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the Bert Nash Community N E W S L E T T E R


Fall 2010

2 0 0 M A I N E S T R E E T | L AW R E N C E , K S 6 6 0 4 4 | ( 7 8 5 ) 8 4 3 - 9 19 2 | w w w. b e r t n a s h . o r g S i n c e 19 5 0 , t h e B e r t N a s h C o m m u n i t y M e n t a l H e a l t h C e n t e r h a s a d v a n c e d t h e m e n t a l h e a l t h o f t h e D o u g l a s C o u n t y communit y through comprehen sive behavioral health ser vices respon sive to evolving need s and changing environments.

Join us for the... Special thanks to the following for making this event possible: Bring the entire family and join us for the Bert Nash Dash & Bash - Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. in beautiful downtown Lawrence. We invite you to help us celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bert Nash Center at a very special event. Recognizing that being healthy and active contributes to good mental health, the Nash Dash, which has been a great community race since 2002, is stepping things up a notch with certified 5K & 10K races that will start and finish in historic downtown Lawrence. Even more exciting, the races will start at 4 p.m. – allowing friends, family, and the entire community to come show their support! “This event gives us a chance to highlight the importance of good physical health in supporting good mental health,” stated Jason Edmonds, chair of the event committee. “The Bert Nash Center has helped Douglas County residents for the past 60 years. The Nash Dash & Bash gives us an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of the past as we look forward to a healthy future for our entire community.” Along with the race there will be live music, food vendors, street entertainment, and children’s activities in the 600 block of Massachusetts that will continue until about 11 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public. Proceeds from race registrations, sponsorships and vending at the event will benefit the Bert Nash Endowment, which provides funds for affordable, comprehensive and quality mental health service to children, adults and families in Douglas County. If you are interested in sponsorship or volunteer opportunities for the event, contact Cindy Hart at For more details and to register for the race please visit

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+ From the Desk of the CEO

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+ Bert Nash Spotlight: Meet Joe Douglas

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+ Mental Health First Aid + Community Outreach Events

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From the Desk of the CEO School is starting – always an exciting time in Lawrence and a chance for me to be thankful again for our great partnerships with area school districts. Trying to make sure that children have access to mental health care remains a significant priority for the Bert Nash Center.

Governing Board of Directors David Ambler Barbara Ballard Steve Glass Don Grosdidier Carol Hatton, Chair David Johnson, CEO O. Maurice Joy Louise “Bootsie” Lauridsen Cindy Maude Ken McGovern Elizabeth Sheils Richard Spano Doug Stephens

Endowment Trustees Justin Anderson Bill Beedles Jason Edmonds Rosy Elmore, Chair Carol Hatton Kelvin Heck Dennis “Boog” Highberger David Johnson, CEO Alice Ann Johnston Ken McGovern Beth Stella Mike Treanor

Investment Committee William Beedles, Chair Carolyn Shelton Chuck Warner Kelly Welch

Each new study I come across confirms the need to advocate for increased awareness and funding for our WRAP program which puts clinicians in the schools in Lawrence and Eudora, the therapeutic classroom partnership with the Lawrence school district, and the work we do to maintain contact with children during school vacations. WRAP in Lawrence has been especially hard hit over the years but continues in the high schools and one junior high this year. One of the statistics we teach in Mental Health First Aid is that one half of all anxiety disorders are manifested by age 11. We also know that the younger the child, the less likely they are to get mental health care. Thank goodness we still have a presence in the elementary school in Eudora. Our work with the youngest kids is mainly preventative and is both effective and cost-effective but extremely difficult to find funding to do. Just this July, a new series of studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) found that nearly 1 in 10 drug-related hospital emergency department visits made by adolescents involved suicide attempts - with females making more than 72 percent of these attempts. What an expensive way to get mental health treatment. I promise we will continue to work toward the day when children can get the help they need long before they end up in an emergency room. We’ve been hard at work for sixty years to advance the mental health of the Douglas County Community and we look forward to what the next sixty years has in store. Please join us on October 9, 2010 in downtown Lawrence to honor our past and help secure our future.

I wish you good mental health,

BERT NASH CENTER 200 Maine Street Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 843-9192

David E. Johnson CEO, The Bert Nash Center Study available at:

Bert Nash Member


In each newsletter, we like to shine the spotlight on a member of our remarkable staff

Joe Douglas has been with the Bert Nash Center for nine years. He is one of three psychiatrists on staff. After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his medical internship and psychiatric rotation at the Cleveland Clinic. Following his service in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968, he completed his residency in psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1971 he started his career at the Lincoln Regional Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a staff psychiatrist. A recent story in the Lawrence Journal-World featured Dr. Douglas in a different role – as an Ironman competitor. He participated in his first Ironman competition on June 6 of this year. At age 70, he was listed as the oldest competitor from Kansas. The event included a 56-mile bike ride, a 13.1-mile run and a 1.2-mile swim. “I like to be active and I thought the Ironman would be a great challenge,” Douglas remarked. This was not the first time Dr. Douglas participated in a physically demanding event. In 2008 he participated in the California Death Ride, a grueling 129-mile bike ride through the California Alps. “I will never ride a bike into the mountains again without a rain suit,” he remarked. “Even though it was July, it was pouring rain and sleeting and I was freezing.”

Dr. Joseph Douglas, Psychiatrist

In his role at the Bert Nash Center, Dr. Douglas evaluates adult clients, writes prescriptions for medications and provides ongoing therapy. Sometimes he refers clients to one of the special services within the center, such as the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, or Intensive Outpatient Therapy.

“I have been in private practice and worked for several community mental health organizations in Kansas. What I like most about working at the Bert Nash Center is the level of cooperation here at the center, along with the depth and breadth of resources available,” Dr. Douglas remarked. After working at the center for nearly 10 years, he is still amazed at the level of commitment of center staff. “Recently, we had a client who needed some special services that were not available anywhere in the state. Through our network of contacts in the Midwest, and coordination with SRS and a number of our staff, it appears we will be able to send the client to an out-of-state program that should meet his needs. It was a remarkable example of how Bert Nash goes above and beyond the call of duty,” Dr. Douglas said. When he is not working at the center, Dr. Douglas relaxes by writing songs and playing his guitar, hiking and riding his bike. He also is active in the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice.

What clients have to say about Dr. Douglas and other services at Bert Nash: Sally* has been a Bert Nash Center client for over nine years, and she credits the center with reducing her psychiatric hospitalizations and suicidal feelings. Over the years, Sally has enjoyed many Bert Nash programs, including several months in the Intensive Outpatient Program, and many years with her therapist, Dr. Jean Dirks. Sally also sees Dr. Douglas for medication. In Sally’s words, both Dr. Douglas and Dr. Dirks are “very caring and helpful.” A self-employed professional who lives in Lawrence, John*, suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for more than 40 years. John was referred to the Anxiety Disorders Clinic by Dr. Douglas. “Dr. Douglas told me the clinic used a new kind of therapy, exposure therapy, and it was very effective. He really encouraged me to try it.” After a year in the program, he is extremely pleased with his progress. He has participated in two anxiety disorders groups and meets weekly with Dr. Sandra Lawrence, director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic for one-on-one counseling. “I am so thankful to Dr. Douglas, Dr. Lawrence, and the Bert Nash Center. I have never been so happy. The treatment has given me my life back,” John stated. *Names have been changed

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If someone is having a heart attack,you know to call 911.

FALL CLASSES September Session Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 4-7pm

:: Healthy Aging Month September 2010

October Session Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 4-7pm

:: Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Fair Saturday, 9/17, 7:30-11am @ Lawrence Memorial Hospital

NOVEMBER Session Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 4-7pm All sessions are held at the Bert Nash Center in the second floor Board Room.

What if someone you know said, “I no longer want to live, there is no point.”

Would you know what to do? Learn how to handle this and other mental health crisis situations as well as becoming familiar with common mental health issues by enrolling in Mental Health First Aid Classes. Classes are offered most months through four, 3-hour sessions; for $25 per person - which covers instruction, a manual, and snacks. Visit for more information

:: National Depression Screening Day Thursday, 10/7 Depression Screens available here at the Center :: Wild Over Wellness Festival Monday, 10/11, 1-6pm Eudora Community Center :: Mental Health Wellness Week November 2010

What’s New in the Therapeutic Classroom...

The Therapeutic Classroom is a jointly sponsored program by the Center and Lawrence Public Schools providing an alternative to the traditional classroom setting for students with severe emotional problems.

:: Meet Ranger, the newest member of the therapy team in our Secondary Therapeutic Classroon. Ranger is currently training to become a therapy dog. Scout, the current therapy dog, will retire after this school year.

Welcome to the center, Ranger!

Center launches history website

to honor 60 Years of Commitment to Community “This history of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is the story of people who have cared deeply about helping others in their community. It is the story of the pioneering work of Bert Nash, in whose memory the Center was created, and his lifelong advocacy of the community’s role in supporting the mental health of its citizens. It is the story of the dedicated group of founders who oversaw the birth of a revolutionary idea, establishing the Bert Nash Clinic more than a decade in advance of the bold federal initiative to base mental health services in the community instead of in hospitals. It is the story of the efforts of a diverse collection of people in a multitude of roles, who have provided the stewardship essential to the Bert Nash Center’s evolution into a vital community agency.” {Sandra Shaw, March 16, 2001, From the introduction of Committment to Community:The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center A History}

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September 2010 Newsletter | Bert Nash Center  

September 2010 Newsletter | Bert Nash Center

September 2010 Newsletter | Bert Nash Center  

September 2010 Newsletter | Bert Nash Center