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Treatment and Recovery Center of Douglas County announces new director

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Bri Harmon-Moore’s one-year anniversary with the Treatment and Recovery Center of Douglas County has come with new duties. The center on Friday announced her as its incoming director.

Harmon-Moore said in a news release from Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, which operates the TRC, that she’s honored to step into the role.

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“The TRC is a facility that works to say yes to clients, to provide comprehensive mental health and substance use care to clients, and to most importantly, wrap services and follow-up around these individuals in innovative ways,” Harmon-Moore said in the release. “To be chosen to lead this amazing project is truly an honor.”

After serving for a year as program manager, Harmon-Moore will step into the director role on Sunday, Sept. 24.

“We are thrilled and excited for Bri to assume this new role,” Bert Nash CEO Patrick Schmitz said in a news release. “She has been part of the facility since before it opened its doors and is the perfect person to take on this important position and to lead the TRC going forward.”

The TRC began a phased opening on April 10, and all units opened on May 25. Working to provide immediate care for people in crises and help them on a path toward recovery with community resources, the center is open all day, every day. Children and adults in crisis can seek its services with no appointments required.

Jeff Burkhead/Contributed Photo Douglas County Treatment & Recovery Center staff members are pictured before the center opened its doors in April. Bri Harmon-Moore is at center.

Community partners collaborated to imagine and then construct the TRC. The Douglas County Commission on April 5 approved the agreement for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to operate the 24/7 facility.

Dr. George Thompson, the previous executive director and medical director of the TRC, stepped down in November before the center opened, and the center announced interim leaders at that time.

Harmon-Moore said in the release that throughout her years of experience, she’s witnessed the way people facing mental health issues as well as substance abuse issues “fall through the cracks in our systems.” As the TRC’s new director, she’s excited to continue working with staff who share her same passion to meet the needs of their fellow community members.

“This work can be extremely challenging, but the staff at the TRC are fierce advocates for clients and we all want to help clients navigate through their crisis and to facilitate next steps for them,”  Harmon-Moore said in the news release. “The TRC team is like a family, and it has been such a fantastic opportunity to be able to get to know staff individually and work with all the strengths of the staff to build an amazing team. I am fortunate to get the opportunity to work at a place where I look forward to going to work every day, because of this team.”

The TRC is located at 1000 W. Second St. in Lawrence. For more information about the center, visit its website, trcdgks.org.

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Note: The main photo on this post was updated at 12:25 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

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