What if I or a family member needs help right now?

If you, or your family member, are in need of immediate mental health care, please call 785-843-9192 or 911.

If you or your family member lives in Kansas but not in Douglas County, please call Kansas Health Solutions crisis hotline at 1-800-466-2222 or contact your local Community Mental Health Center.

If you or your family member lives outside of Kansas, please contact your local Community Mental Health Center.

How do I schedule an appointment?

When you call Bert Nash and ask for an appointment to see a therapist you will be referred to our Admissions Team. An admissions staff member will recommend you come to the center during specific hours to complete your first initial assessment. During this time you can expect up to 90 minutes for your first initial appointment.

Open Access Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 4 pm

Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

**For child and family services, a parent or legal guardian needs to accompany a minor for the initial intake process. A legal guardian must have signed paperwork indicating guardianship.

What to expect:

  1. Arrive at the Community Health Facility (200 Maine). When you come in you will go to the first-floor reception of the Bert Nash Center.
  2. You will meet with an Admissions representative for pre-admissions registration.
  3. You will then have a full mental health clinical assessment with a licensed therapist.
  4. The therapist will determine the next steps for your treatment and set up your next appointment.

If you are in a crisis situation you will not have to wait for an appointment.

What should I bring?

  • Insurance card,
  • Verification of household income (W2s or last three pay stubs),
  • Cost of any co-pays your insurance requires.

If your insurance is provided through a family member, please have their Social Security number and date of birth available. We may not be able to access your insurance without this information.

Will insurance pay for my appointments? How is the billing done?

In order to receive services, you must be a Douglas County resident. During your registration, you will be asked to provide information about insurance and income in order to determine your payment rate. Fees vary according to the services provided and are comparable to or lower than the cost of similar services in private agencies. Bert Nash is an approved provider for mental health services for many insurance providers. Our staff files claims to private insurers, Medicaid (Kansas), and Medicare. Clients without insurance may qualify for sliding scale fees based on income. Payment is expected at the time service is provided.

How do you verify my insurance, so I know how much I will pay?

Our staff is dedicated to make every effort to verify insurance benefits. However, what you will actually pay depends on your insurance policy fee. Most often we will not be able to get information regarding the fee from your insurance company prior to your visit. We highly encourage you to confirm that the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is “in-network” for your coverage and if not, does your policy cover “out-of-network” benefits for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

Where is the Bert Nash office? When is the office open?

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200 Maine St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Fax 785-843-2219

Appointments scheduled during the week Monday – Friday


During what holidays is Bert Nash closed?

January 2New Year's Day
January 16Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
May 29Memorial Day
July 4Independence Day
September 4Labor Day
November 23Thanksgiving
November 24Day after Thanksgiving
December 22Floating Holiday Set by Administration
December 25Christmas Day

What is the policy for confidentiality?

Maintaining confidentiality is essential. Information you share with members of our staff will not be given to any other person without your written consent, or in special situations defined by law.

Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describe how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.


What is Title VI Public Notice?

Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Inc.

  • Bert Nash CMHC operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Bert Nash CMHC.
  • For more information on the Bert Nash CMHCs procedures to file a complaint, contact 785-843-9192; email mmeigs@bertnash.org; or visit our office at 200 Maine Street, Suite A, Lawrence, KS 66044. For more information, visit www.bertnash.org
  • A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590