CMHC - Nevada - Harrisonville
If you need to contact us:  To contact us:  Nevada-call 417-667-8352 or Harrisonville-816-380-4010.
Key Staff

Dr. Jerry Morris:

Dr. Jerry Morris (PsyD, MBA, MSPharm, ABMP, ABPP, ABBHP, NCSP, CCM) is the Clinical Director and President of CMHC, Inc., and a clinical psychologist, board certified family psychologist, board certified school psychologist; board certified counselor, and an AAMFT Approved Super visor and Clinical Member of the American Association of Family Therapy. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Marital & Family Therapy Association.  Dr. Morris holds the APA National College Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Substance Abuse and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, has been a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, is an elected member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, is a Board Certified Case Manager and is Past President and Fellow of the Missouri Psychological Association. He has completed a postdoctoral residencies in Family Psychology, Neuropsychology, Medical Psychology and psychopharmacology, Clinical Psychology, Addictions, and postdoctoral graduate programs and training in neuropsychology, and clinical psychopharmacology. Dr. Morris holds ABPP board certification in Family Psychology and is the past Newsletter Editor of the ABPP Academy of Family Psychology.  He has a master’s degree in psychopharmacology, and has an MBA in Management with experience as faculty at the graduate and undergraduate level in psychology, economics, and organic chemistry and anatomy and physiology.  Dr.  Morris is the past President of the American Board of Medical Psychology (AMP) & Current Executive Director of AMP, on the board of directors of the national psychology practitioner association (NAPPP, ), has served on the Council of Representatives (the legal board) of the American Psychological Association and on the APA Finance and Rural Committees, was the 11 year Chair of the APA Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) Hospital and Healthcare Facilities Committee, and he has published books and scientific and professional articles.  He has a post doctoral graduate degree in psychopharmacology, a NAPPP Certification in Psychopathology, and a Certificate in Psychopharmacology from NEI.  He has an MBA in Management.  He is past Editor of The Clinical Practitioner; the eJournal of NAPPP, a Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, and current Editorial Staff of The Archives of Medical Psychology. Dr. Morris is an experienced management consultant and has historically been a CMS project manager and monitor of healthcare facilities, and he had done extensive staff Quality Improvement, accreditation, and staff development work in the Long-term care, hospital, and community mental health area.  Dr. Morris does a national blog on health and mental health for the American Academy of Lifestyle Medicine.  He is a sought after national speaker and author.  He has led successful healthcare facility certification efforts for state certification, JCAHO, CARF, and Medicaid and Medicare certification efforts.  He is an experienced clinical leader in Healthcare Homes and health economics programs.  He has designed, managed, and published nationally on Integrated Care approaches to facility and program design. Dr. Morris is a HRSA scholar and past officer and funded mentor in the National Health Services Corps.  Lifestylefacts Blogs: ;

Dr. Morris receives the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the national psychology practitioner association:

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Terri Morris, AA, CEO:

Terri K. Morris, CEO is the managing partner and has 32 years of administrative experience in mental health management. Terri Morris holds an A.A. degree in general business and is in charge of the business office, accounting, daily operations, and general financial management of CMHC, Inc. (mailto: She is an admitted partner and has been on the Board of Directors of CMHC, Inc. since 1987. Terri has been a developer and owner of mental health facilities including urban and rural clinics, training programs, and psychiatric hospital programs and hospitals.  She has served on various health facility Accreditation Teams, Quality Assurance Teams, and has expertise in healthcare rules and regulation, coding management teams, and personnel management teams.


Dr. John Toronto:

John Toronto,  MD, is our Medical Director and supervises our medical screening and medications program, and assists with treatment planning, medical referral to our Bates County Memorial Hospital and Primary Care Affiliates, and our nursing staff and coordination with local medical practitioners.  His specialty is in Internal Medicine, and he has years of experience working with behavioral healthcare teams treating patients with mental illness and substance used disorders and dual diagnoses patients.  Dr. Toronto is on staff at the Nevada Regional Medical Center.

Curtis Long, MD :

Dr. Long is a family medicine doctor at our Harrisonville CCPS Clinic. He received his medical degree from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  He is the owner of BriarWood Ranch one of the leading producers of prize bulls and Angus Cattle in the US.


Dr. Roger Wise:

is a clinical psychologist, ordained Christian Church Disciples of Christ  Minister, AAMFT approved Supervisor, a licensed social worker, and past member of the legislative committee of the Missouri Psychological Association during the time when the current licensure law was fashioned and passed; Dr. Wise completed a hospital internship, and a postdoctoral training residency in family psychology. He has been active in fundraising and political advocacy in the MoPLAN (state psychological PAC) for over 10 years, and is the Current President of the Southwest Missouri Psychological Association. He has served for a number of years on the board of the Southwest Missouri Psychological Association, and is on numerous hospital staffs and managed care panels. His areas of publication and research are addictions and family psychology. He has post graduate work in business administration and leadership. He is a past member of the MoPA Insurance and Managed Care Committee, and the APA Division 42 Hospital and Health Care Facilities Committee.  Dr. Wise has served as a faculty member in a doctoral professional school program, and as training faculty with over 20 years supervision and teaching experience at CMHC, Inc.   He is an active senior clinician at our Harrisionville Clinic.


Assistant CMHC, Inc. Administrator, Nathan Gulliford, MBA, EdS:  

Mr. Gulliford has served as a teacher, coach, and an educational administrator.  He has an MBA in Management and an EdS in Education Administration.  His history of special training in education helps with our curriculum and program quality aspects of our program, and his two management degrees are essential for personnel, budget, organizational planning, marketing, and certification and contracts management.  We are excited about the training, experience, and skills that Mr. Gulliford brings to our program at both sites.



Kate Hogsett, MS, LPC, Director of Substance Abuse Programs:  Kate,  LPC, is  the clinical director of CMHC.  She is also a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol Drug Counselor (CRADC), a SATOP Qualified Professional (SQP), and a MCB Qualified Supervisor. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 2007 and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City in 2016. Previously, she worked with domestic violence survivors, focusing on abuse and trauma. Kate has experience with families, children, adolescents, substance abuse, neuropsychological psychometrician diagnostic techniques, and team leadership.

Meg Nelson, MS, PLPC:

While obtaining my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology at Avila University, I was provided with the opportunity to work with children, teens, parents and families in Jackson County who have experienced a variety of things in their life; trauma, substance abuse, displacement due to discrimination, abandonment, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, as well as mental health diagnoses, just to name a few. Although I have recently been awarded the opportunity to serve alongside the absolutely talented and skilled treatment providers here at CCPS now that I have obtained my PLPC, I can positively say that I have found my new home!


Jessica Burch, RN:  Nurse at the CCPS Harrisonville site.

Cathy Blacklock, MS, CRADAC, ABD doctorate in psychology, and the Assistant Director of Substance Abuse Services.  

Cathy has a MS Degree in Management, is finishing a doctorate degree in Psychology. Cathy is certified as a Missouri Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the CSTAR program.  She is an experienced manager and leader who is a retired Air Force Officer.  Cathy is currently enrolled and taking courses in a doctorate PsyD program.  She is part of our clinical staff at our corporate clinic in Nevada.  Cathy has raised two children and she and her husband are active in historical groups and activities.

Amanda Tomkins, LMSW:

Licensed masters work supervisor (Seth Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor).  Amanda is a key staff member at our Nevada Facility.

Randy Gulliford, PS:

Randy Gulliford was born and raised in Vernon County and has a passion for helping people.  He has been with CMHC for five years and serves as part of our clinical staff as a Certified Peer Specialist and Community Support Worker (CSW).

Erin Schell, MMFT MAADCII:

Erin grew up in Urich, MO and graduated from Sherwood High School in 2011.  Attended University of Central Missouri from August 2014 to May of 2017, graduated with my Bachelors of Science majoring in Child and Family Development with a minor in Criminal Justice.  Returned to University of Central Missouri August of 2017 and began my Masters Program in Human Development and Family Science.  During my time with University of Central Missouri I served as the Vice President of the Central Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  I also worked as a student therapist, supervised by her professors  during sessions using one way mirrors and group practicum with my cohort.  I completed my pre-licensure internship with Heartland Behavioral Health, completing Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Group Therapy with adolescents and their families.  I worked alongside Psychiatrists, Case Managers, Insurance Personnel, and direct care staff to provide the best care possible for adolescents who were in crisis and receiving inpatient acute care.  I graduated with my Masters of Science in Human Development and Family Science specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I am also a certified Missouri Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselor, level 2.  In my free time I like to spend time with my husband, family, friends, and my German Shepherd Duke, my hobbies include painting, reading, and being outdoors.

Amie Cooper, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Cooper  has completed a rural residency, and a residency in medical psychology with us.

Bethany Fast, MSN, ANP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: 

Mrs. Fast provides psychiatric diagnoses, psychotherapy, primary care, and is clinical staff at our Nevada and Harrisonville Clinics.  She has completed training rotations at primary care clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and consultation at children’s and residential care centers.

Jacob Zerger, BS, Missouri Associate Alcohol & Drug Counselor:

Jacob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies from Calvary University in Kansas City, Missouri. He served for five years in ministry with an international Christian organization, gaining experience both in the United States and Middle East. Along with working as a Substance Abuse Counselor for CCPS, Jacob is currently pursuing graduate studies to further his education in Pastoral Counseling. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Michele Koutz, MAADC,CPS:

Michelle is a proud mom of her 4 kids and soon to be first grandchild. She is a recovering addict with 7 years of sobriety, which is the reason she pursued this career. She love animals and the outdoors.

Karanita Boling, BSW, MSW, LCSW:

In her professional career, she has worked primarily as a Co-Occurring Outpatient Clinician in 3 major Community Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder agencies, two in Kentucky, who also provided services for clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. And most recently, after moving back to her home state, one here in Missouri that allowed her expand her skills by giving her the opportunity to work with their geriatric population. She has also worked for a Non-Profit Agency that provided in-home individual therapy services for children, and adults. And as a Psychiatric Clinical Social Worker in Nursing Homes in the St. Joseph Missouri area. She also worked briefly as a Care Manager/Advocate for a major Health Insurance Company. Karanita has been trained and uses a variety of therapeutic evidenced based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Karanita enjoys working with a diverse population of people, and uses a Strength Base Model as her focus.

Alexa Carter, MAADCII:

Alexa is certified as a Missouri Associate Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (MAADCII) in the CSTAR program. Alexa graduated from the University of Central Missouri with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2003. She then worked at a behavioral health inpatient facility located in central Missouri where she gained experience servicing the acute mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults.  Alexa graduated with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in 2006. After graduation, Alexa worked as a stay-at-home mother to her three children. In 2019, Alexa joined the CMHC team in Harrisonville. Alexa strives daily as a CSTAR counselor to assist patients in developing the relapse prevention knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in recovery. In her spare time Alexa enjoys gardening, swimming, spending time at the lake, and cheering her children on in their sporting events and extracurricular activities.

Training Residencies (Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling, Peer Specialists):  Training Faculty:  Jerry Morris, PsyD,MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM,  Roger Wise, PsyD, Amie Cooper, PsyD.  Jobs for licensed or provisionally licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, marital and family therapists include a base salary, productivity incentives, insurance, financial support, individual and group supervision, text books and research data, base support, and board certified and state credentialed supervisors acceptable to licensure boards.

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Healthcare Policies and Procedures .  A training residency is a post academic supervised training experience with an identified senior faculty, individual supervisors, clinical rotations that must be mastered as assigned to move on thought the residency and to achieve a “do pass” evaluation and prepare for the discipline and field of healthcare independent practice and full licensure/certification.  CMHC, Inc. has residency rotations in child and adolescent, substance abuse outpatient and day treatment, serious mental illness, corrections and traffic offender programs, intake and diagnoses, families and systems, neuropsychology, Medical Psychology and psychopharmacology, case management and assertive community treatment, hospital consultation, forensics, and general psychotherapy areas of practice.  All residents will also have extensive supervision and experience related to accreditation of programs, documentation and electronic healthcare records use, billing and reimbursement procedures, quality assurance, licensure and rules and regulations and legal aspects of practice, professional ethics and professionalism, team treatment, and theories of counseling and psychotherapy and the scientific literature and bases of practice.

CMHC, Inc. is not a place where people just looking for “sign off on time in practice” is masquerading for “A Clinical and Professional Residency”!  Residents are “students under supervision who have a willingness, and commitment to learning, professional advancement, acceptance of training and supervision, and who want to become competent, ethical, professional, and effective healthcare professionals!  Some residents, who do well in these endeavors, will be invited to stay at CMHC, Inc. as staff or future faculty!  Not all students pass their residency, but we have a high rate of successful residents, and most go on to brilliant and meaningful healthcare careers and stay in touch with their mentors and programs.

Training Faculty:  Jerry Morris, PsyD, MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM,  Roger Wise, PsyD, Amie Bradley, MSW, LCSW,

We are proud to be a nationally accredited mental health center.