New HR director: “It is a perfect fit”

Emily Farley News & Notes

How do you feel about joining the Bert Nash team? “I am thrilled, excited and honored to be joining the Bert Nash team. I feel like it is a perfect fit. The center has a long, proud history in the community — working to better people’s quality of life. My whole career has been dedicated to that same type of …

After 29 years, Bert Nash COO ready for next thing

Emily Farley News & Notes

There’s a plaque on the door of Patricia Roach Smith’s office that reads, “Don’t worry. It is all going to be amazing.” The saying underscores her anticipation about the next phase in her life — retirement. After 29 years with the Bert Nash Center — the past 16 as chief operating officer — Roach Smith’s last day at the Center …

Amy Warren named new Bert Nash COO

Emily Farley News & Notes

When Amy Warren was doing her social work practicum in the late 1990s at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Patricia Roach Smith was her field instructor. Roach Smith was the director of Child and Family Services at Bert Nash at the time and Warren was going through the Master of Social Work degree program at the University of …

New program: Making a difference in people’s lives

Emily Farley Adult Services

Naomi Cataudella and Paul Leffingwell have been in their roles as AID clinicians at the Douglas County Jail for less than two years. But in that short time the program has quickly gained national attention. AID stands for assess, identify and divert. The unique program is a collaboration between Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office …

Client benefits from different therapy options offered at the Bert Nash Center

Emily Farley Adult Services

When he came to Bert Nash Center, the client reported feeling alone, hopeless, worthless and depressed. And he had written a suicide note. A little more than a year later, after participating in different therapy groups offered at the Center, the client is in a much better place. “He became more engaged after several sessions,” said Adult Outpatient Program therapist …

Retiring Bert Nash CEO reflects on 16-year run

Emily Farley News & Notes

When asked about the best job he ever had, David Johnson didn’t hesitate. “This job,” Johnson said. “Absolutely, this job.” This job may well be the last one he will ever have. After 17 years as CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Johnson, 65, will retire around the first of July. His successor, Patrick Schmitz, will start …

Welcome Patrick Schmitz, new Bert Nash CEO

Emily Farley News & Notes

“I am honored and excited to be joining Bert Nash on June 5 and its staff of highly dedicated, talented and professional team members. I look forward to getting to know all of you, working alongside of you and helping continue the legacy and reputation of high-quality, effective services to the citizens of Douglas County. I am impressed with the …