Community partners, search committee members: New CEO obvious choice to carry on Bert Nash Center tradition

Emily Farley Center Information, News & Notes

Patrick Schmitz knows he is joining some select company. Schmitz, 51, will become just the third CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in nearly 40 years. He will succeed David Johnson, who is in his 17th year as CEO of the Bert Nash Center and is retiring the first of July. Johnson’s predecessor, Sandra Shaw, was CEO …

New therapy group offers support system

Emily Farley Adult Services

Bert Nash offers a variety of group therapy options, depending on the evolving needs of Douglas County residents. One of the newest therapy groups is for transgender men and women. “We try to meet the needs of everybody who walks through the door,” said Amy Hammer, Adult Outpatient Program therapist who leads the new transgender group. The group started in …

Bert Nash programs offer hope

Emily Farley Adult Services, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

When the Bert Nash Center was building its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs in the 1990s, it received a lot of consultation and support from other program professionals who were ahead of the curve. Now, it’s returning the favor. “It feels very collaborative and collegial versus competitive and hierarchical,” said Juliet Nelson, who is the …

Change is possible, no matter the age

Emily Farley Adult Services, Successful Aging

The 70-year-old client is an accountant by trade. So, when Ruth Shadel, Bert Nash aging specialist, talked to him about the cost and benefits of his actions, that made sense. “But this was a different context,” the client said. Shadel and the client connected not on a numbers level but on a trust level, which is important in the client-therapist …

Therapy group offers connections for millennials

Emily Farley Adult Services

Amy Volweider can relate to what it’s like to be a millennial. Because she is one. Volweider is a therapist in the Adult Outpatient Program at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. At 28, she is at the upper end of the millennial age range, which is considered to be 18 to 34. So she can appreciate the issues …

That’s a WRAP: Charlie Kuszmaul calls it a career

Emily Farley News & Notes, WRAP

Charlie Kuszmaul, who retired in November, spent 25 years on staff at the Bert Nash Center. For most of that time — 19 years, to be exact — he was the driving force behind a program that places a mental health therapist in Douglas County schools. Known as WRAP, which stands for Working to Recognize Alternative possibilities, the in-school therapy …

Bert Nash, Housing Authority collaborate on housing project for people with mental illness

Emily Farley News & Notes

Bert Nash Center and Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have a long history of working together. The newest partnership between the two organizations involves plans to develop an eight-unit apartment building adjacent to a proposed crisis center, across from the Bert Nash Center, 200 Maine St. “This is probably the strongest partnership between a community mental health center and a housing …

Bert Nash Center, Housing Authority receive HOME award

Emily Farley News & Notes

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received an award of $80,000 from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for continuation of the Community Support Services HOME tenant-based rental assistance program. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority will administer the funds. The Community Support Services HOME tenant-based rental assistance program is a collaboration between the Bert …

Opinion: Why I support the proposal for jail, crisis center

Emily Farley News & Notes

I began my career standing at the bars of the Des Moines City Jail interviewing people to see if they qualified for release on their own recognizance or release with treatment services. Since then, I have visited jails and prisons in multiple states. I know we have a major problem with mass incarceration in our country. If you have a …