy and state budget cuts, say mental health professionals. They briefed state lawmakers last week on what they call a growing crisis for the state’s mental health safety net.

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Thousands of Kansans wait for services

Source: Wichita Eagle
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA — Thousands of Kansas residents are on waiting lists for services, a problem caused by deep cuts to the state budget, according to state social service agencies.

The problem was compounded when Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Legislature were forced last year to reduce Medicaid reimbursements to providers by 10 percent. Those reductions were eliminated in the 2011 budget, which began July 1.

A legislative committee heard comments from social-service providers during a Statehouse meeting this week.

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