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 ...

Vacation Bible school supports training of new Bert Nash therapy dog

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/29/276984/ Sunny, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center therapy-dog-in-training, made some new friends this summer. The 7-month-old Lab/Golden Retriever mix will go through training this summer and fall to become certified as a therapy dog. And Sunny’s training will be funded in part by a donation from the Immanuel ...

New Bert Nash health home will coordinate care delivery

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/25/276819/ When the Bert Nash health home opens Aug. 1, it won’t involve new construction, or a new address. There’s a good reason for that. “A health home is not a building,” said Amy Warren, who heads up the program’s six-member team. So what is a health home? “It’s the ...

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/25/276805/ Elementary students who participated in the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Summer Program receive certificates. Great job, kids. Special thanks to Pinckney School for use of the classroom space. And thanks to the Bert Nash staff for providing another fun and learning-filled Summer Program. See photos http://on.fb.me/1o0f2Ox

Picnic in the park

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/25/276804/ Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's IDDT (integrated dual diagnosis treatment) team hosts annual picnic in the park. Photo gallery: http://on.fb.me/1xbVVq4

Bert Nash will celebrate birthday; it's the dedicated staff who make the Center what it is

Jeff Burkhead

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will turn 64 on Saturday. The Bert Nash Mental Health Clinic, as it was originally called, opened on July 5, 1950 http://bit.ly/19B0QVB. Two years after the death of Bert Nash, the renowned University of Kansas psychologist, community organizers created the clinic as a "living ...

Free falling: Bert Nash staff member feels at home in the sky

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/23/275535/ Flying through the air at 120 mph, Mathew Faulk feels, well, grounded. “Skydiving is therapeutic,” said Faulk, a member of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center homeless outreach team who is also a skydiver. “Not to make a pun, but it’s very grounding. I have degrees in philosophy ...

Retiring Eudora superintendent: Mental health services need to be in the schools ... because that's where the kids are

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/12/274988/ When Don Grosdidier retires June 30, he will certainly have left his mark. Not only on the school district, which he has been part of for 28 years, but on the Eudora community, which he has been part of for much longer. More than brick-and-mortar projects, and there have ...

'The life I have now'

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/12/274987/ It used to be, Jim Kytasaari had it all backward. He would treat loneliness with isolation. He would treat depression with a depressant. It was a vicious cycle. “There was no way out of it,” Kytasaari said. But there was a way out. And that way out led Kytasaari ...

On the run: Exercise good for physical and mental health

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/11/274947/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/11/274948/ Rosemary Corbin likes running because it is good for her health, and not just her physical health. “It’s therapeutic for me,” said Corbin, who is supervisor of the Access Center at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center; the staff of the Access Center conducts client intakes and ...

Ties to Bert Nash: Son proud to see father's legacy continued

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/23/274242/ At the beginning of each Discover Bert Nash event, Steve Glass, chairman of the Bert Nash Governing Board of Directors, asks guests to introduce themselves and share if they have ties to the mental health center. At a May 13 Discover event — a community outreach program designed to ...

Longtime special education teacher — and her therapy dog — retire from Secondary Therapeutic Classroom at Bert Nash

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/23/274261/ For nearly four decades, Lanell Finneran has been a teacher. It isn’t easy to walk away from something she loves. “It’s bittersweet because I love this job,” Finneran said. “Have there been moments of frustration? Absolutely. But that’s with every job. This is one of the most fulfilling jobs ...

City, county proclaim Mental Health Month, help raise awareness

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/14/273516/ “MENTAL HEALTH MONTH” Office of the Mayor Proclamation Lawrence, Kansas WHEREAS: The U.S. Surgeon General states that mental health is fundamental to health, personal well-being, family, and interpersonal relationships, and contributes to community and society; and WHEREAS: Mental illness affects one in four Americans every year, regardless of age, ...

Movement class is good medicine for the mind and body

Jeff Burkhead

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/12/273346/ When teaching movement as medicine, Mari Mahinay tells class members there is no time like the present. Literally. “That is the basis of movement as medicine,” she said. “It encourages people to be present in the moment and be aware of their body.” Mahinay is a nurse practitioner at ...

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