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Bert Nash Center announces new Senior Director of Crisis Services

Ryan Sztorch

For the past 17 years, Ryan Sztorch has been involved in the crisis continuum in Kansas. He’s excited to bring that experience to his new role.

Ryan is the new Senior Director of Crisis Services at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

“I’m thrilled and appreciative of this opportunity to integrate and strengthen crisis services within Douglas County,” Ryan said. “This role will challenge me, and I’m eager to learn from my teammates who are embedded in these important roles. I want to learn what needs our Bert Nash Center team has, the citizens of Douglas County, our community partners, and ask them all how I can help remove hurdles for them to do what they do best.”

Before starting his new duties today, Ryan was the Adult Residential Team Leader for The Recovery Place with Johnson County Mental Health. The Recovery Place is an integrated adult detox unit and crisis recovery center.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Ryan’s dedication and expertise join our team,” said Bert Nash Center CEO Patrick Schmitz. “His passion for this work is inspiring and the level of experience he brings will help us build on the already wonderful job our crisis teams are doing to serve our community members.”

As part of his role of Senior Director of Crisis Services, Ryan will work closely with the team at the Treatment and Recovery Center of Douglas County, which is operated by the Bert Nash Center.

“The TRC is unique, intentionally designed, aesthetically stunning, and the resources allocated to its ability to serve clients and the community is unmatched,” Ryan said. “The passion for service was abundantly clear within minutes of my walking in the front door. The focus on integrated treatment for substance use and mental health is consistent with my values and purpose in our field.”

Ryan will also be involved with overseeing the Bert Nash Center’s Mobile Response Team. The team provides crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization services to a person at the location where they are experiencing a behavioral mental health crisis.

“Expanding our crisis continuum is needed, exciting, and I feel motivated and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of this life-saving work,” Ryan said.


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