All About CMHC

CMHC, Inc. is a practitioner owned comprehensive community mental health center.  The organization has moved toward a model of Integrated Care as encouraged in the Accountable Care Act and federal rules and legislation.  Our systems work seamlessly with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and active and regular communication between behavioral health, substance use, and primary care staff in multidisciplinary team treatment models.

The system provides comprehensive assessments of physical and mental health needs across multiple sites in Cass and Vernon counties.  We provide hospital, day treatment, physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation, medication management, outpatient psychotherapy, comprehensive substance use services, outpatient physical healthcare, emergency services, transportation services, and screening and transfer to other facilities.

To contact us:  Nevada-call 417-667-8352, Harrisonville-816-380-4010.

CMHC, Inc. is a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services of treatment facilities founded in 1978 by Drs. Jerry Morris and Roger Wise, graduate school friends who have dedicated their careers to the amelioration of mental disorders and the behavioral aspects of physical illness.

CMHC, Inc., a comprehensive community mental health center is a good place for training residencies, to work as a Behavioral Health Specialist (counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, substance abuse counselor, peer specialist, marital and family therapist).

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CARF Accreditation

CMHC, Inc. is not a private practice but a Healthcare Corporation that is nationally accredited by CARF.  As such, it is like a Hospital, a Medical Practice that is corporate owned and operated, or other corporations.  Our facilities are recognized by SAMSHA, and other bodies listing healthcare and specialty facilities.  Unlike a private practice there are specific bylaws and policies and procedures, a board of directors and department and program directors with specific duties, utilization review and quality assurance supervision and audits, annual audits, clinical privileging and HR department, and other corporate requirements.  A trainee must be selected, privileged as a resident/intern/trainee and have assigned and qualified clinical supervision and program and educational rotations.  A private practice is a much more variable and non-accredited structure with often loosely affiliated and regulated practitioners that are often independent, not accountable to a formal board, and not supervised by healthcare accrediting bodies.  A group practice is different than a private practice and is often somewhere between a private practice and a healthcare facility.

CarfLogoCMHC, Inc. is proud to be accredited by a national accrediting body as a comprehensive community mental health facility serving children and adolescents, families, having day treatment for the severely mentally ill and seriously addicted, and adult outpatient mental health and substance use services. Our last national accreditation site visit was in early 2022 and we got the highest rating and certification possible-3 years!  Our next site visit will be in 2025.

We are also certified by the Mo Department of Mental Health for our CSTAR and SATOP Programs and have been certified in the DMH programs and system since the early 1980s.

Unlike private practices and Not-For-Profit organizations we pay taxes and contribute to the country’s infrastructure, defense, national debt as a corporation.

We are certified for student loan forgiveness by HRSA (federal Health Resource Services Administration).

We employ the only Board Certified and Specialty Trained Clinical psychologists in the 5 county area!  When you want the best, CMHC, Inc. is your best bet for accurate diagnostics and scientifically valid and Quality Assurance reviewed treatment.

CMHC, Inc. is a HRSA Approved Site:

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is currently accepting applications from licensed professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, substance awareness counselors, and physicians. If accepted, behavioral health providers can receive up to $60,000-$120,000 in student loan repayment.

The NHSC LRP seeks to recruit and retain medical, nursing, dental and behavioral/mental health professionals in designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). Providers that meet the NHSC’s qualifications can have their student loans repaid while earning a competitive salary providing health care in an urban, rural or frontier community with limited access to care. Participants serve at one of more than 17,000 NHSC-approved sites located in federally designated HPSAs.   As a part of this program, CMHC, Inc. sees as many patients and families as possible on a free or sliding scale basis, helps uncovered patients apply for programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and helps them access state DMH/DADA and co-pay supplement funding.

Counselors may be eligible for NHSC loan repayment if they:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Work at an NHSC-approved site.
  • Are licensed as a professional counselor.
  • Psychologists: eligibility
  • Nurse and Nurse Practitioner:  eligibility
  • Marital and Family Therapist:  eligibility
  • Substance Treatment Abuse 3 year placements
  • Are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Work at an NHSC-approved site.
  • Are licensed, and accepted by the HRSA Site

Prospective staff are encouraged to apply to CMHC, Inc. and  are encouraged to apply early, as there is stiff competition for these funds. For more information or to apply, go to The Application and Program Guidance document includes details on eligibility criteria and funding preferences. Questions can be directed to the NHSC call center by e-mail at or by telephone at 800-221-9393.

Training Residencies:

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 through 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 & Residency Training and Supervision:  Jerry Morris, PsyD,MsPharm, MBA, ABMP, ABPP, NCSP, CCM,  Roger Wise, PsyD, Kate Hogsett, MS, CRADACII, PLPC.  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.  CMHC, Inc. does a Post-doctoral Medical Psychology residency program (see: Training Programs).

Many or our faculty and clinical staff are approved provisional licensure and specialty supervisors.  Dr. Morris is an approved professional counselor for the MO state licensure board, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor for provisionally licensed Marital and Family Therapists accepted by the MO state  licensing board, a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor and holds a national certification in addiction treatment from APA, a qualified post doctoral supervisor in psychology and several specialties where he holds national boards. He is a Certified DBT Therapist, Certified ACT Therapist, and Certified Trauma Therapist.  Kate Hogsett, MS, LPC, MADACII is a state of MO licensing board provisionally licensed professional counselor supervisor, and she is a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor.  Dr. Cathy Blacklock holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, is a MADACII,  and is a Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board approved substance abuse counselor supervisor.  Chuck Owings, MSW, LCSW is a senior clinician in social work and faculty/clinical staff and is a state licensure committee approved and qualified supervisor for provisionally licensed social workers.  Our training program offers well paid residencies, a full clinical library with research capacity online, online in-house staff only CE programs, free supervision for full-time residents, and negotiated supervision fees at a discounted rate for half-time residents.  Dr. Roger Wise, Clinical Psychologist and senior and emeritus staff member with continued special assignment patient care and clinical staff training and supervision assignment.   We are now accepting applications for residencies in the disciplines of social work, professional counseling, marital and family therapy, psychology, and substance abuse counseling.  Apply for a paid residency with approved supervision and clinical privileging as a resident in your discipline by sending a resume, letter stating your special training needs and interests, and any other materials that you think will enhance your application to