Treatment and Recovery Center names new director
photo by: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
The Treatment and Recovery Center of Douglas County named a new director Friday.
Bri Harmon-Moore, who has been serving as the facility’s program manager, will begin her new duties as director starting Sunday. The TRC is operated by Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and has been providing services since April.
A Bert Nash spokesperson confirmed to the Journal-World that Dr. Cord Huston, who has been serving as the center’s interim medical director, will remain in that role in a permanent capacity. The Journal-World has previously reported that according to Bert Nash’s operating agreement with Douglas County, the agency needed to hire both a medical director and a director of operations to lead the facility.
“We are thrilled and excited for Bri to assume this new role,” Bert Nash CEO Patrick Schmitz said in a news release announcing the new director. “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.”
As the Journal-World has reported, the TRC — located at 1000 W. Second St. behind LMH Health — offers crisis care through a front-of-house urgent care center and an observation and stabilization unit for patients who need to stay for anywhere from 23 to 72 hours. The latter portion has been operating since late May as part of a phased opening process.
In the release, Harmon-Moore said she’s worked for years with people with significant mental health issues and co-occurring substance use. She said she’s fortunate to be working with the TRC team.
“I was honored to be selected as the director of the TRC,” Harmon-Moore said in the release. “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. To be chosen to lead this amazing project is truly an honor.”
Dr. George Thompson was originally hired to serve as the TRC’s medical director in November of 2021, and agreed to serve as executive director as well in February 2022. However, he announced his resignation in November 2022 on the heels of turmoil regarding who would operate the center, as the Journal-World has reported.