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About the BNC

The Bert Nash Center (BNC) is the designated community mental health center & the certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHC) for Douglas County, KS. 

What We Do

As a certified community behavioral health clinic, we focus on the whole-person care, providing access to behavioral health services, as well as integrated care that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical-behavioral health integration. 

The Bert Nash Center (BNC) provides a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorders services that address the diverse needs of children, families, and adults. BNC offers crisis care, education, consultation and outreach services promoting wellness, addressing health disparities, and early identification of behavioral health concerns warranting professional help. The team at the BNC includes highly trained professionals dedicated to providing person-and family-centered planning that includes, prevention, community inclusion and support. 

Our History

BNC was founded in 1950 in honor of Dr. Bert Nash, an educational psychologist at the University of Kansas and respected community leader. Today, the Center is a licensed, comprehensive behavioral health facility committed to providing research-based services to improve the lives of Douglas County residents. It serves as a safety-net provider and essential health care service for children, families, and adults regardless of their ability to pay.

A black and white photograph of Bert Nash.

Leadership Team

Boards & Committees

Jay Armbrister
Barbara Ballard
Clay Britton
Gene Bauer

Katherine Couvillon
Gene Dorsey
Josh Davis

Christina Haswood
Kirsten Kuhn
Bruce Liese
Kristina Mease
Lucia Orth
Matthew Herbert, Chair
Tina Rosenthal

The Governing Board ensures that proper professional standards are upheld. The Board directs the Chief Executive Officer in carrying out Center policies and authorizes and approves contracts and agreements. The Board provides adequate financing and control of expenditures, and reviews and approves the annual budget. All upcoming board meetings are listed under the events page. For questions regarding the Board, please email Carrie Combs, senior executive assistant,

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