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April 2023 Newsletter


Message from
Dr. Ashley Kjos, CEO

Each year the Eugene R. Bonynge family and Woodland Centers sponsor a $1000 scholarship for a graduate student in the behavioral sciences. The 2023 Eugene Bonynge Memorial Scholarship application is now available on Woodland Center’s website.

  • In November 2023 Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) decided to withdraw our state from the federal CCBHC demonstration. This decision took effect January 1, 2023. However, after months of meetings and some impassioned conversations among MACMHP, CCBHCs, Commissioner Harpstead, Assistant Commissioner Grumdahl, and various bipartisan legislators, DHS announced the decision to withdraw from the demonstration was a mistake and their plan to re-enter the demonstration in July 2023, pending federal guidance on how to do so. This is HUGE news and is vital to sustaining the CCBHC model in Minnesota! A huge thank you to Representative Baker for his continued support and advocacy for this model in Minnesota.
  • Woodland Centers was awarded a federal School Linked Behavioral Health Grant through DHS which will allow us to place LADC’s in three districts (Willmar, Litchfield, and MACCRAY) to provide prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. This is a wonderful integration to our SLMH services and we are hopeful to expand this model in the future.

Become A WC "Impact" Partner!

The “WC IMPACT Partner” Program raises dollars to help WC continue to grow and create a center of excellence in Mental Health and Mental Illness programming, therapy, and residential opportunities for kids, adults, seniors, and families in West Central Minnesota.

The tax-deductible donation levels are:

Support {Up to $199}    Bridge Builder {$200-$499}
Providing Hope {$500-$999}    Inspiring Change {$1,000+}

Please contact Kim Madsen, Chief Community Impact Officer at [email protected]
Angie Richardson, Social Media/Marketing Coordinator & Community Impact at [email protected]

Community Impact

WC is committed to learning and brining training to our staff. We have been bringing some diversity training to the staff in Willmar and the Montevideo location. We are also looking at taking our trainings and bringing them to our community partners outside these walls.

April 5th 5:00pm - 7:00 pm - Montevideo Community Center. Change the Outcome Event. This is a video about opioid use followed by a panel discussion. They will be doing this in the Montevideo school during the day followed by a community event that evening. If you have clients in that area please let them know. There will be more information coming out how to register. There is no cost and a meal provided.

Don't miss the Brain Conference 2023 presented by PACT For Families. This year is #SAFESOCIAL: Social Media's Impact on Mental Health. Thursday, April 20th, 2023, from 3:30 pm to 8: 30 pm at Willmar Senior High School. Registration will be open in early February 2023.

Lorraine Kendall will be providing a Clinical Supervision Training. This will be a brief overview of Clinical Supervision: Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities will review basics of setting up a clinical supervision relationship.  The roles a supervisor plays across each stage of supervision will be explored.  The importance of the supervisory working alliance will be processed.  Challenges in supervision will be reviewed and ways to reduce and repair ruptures will be explored.  This will be offered on April 4th and April 11th from 8:00 -12:00 at the Community Room at Heritage Bank. The cost is $97. Click to register:

Meet Some Woodland Centers Team Members

Kell Maloyd

Hi, My name is Mickell Maloyd and I am the DEI Coordinator here at Woodlands Center. I was born and raised in Augusta Georgia, home of the masters golf tournament. I attended Ridgewater College then SCSU where I played football and wrestled. Since I have lived in Minnesota I have grown to like the outdoors life of hiking, wood chopping and camping.

Daniel O'Malley

Hello! My name is Daniel O'Malley. I was recently hires in the Maintenance and Grounds department. I enjoy staying busy on tasks here at work and at home. My wife always seems to have a Pinterest inspired project for me to complete! I live in Willmar with my wife, Chelsey O'Malley, who is a first grade teacher at Lakeland Elementary. We have two beautiful girls, Madison (5) and Autumn (3 months). Yes, I am a girl dad and I love it! I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my skills and continue to learn and grow at Woodland Centers.

Join Our Team

Woodland Centers offers 37 paid days off the first year; 7% in a 401K and excellent health insurance!

Woodland Centers is recruiting for the following positions:

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Impact Specialist
  • Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse - Detox/Crisis
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional- Assertive Community Treatment
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional - Team Lead- ACT
  • Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist - ACT
  • Mental Health Practitioner/Vocational Specialist
  • Peer Recovery Specialist - Substance Use Program
  • Systems Navigator/Mental Health Practitioner
  • Mental Health Practitioner – Home Based
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional/Professional Trainee School Linked
  • Mental Health Practitioner - School Linked
  • Mobile Crisis Responder - On Call
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional/Trainee - Outpatient
  • Mental Health Practitioner - Crisis - On Call

WC is committed to community involvement and encourage staff to use volunteer time!

Ana J. spent her volunteer hours at the State Capital for a school field trip.

Heidi P. volunteered in her granddaughters classroom at ACGC elementary.

Dr. Kjos was at the Capitol on March 9th for the Mental Health Day on the Hill. She gave a short presentation as did Rep Baker, other legislators and providers.

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