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 …

New Child and Family Services director’s own experiences inspired career path

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

Being a kid can be tough. Stephen O’Neill knows from personal experience. O’Neill’s struggles growing up and the help he received not only shaped the person he is today but inspired him to pursue a career where he could help children and families. That career path brought him to the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, where O’Neill is the …

Healthcare agencies committed to working together

Emily Farley News & Notes

On Monday, June 11, 2018, senior leadership from five individual agencies (Bert Nash Center, DCCCA, Heartland Community Health Center, Heartland RADAC and Lawrence Memorial Hospital) met with a diverse group of community members who support improvements in our health and human services system. We thank them for taking the time to meet with us. The individual healthcare agencies are committed …

Douglas County stepping up its efforts to reduce number of people with mental illnesses in local jail

Emily Farley News & Notes

Douglas County is continuing its efforts to reduce the number of people who have serious mental illnesses (SMI) in the local criminal justice system by launching an intensive data-driven project in conjunction with The Council of State Governments Justice Center. Douglas County will receive intensive technical assistance from the national nonprofit to help them answer core questions about how many …