Farming community can often “suffer in silence”

Emily Farley News & Notes

When asked what he thought about the idea of talking about the subject of mental health and the agricultural community, Lowell Neitzel didn’t hesitate to respond. “I’ve been hoping for someone to help out us farmers,” he said. That’s exactly what Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman has been hoping for as well. “As a county, we have been working really …

Bert Nash Profile: Recheal Le, Community Based Services case manager

Emily Farley News & Notes

Describe your role at Bert Nash: My role at Bert Nash has evolved over the time that I have been here. Primarily, I am a waiver facilitator and (in a nut-shell) I help develop and maintain plans of care for clients on the SED (Serious Emotional Disturbance) waiver. That includes collaborating with families, treatment teams, MCOs (Managed Care Organizations), and …

Caring for others at very heart of being a case manager

Emily Farley News & Notes

Mindy Downs has been doing social work for 25 years. She can’t imagine doing anything else. For those who do what Downs does, being a case manager is more than a job; it’s a calling. “This is what I feel like I’m supposed to be doing,” said Downs, who has been a case manager at the Bert Nash Community Mental …

Building 20 years of community service

Emily Farley News & Notes

“We will be forever grateful for the community’s support, which paved the way for the construction of the Community Health Facility. I know I speak for all three agencies when I say what an honor it is to serve the residents of Douglas County. We all have our unique missions yet we all share the common goal of bettering the …

Getting people the help they need when they need it

Scott Criqui News & Notes

After Patrick Schmitz became CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in the summer of 2017, he spent a lot of time out in the community, listening. Most of what he heard about the Center was positive. But if there was a common concern it had to do with the limited hours for intake assessments and access to …

Open house to celebrate 20th anniversary of Community Health Facility

Scott Criqui News & Notes

In planning and conversations leading up to building the Community Health Facility in 1999, leaders in Lawrence and Douglas County focused on a central location for three community health agencies to better coordinate care and public service. On the 20th anniversary of the building’s opening, members of the public are invited to see how that initial investment still serves the …

Longtime Bert Nash case manager never lost passion for the work

Scott Criqui News & Notes

Diane Werner has been doing case management work at the Bert Nash Center for 22 years. And no two days have been the same. Which is one of the many things she has liked about the job. “There’s no typical day,” Werner said. “It varies from day to day. It’s never dull.” Werner’s last day at Bert Nash is June …

Client working at not only being physically fit, but emotionally fit

Scott Criqui News & Notes

When Susan Murphy, a Bert Nash peer support specialist, talks about her client, who chose to be identified by her initials KT, she couldn’t be prouder. “The progress she has made, it makes it all worthwhile, to see the results, to see her happy,” Murphy said. As a peer support specialist, Murphy provides support and shares her personal recovery story …

2019 recipient of the Bert Nash Pioneer Award

Scott Criqui News & Notes

Steve Maceli (right), owner of Maceli’s Banquet Hall and Catering, is the 2019 recipient of the Bert Nash Pioneer Award. He is pictured with his husband, John Connolly. The award was presented April 22 at the annual Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration. Steve represented Bert Nash at the Transformations Charity Gala in January and was the winning contestant, earning $10,000 for …

Parent support specialist uses her own experiences to help others

Scott Criqui News & Notes

When Jennifer Sherman was at her wit’s end, she received the help she desperately needed. Now, in her role as a parent support specialist at the Bert Nash Center, she helps other parents who are in similar situations. It wasn’t that long ago, Sherman was one of those parents who was struggling. Her daughter, who was 13 at the time, …