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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/apr/17/316193/ 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 ...

Longtime KU business school professor to receive Bert Nash Pioneer Award

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/mar/27/315845/ When his friend and mentor Maurice Joy asked him to join the Bert Nash Investment Committee in 1996, Bill Beedles didn’t hesitate to serve. “There was a resignation on the committee and he asked me to join, and I was thrilled to do so,” Beedles said. Then he was ...

Bert Nash Center, Housing Authority receive HOME award

Jeff Burkhead

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 ...

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

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/nov/07/311702/ 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 ...

Bert Nash clients benefit from therapeutic lifestyle changes

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/15/310342/ Everyone could use some TLC. For people who struggle with depression, that is especially true. In this case, TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, rather than tender loving care. Preliminary research suggests that Therapeutic Lifestyle Change is an effective treatment for depression. Bert Nash offers a TLC group that ...

Van Go "Life Changes" mural continues to have impact at Bert Nash Center

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/15/310337/ It took all of eight weeks to complete the design and painting of the mural on the second floor of the Bert Nash Center. That was 14 years ago. But the impact the mural has on children and families who visit the second floor of the Center lives on. ...

"My hope is that more people take this class. It could be life-saving."

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/07/310175/ Mental Health First Aid is life-changing and can be life-saving. I took the course at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center five years ago when I was a health reporter for a television station and newspaper. I wanted to be better educated about mental health because I interviewed people ...

Mental illness educational class offered for family members

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jul/25/309462/ If you have a family member or friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would like to have a better understanding of their illness so you can better relate and help them, here is an opportunity to get that education. “Family to Family” is a series of ...

Bert Nash summer program encourages mental, physical health

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/14/308223/ School’s out, and that means it’s time for the Bert Nash Summer Program. The program, called Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, runs from June 7 to July 28 and will involve about 75 kids. “We have a lot of kids this year,” said Rhonda Stubbs, who oversees the program and ...

To an anxious friend: Help is available

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/09/308094/ As the leader of anxiety therapy groups at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Jason Khomsi knows what he’s talking about. Because he’s lived it. “I used to struggle with social anxiety,” Khomsi said. “So a lot of the skills I teach in the anxiety classes I had ...

Mr. Fix It describes Spirit Award winner

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/09/308077/ Paul Williams likes being behind the scenes. But not nearly as much as he likes helping people. Williams, the Bert Nash Mental Health Center IT manager, is the epitome of a problem-solver. And he’s an all-around good guy besides. Described in a nomination letter as “Someone who is liked ...

Partners in mental health: Bert Nash honors local law enforcement

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/08/307986/ For as long as anyone can remember, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and law enforcement have had a working relationship. Since the early 2000s, that relationship has changed. For the better. “I see it as a partnership,” said Amber Rhoden of the Lawrence Police Department. “We want to ...

City commissioners recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month

Jeff Burkhead

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Learning a new way to live, setbacks and all

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/may/06/306930/ Walk into Angie Boster’s apartment these days and the window blinds will be open. That never used to happen. “I didn’t want the outside world seeing me,” she said. Now she’s not afraid to let the light — or the outside world — in. 2015 was a big year ...

Remembering Bob Nash

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/18/306259/ The Center lost a dear friend last week. Bob Nash was so proud of the staff and the outstanding work of the Center and would frequently say he knew his father would be touched that his name and legacy have continued on for so many years. We will sincerely ...

Bert Nash to honor local law enforcement with Pioneer Award

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/13/306045/ For as long as anyone can remember, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and law enforcement have had a working relationship. Since the early 2000s, that relationship has changed. For the better. “I see it as a partnership,” said Amber Rhoden of the Lawrence Police Department. “We want to ...

Annual Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/04/305718/ The Pioneer Celebration recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute their time, effort and energy to advance the mental health of the Douglas County community. This year, the Pioneer Award will be presented to Douglas County law enforcement agencies, in recognition of their commitment and service to people with mental ...

That's the spirit

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/04/305716/ Paul Williams, the Bert Nash IT manager, is this year's recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award, the highest award given annually to a Bert Nash staff member. The award, named for the longtime Bert Nash CEO, was presented March 28 at an all-staff meeting. Williams has been with ...

New therapy group to focus on trauma survivors

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/04/305703/ As a therapist, Heather Davis hears a lot of different stories, and they’re all unique. But there’s a common theme: Trauma. “Trauma is so common,” said Davis, an Adult Services therapist at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. “It’s rare to have someone come in who doesn’t have some ...

Bert Nash team helps inmates with mental illness reenter the real world

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/04/305701/ When inmates with a history of mental illness are released from the Douglas County Jail, they don’t have to go back into the world without help. Or without a plan. The reentry program at the jail includes a staff person from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center who ...

Breakfast WRAP

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/feb/03/302673/ Charlie Kuszmaul, team leader for the Bert Nash WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilites) in-school program, and Frances Rico, WRAP therapist at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, gave a presentation Feb. 2 to the Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club. http://on.fb.me/1SXWK5l

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/28/301181/ Frances Rico believes it is important to practice what she preaches. Rico, who during the school year is a mental health clinician at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, spends her summers working with youth to help them understand the connection between physical health and mental health. Rico is a ...

The art of finding hope in life

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/23/301081/ For a long time, Sean Sullivan was missing something in his life. Hope. He found it at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. “I really owe it to Bert Nash for giving me that hope,” he said. “If it weren’t for Bert Nash, I don’t know where I ...

WRAP receives anonymous gift, local support to expand program

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/18/300816/ During the past three years, more than 1,600 people have attended a Discover Bert Nash event — a community outreach program that highlights stories about people whose lives have been changed through services they received at the mental health center. At each of the more than 100 Discover Bert ...

Congresswoman honored for championing mental health legislation

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/16/300711/ David Johnson, CEO at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, remembers the first time Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins toured the Center and heard stories about people whose lives had been changed because of the services they received. The congresswoman also heard about the funding challenges facing community ...

Bert Nash, Housing Authority receive funding to continue rental assistance program

Jeff Burkhead

The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received an award of $75,000 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 ...

Peer support specialist shares his story with others who are working on their own recovery

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/nov/05/298872/ When Bill Welch interviewed for a job at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, he discovered a problem. He had applied for the wrong job. But, as fate would have it, it turned out to be exactly the right job. “I came in and interviewed and after five ...

Friends, community supporters celebrate Bert Nash Center

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/nov/04/298832/ Building Hope: Friends and supporters celebrate the life-changing work of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Photo album: http://on.fb.me/1GM7orv.

Retiring Bert Nash Adult Services director: A legacy of mental health care

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/aug/28/295920/ Eunice Ruttinger, Adult Services Director at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, who will retire Sept. 4, is excited about the next chapter in her life. But she has mixed emotions about leaving the place she has called her work home for the past 11 years. “I love Bert ...

Remembering Dr. Franklin Shontz

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/aug/06/295067/ Sincerest sympathies to the family of Dr. Franklin Shontz, who died this morning. Dr. Shontz taught psychology at KU from 1960 to 1992. He was a longtime supporter and friend of the Bert Nash Center. Dr. Shontz made a financial gift to Bert Nash to support the Nancy Shontz ...

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