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 ...

Bert Nash, housing authority have long — and successful — history of partnering to provide housing for homeless

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/aug/05/295046/ When it comes to affordable housing, it definitely takes a village. The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority knows that better than most. “We’re all in this together,” said Shannon Oury, housing authority executive director. The city of Lawrence is among those partnering with the housing authority to reduce homelessness in ...

Acquiring the tools for life

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jul/07/293991/ Kyle Roggenkamp has a unique relationship with the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. In his role as human resources director for Ballard Community Services, at the Penn House location, he interacts almost daily with the Bert Nash staff. He is also a client. “It’s all about the tools,” ...

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bob Mikesic

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 are taking place across the nation. The public is invited to two local events celebrating the ADA 25th Anniversary. The first takes ...

Bert Nash Community Newsletter

Jeff Burkhead

Check out the latest newsletter, which is included in today's LJ World, and is available online http://bit.ly/1NuYX21. http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/30/293650/

Courageous Voices: Bert Nash Center 2014 annual report

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/apr/22/290389/ Thank you to all of the Courageous Voices who share their inspiring stories of hope, healing and recovery. Read our 2014 annual report online at: http://bit.ly/1DdyPSc

Health fair Thursday, April 23 offers opportunity to learn about the Bert Nash Health Connections program

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/apr/20/290328/ Learn about the Bert Nash Health Connections program http://bit.ly/1NDKdPo at a health fair from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the second-floor meeting rooms at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. in Lawrence. The purpose of the health fair is to promote the Health Connections program to the ...

Bert Nash staffer passionate about her work with children and families AND her music

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jan/30/286068/ Julie Berndsen has been singing since she was a young girl. She sang publicly for the first time when she was in sixth grade. She performed in a community musical of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” That was the start of her singing career. “People said you should ...

Lifestyle changes improve woman's physical and mental health

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jan/05/284529/ Tanya Guy had plenty of reasons to give thanks this holiday season. “I’m energetic. I feel healthy. I’m not as depressed. My mental health is a lot better. I have a better outlook about life,” she said. Guy didn’t used to feel this way. “I was really over weight, ...

A picture of 2014

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/dec/30/284217/ Faces of Bert Nash — See photo gallery of the people who work on the front lines and behind the scenes to serve the residents of Douglas County: on.fb.me/1rxTilB.

Bert Nash staff share holiday traditions

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/dec/22/284005/ My mother came from Russia and my grandfather from Greece. The family history is seriously steeped in traditions. Most of my family has passed away now, but the traditions remain. I am a baking buff for one thing. I have spent years creating and perfecting outrageous muffin combinations. My ...

Music therapy can be a powerful emotional tool; helps clients manage how they think and feel

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/dec/08/283404/ You don’t have to be a musician to play music. At least it’s not a requirement of music therapy. “If you have no music skill, it doesn’t matter,” said George Wanke, the former integrated dual diagnosis treatment team leader at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center who helped launch ...

Friends, community supporters celebrate Bert Nash Center

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/nov/12/282122/ Courageous voices photo gallery: http://on.fb.me/1xythCY.

Bert Nash, Housing Authority receive funds for rental assistance program to help those with serious mental illness

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 Corp. for continuation of the Community Support Services HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance program. The funds will be administered by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and ...

Public invited to dedication of Sandra J. Shaw Community Health Park; space to honor longtime Bert Nash CEO

Jeff Burkhead

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Intensive outpatient program at Bert Nash helps those in crisis stay out of the hospital, learn new skills

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/sep/14/278977/ IOP, as it’s called, can be thought of like a “recovery” menu. Included on that menu is a whole range of mental health services that are available, depending on the client’s needs. The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center has been helping Douglas ...

Bert Nash benefits team helps make the impossible possible for clients

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/23/276682/ The acronym is fitting. SOAR. The program’s full name — SSI (Supplemental Security Income)/SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Outreach, Access and Recovery — is a mouthful. But what is it? SOAR is a national project that expedites the disability application process for people who are homeless or at risk ...

Kickin' back: Chris Ford is a team leader at Bert Nash as well as on the kickball field

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/29/276967/ For Chris Ford, kickball and mental health are closely related. When he and his wife, Marisa, moved to Lawrence about eight years ago, they moved into a house on Vermont Street. From their living room, Ford could see kickball games going on across the street at South Park. “I ...

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