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Recovery Campus

The Behavioral Health Leadership Coalition has developed a proposal to build a recovery campus located immediately adjacent to Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and across the street from Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Heartland Community Health Center. 

The proposed campus will have the following buildings and services for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders:Renderings from Treanor Architects of the transitional housing and apartments.

Crisis Center

The 14-bed crisis center would be open 24/7 and provide: 23-hour observation, medication-assisted detox, crisis stabilization for up to 72 hours, respite beds for stays of up to 14 days.

Transitional Housing (Tier 2)

The transitional housing, which will be a congregate-style living setting, will serve up to 12 clients of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. These clients will attend programs designed to enhance their recovery and transition back into the community. Length of stay generally will be 6 to 12 months, but may vary depending on the client's stage of recovery.

Permanent Supportive Housing (Tier 3)

There will be 10 permanent supportive housing apartments owned and operated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority. Residents will be individuals with a diagnosed behavioral health condition and will be required to meet established criteria determined by the Housing Authority to live in the apartments. Individuals can stay in them forever, if needed, or they can transition out of them.

The programming and day-to-day operations for the Transitional Housing will be led by Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and the Permanent Supportive Housing will be led by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority. Admissions will be based on referrals and screenings from community health agencies. 

If you need immediate housing assistance, please contact Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center CEO Patrick Schmitz at pschmitz@bertnash.org or 785-830-1878 or Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Exective Director Shannon Oury at soury@ldcha.org.

Renderings from Treanor Architects of the permanent supportive housing.Renderings from Treanor Architects of the transitional housing.