We host regular in-person and virtual tours, re-occurring events designed to keep you informed about our current and future efforts, and events to celebrate the successes of our clinicians, staff, and clients.
Attending Bert Nash Center events is a great way to join our community, advocate for better behavioral health care in our community, and to meet likeminded people with a passion for whole-person care.
The Pioneer Award is given to an individual(s) in Douglas County whose efforts and achievements to secure accessible comprehensive community mental health services for all residents of Douglas County are exceptional and typify the progressive, caring spirit which led to the founding of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Below are the past recipients of the Pioneer Award.
2022: Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ
2021: Dr. Anthony Strickland
2020: Shannon Oury
2019: Douglas County Commissioners Derusseau, Kelly, Thellman as well as County Admin. Sarah Plinsky, Assistant County Admin. Jill Jolicoeur, & Director of Behavioral Health Projects Bob Tryanski
2018: Stephen Maceli
2017: Jean Milstead
2016: Bill Beedles
2015: Douglas County Law Enforcement Agencies
2014: Shirley Martin-Smith & Tersea Treanor
2013: Heartland Community Health Center
2012: Paul Taylor
2011: County Commissioners Thellman, Gaughan, Flory & County Administrator Craig Weinaug
2010: Mental Health in Douglas County in the 20th Century. Honoring the Nash family, the Menninger family and the Shaw / Witt family.
2009: Barbara Huppee & Pam Weigand
2008: Randy Weseman
2007: Former Kansas Governor Mike Hayden
2006: Dr. Max Graves
2005: O. Maurice & Betsy Joy
2004: Dolph Simons, Jr.
2003: Sandra J Shaw, Ph.D.
2002: Rick Trapp & Frank Shontz
2001: Lynwood Smith, M.D.
2000: Judge Jean F. Shepherd
1999: Michael Roberts, Ph.D.
1998: Carolyn Schroeder, Ph.D.
1997: Matthew N. Stein, M.D.
1996: William Binns
1995: Judge James W. (Bill) Paddock
1994: Dr. George & Carole Pinches & Dr. Charles Rapp
1993: Robert Oyler
1992: Lawrence Community Chest; Lawrence Lions Club; and, Bill Simons
1991: Jessie Branson & Lawrence Kiwanis Club
1990: Howard & Virginia O’Connor; Charles & Tensie Oldfather & Henry D. Remple
1989: Sam Adame; Arthur A. Heck; Betty Larson; Bettie-Lou Metsker; Judge Charles Rankin; Dr. James Stachowiak; & Margaret Wedge
1988: Charles Banning; Alwilna Burris; Dr. James Campbell; John Crown; Bernece Glass; Dr. Phillip A. & Phoebe Godwin; D. M. Harris; Jack Harris; Roseann Hurwitz; Dr. Ted Kennedy; Evadne Laptad; Ethel Lynn; Bill Mayer; Jesse Milan; Russ Mosser; Elmer W. Ousdahl; & John Weatherwax
1987: Richard Allen; Louise Cook; Donald Hults; Steve Jones; Dr. George Learned; Deane Malott; P. Everett Sperry; & Dr. M. Erik Wright
1986: William J. Brink; Mrs. Juliett Clapp; Judge Frank Gray; Dr. Sigmund Gundle; Dr. M. J. Horowitz; Mrs. Ogden Jones; Miss Electa Kindlesperger; Dr. Carl Knox; Dr. J. M. Mott; Dr. Bert & Ruth Nash; Dr. W. O. Nelson; Myrl Penny; Mrs. Henry Shenk; Dr. Henry P. Smith; Mrs. Frank T. Stockton; Charles D. Stough; Rev. Dale Turner; Miss Esther Twente; Mrs. Mildred Watson; Marcella Wolfson; & Dr. Parke Woodard