Bethany Fast: MSN, APNP, board certified psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Chief Administrative Officer, CMHC, Inc. Board President:  Bethany Fast is a dual/board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Individuals who complete this dual certification are able to define their practices as they see fit; they are known for their level of expertise and exceptionalism in more than just one area of specialization. Bethany has a background in child/adolescent psychiatry as well as adult psychiatric and psychosomatic medicine. Bethany is trained and certified as a SAFE-CARE (sexual abuse forensic examiner and child abuse resource and education) and MAT (medication assisted treatment) provider.  She did one of her training rotations at CMHC, Inc. and has joined our senior clinical staff.
Kate Hogsett, MS, LPC, CRADAC II,  Professional Counselor Supervisor,  Clinical Director:  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.

Dr. Jerry Morris:(PsyD, MBA, MSPharm, ABMP, ABPP, ABBHP, NCSP, CCM) is 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. He is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist and a Certified Trauma Therapist.  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: ;  His latest book:  Psychopharmacology:  The Case for Medical Psychology; Edited by John Caccavale is available at, NAPPP Books.

Dr. Morris receives the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the national psychology practitioner association: .  He authored another book:  The Crisis in Psychopharmacology:  The Case for Medical Psychology, with NAPPP Books (see:, and go to to order a copy), featuring some of the best Medical Psychologists in the country.

Dr. John Torontow:  John Torontow,  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.  Torontow is on staff at the Nevada Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Roger Wise:  is a clinical psychologist, ordained Christian Church Disciples of Christ  Minister, past AAMFT approved Supervisor, a past 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 Harrisonville Clinic.


Dr. Cathy Blacklock (PsyD, CRADACII), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor:  Dr. Blacklock has a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, and is a post doctoral resident in Clinical Psychology at CMHC, Inc., and she is Assistant Director of the Substance Abuse Programs.  She is a a state of MO approved substance abuse counselor supervisor and is a member of our substance abuse counselor residency training faculty.  She is a retired Air Force Captain with a maters degree in management and leadership.



Chuck Owings, MSW, licensed clinical social worker, senior social work certified supervisor. Chuck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in MO & KS. He brings 30 years of experience in counseling to this position having worked in a couple of substance abuse treatment facilities, a foster care and adoption agency, and has done hospital work in a community Med/Surg/Behavioral health/Hospice units as well as Emergency Department work. He has managed group homes and adolescent psychiatric hospital residential and acute care units. He has performed social work on a forensic unit for the State of Missouri and has worked in private practice. He holds Masters degrees in both Psychology and Social Work. He is a certified Social Work Supervisor and is accepting new patients at our Harrisonville office.   He is an approved supervisor for MO LMSW residencies for social workers and is a member of the CMHC, Inc Training Residencies Faculty.


Levi Hughart, MSW,LMSW.  Mr. Hughart is a licensed clinical social work in our social work residency program and he is full-time at the CCPS Clinic in Harrisonville, MO.

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).

Matt Beaty, MEd, MAADAC, substance abuse counselor resident.  Matt has a master’s degree in education, has previously worked as an educator, and he is in our two year substance abuse counselor training residency.

Kendall Stroer, Community Support Worker, (CSW, case manager).  Mr. Stroer has been with us for many years and has much expertise in CSW assessment, identification and access to community resources, accessing Medicaid and Food Supplement Programs, Housing Assessment and coordination with other facilities.

Audrey Thompson, BS, CSW:  Audrey is a Case Manger (CSW) in our CSTAR programs.  She is full-time in our Harrisonville Clinic.

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,

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