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Center for Human Services

The mission of the Center for Human Services is to assist individuals, families, professionals, and organizations in the region to improve the human condition. This assistance can be in the form of providing direct services, disseminating relevant information, developing programs through research endeavors, educating constituents and community organizations, and promoting the welfare of individuals by educating the general public with regard to issues that impact the welfare of individuals.

Programs withing the Center for Human services include:

Center for READing (Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia)

The research generated at the Center for READing will help guide potential changes in assessment and intervention tools and will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals for dissemination to further the scientific literature. Presentations at conferences will also lead to further dissemination of the work of the Center.

The Center will create relationships with families, educators, administrators and other professionals in the community and will provide highly professional and evidenced-based assessments and interventions to increase literacy.

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Older Adult Screening and Intervention Services (OASIS)

The Older Adult Screening and Intervention Services (OASIS) provides screenings for memory and other thinking changes commonly found in people with dementia, like Alzheimer's Disease. Following a telephone interview and screening appointment, a written report about changes in memory and other thinking abilities will be sent to participants' physicians for follow-up care. Early screening of symptoms may help physicians make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and related conditions and begin medical treatment.

Goals of OASIS also include educating participant and family members about available medical treatments, and helping identify community resources that will enhance the quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers. Early screening and intervention is critical and helps people with dementia and their family members make decisions about medical concerns, legal issues, finances, driving, and home safety.

Contact Information

Sean A. Lauderdale, Ph.D.
Phone: (620) 235-4526
Fax: (620) 235-6102


Psycho-Educational Assessment Center

The Psycho-Educational Assessment Center can conduct assessments for any child or adult who wishes to document a level of intellectual functioning and/or academic performance, or suspects a learning disability or disorder. These services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of a university faculty member.  Individuals are charged reasonable fees for these services (members of the public are charged $75.00 for an Intellectual Assessment and $75.00 for an assessment of Academic Performance; currently enrolled PSU students are charged $25.00 for an Intellectual Assessment and $25.00 for an assessment of Academic Performance).  Depending on the time of year when an individual contacts the center and has a name placed on an assessment waiting list, a delay ranging from several weeks to months may occur.

Contact Information

Steven Duvall, Ph.D.
Phone: (620) 235-4220
Fax: (620) 235-6102


Truancy Diversion Program

The Truancy Diversion Program was developed in 1983 by the Well Community Council, working together with Pittsburg State University, as an outreach to the Pittsburg community and surrounding communities in Crawford County. In the last 18 years, over 89% of the families involved in the Truancy Diversion Program have been successful at keeping their children in school. This program emphasizes the need for the school, family, law enforcement, and counseling agencies to work together in order to keep the truant student in school.

Contact Information

Gina Robbins, Director
Phone: (620) 235-4528
Fax: (620) 235-6182


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