LGBT group for youth

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

Statistically, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at a disproportionate risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse. They also can feel isolated, alienated or bullied. A new LGBT group for youth was started in the summer of 2017 at the Bert Nash Center to provide a support system so teenagers have a safe place to talk. Bert Nash …

Group gives guys the opportunity to open up

Emily Farley Adult Services

Men aren’t necessarily known for expressing their feelings or being vulnerable. Which is why when Julian Brown, Bert Nash Adult Outpatient Program therapist, started a client group for men he wasn’t sure how open or talkative they would be. Turns out, they had plenty to talk about. “Initially, I was thinking there would be a lot of reservation coming from …

Trauma-informed care benefits both clients and staff

Emily Farley News & Notes

Trauma-informed care is more than just a different approach to behavioral and mental health care. It is a totally new way of doing things. “Trauma-informed care is a concept, a way of thinking that informs actions,” said Julia Gaughan, who serves as the point person for this agency-wide effort at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. “It is a …

Event planners hope event sparks dialogue about affordable housing

Emily Farley Residental Housing Services

Solutions to community problems have to start somewhere. Agencies that are participating in an upcoming housing event hope that starts with a conversation. The event — Housing in Lawrence and Douglas County: A Public/Private Partnership — will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania. Mathew Faulk, housing program manager for the Bert Nash Center, said …

Your Turn: Bert Nash committed to core values

Emily Farley Center Information

In its nearly 70-year history, the Bert Nash Center has witnessed many changes and challenges. But one thing remains constant: our commitment to our core values of compassion, integrity and equity, on a foundation of hope. Those values are at the very heart of what we do, and they always will be. Seven therapists from the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) …

Client Choice and Service Options

Emily Farley Center Information

At the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, we work with our community partners to ensure our clients have the best service provider for their specific needs, including those providers not directly employed by or affiliated with the Bert Nash Center. For more than 68 years, we have coordinated services to provide a seamless array of care. Per our history, …

Through changing times, Bert Nash Center’s focus remains constant: the welfare of its clients and support for its dedicated staff

Jeff Burkhead News & Notes

Elizabeth Day, a Child and Family Services team leader for the Bert Nash Center, stopped by Patrick Schmitz’s office this week. She wanted to deliver a message to the Bert Nash CEO in person. “I said that I am glad and proud that he is here,” said, Day, who has been a WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities) in-school therapist …

Spirit award

Emily Farley Child & Family Services, News & Notes

Julie Berndsen, lead waiver facilitator, is the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award. The award, named for the late Bert Nash CEO, is the highest honor a Bert Nash employee can receive. Julie’s parents, Dennis and Debbie, were on hand for the presentation. Congratulations, Julie!  

Pioneer Award winner follows in friend’s footsteps

Emily Farley News & Notes

If you ask Jean Milstead how she ended up serving on some board or getting involved with some organization, she has a common response. “Because of my friend Shirley Martin Smith.” Milstead and Smith first met in 1976. They’ve been friends ever since. “When I met Shirley, I immediately felt like I added a new member to my family,” Milstead …

Building bridges

Emily Farley Residental Housing Services

Bridges, the Bert Nash Center transitional home, received a makeover, thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation. Bridges team leader Rachel Neill and lead residential case manager Eddie Velez recently gave a tour of the remodeled space. Neill said the revamped space, which included new flooring and furnishings, is intended to be functional, inspirational and therapeutic. Neill also …