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Social Services

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

The Center is a non-profit community mental health organization offering a wide range of outpatient mental health services for residents of Douglas County, KS. Founded in 1950, the Bert Nash Center was created in memory of Dr. Bert Nash (1898-1947), a University of Kansas educational psychologist and community leader dedicated to improving the health of Kansas children. Today the Center is a licensed, comprehensive mental health facility committed to providing research-based services to improve the lives of Douglas County residents.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Court Appoint Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers trained to be advocates for children who have been abused and neglected and are under the protection of the court. The volunteers are appointed by the judge to meet regularly with the child, review records, and talk to family members and professionals involved in the child's case. They report information to the judge, make recommendations to promote the child's best interests, and monitor compliance with the court's orders until the child has been placed in a safe, permanent home.

Douglas County Legal Aid Society

The Douglas County Legal Aid Society offers legal assistance. The types of cases handled include domestic relations, municipal court criminal cases, juvenile cases as appointed by the court, landlord/tenant cases, consumer cases and public assistance cases. Legal Aid is staffed by third year law students from the University of Kansas who are supervised by School of Law faculty. (Source:

KU Child & Family Services Clinic

The mission of the Child & Family Services Clinic is to provide affordable, quality mental health care to the children, adolescents, and families of the Lawrence community and surrounding areas. We are a training clinic for the Ph.D. graduate students of the Clinical Child Psychology program at the University of Kansas. (Source:

Trinity In-Home Care

Trinity In-Home Care is a local nonprofit agency providing affordable in-home assistance with housekeeping, personnel care, care giver relief, and non-medical support for individuals who may not be able to remain in their home otherwise. TIHC has been serving Douglas County, KS since 1976. (Source:

Senior Resource Center for Douglas County

The Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, Inc. is committed to provide resources, services, opportunities, and advocacy that enhance the quality of the second half of life. As the clearinghouse for senior resources, SRC is the county’s central hub of information for seniors, their families, and professionals. SRC itself also provides many services: Senior Meals (home delivery), Senior Wheels (transportation), Medicare counseling and enrollment, caregiver support, emergency financial assistance, classes, clubs, social events, tax assistance, legal aid, and much more.

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging (JAAA)

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging (JAAA) provides information, referral and services for older Kansans and their caregivers residing in Shawnee, Jefferson and Douglas Counties. JAAA is a bridge to the aging network providing services for seniors such as case management, caregiver support, and information and outreach. Through partnerships with other community agencies, JAAA also coordinates service delivery. (Source:

Lawrence Workforce Center

The Lawrence Workforce Center is a single point of entry to a network of employment, training, and educational programs and providers in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties. They help employers find skilled workers and help career seekers access the tools needed to manage their careers through high quality information and services. (Source: