Mission: Devoted to the Strength of Family
Pathway Family Services, Inc. provides resources for youth and families through their Independent Living Program, TRAIL (Teens Reaching Adult Independent Living), Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, and specialized foster care services.


Fiscal Year 2012
  • The Teens Reaching Adult Independent Living program served 102 youth
  • The Topeka and Wichita TRAIL programs celebrated their 5-year anniversaries
  • Pathway’s Family Foster Care program served 13 children in 5 foster care homes
  • The Pathway Residential Treatment Facility served 133 children and youth
  • The PRTF celebrated its 2-year anniversary



The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization.  Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), our mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards. We envision excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Council on Accreditation
45 Broadway, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10006

(212) 797-3000
(212) 797-1428 | fax



Pathway Family Services is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a Child Placing Agency, License No. 0062505 and by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, License No. 66668.

Agency Structure

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with a voluntary Board of Directors that provides effective leaderhip, support, and guidance.


Shirley Dwyer
Chief Operations Officer

Lisa Norman
Director, PRTF

Shirlon Douglas-Harris
Director, Transitional Living

Janeen Tacey
Clinical Director

Dr. Melissa Briggs
Vice President of Residential and Treatment Services

V. Torrez Dawson
Assistant Executive Director-PRTF

Lesley Munoz
Director, Recruitment and Compliance