Morgan County

 

Morgan County is located on the High Plains of Northeastern Colorado, 85 miles from Metro Denver on Interstate Highway 76 and within an hour's drive from the Denver International Airport. The economy of the county, with a population of 27,377 (2000) is based largely on ranching, farming and other agricultural industry. The county as a whole is now 45% to 50% Latino. The largest employers in the county include the Cargill Beef Plant, with 2112 employees, Leprino Foods, with 200 employees, Western Sugar, with 200 employees, and the Colorado Plains Medical Center with 180 employees.

The two largest communities in Morgan county are Fort Morgan and Brush. Smaller towns in the county include, Wiggins, Weldona, and Snyder. Fort Morgan is located approximately 85 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado. It is the county seat for Morgan county, has an elevation of 4330 feet, and a population of 10,632 (2007). The town is one of quiet tree-lined streets, beautiful homes and large lush yards. The Morgan County offices of Centennial Mental Health Center are located in Fort Morgan.

Centennial offers a wide range of services in Morgan County, with three different sites and 25 full and part-time clinical staff. Services are available for people of all ages. We offer assistance in our office, client's homes, schools and in the community as each individual client and family may need.


Office Locations: 
910 E. Railroad  Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone:  (970) 867-4924  Fax:  (970) 867-2695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8 am - 7 pm

625 W. Platte Ave Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone:  (970) 867-3275
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8am - 7 pm

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Regional Operations Director

Kortnie Mendonza, MBA - Click here to see more about Kortnie

Regional Operations Manager
Emily Falk 



Meet the Morgan County Staff


 bio_Bonnie_Fisher.jpg Bonnie Fisher
Office Assistant
 bio_Coleen_Thompson.jpg Coleen Thompson
Office Assistant
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Kathy Dalrymple
MIS Technician, Data Entry - specializing in Substance Abuse
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Office Assistant - specializing in Mental Health/Continuity of Care
 bio_Jeff_Wheeler.jpg Jeff Wheeler
Maintenance
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Scott Armstrong
Office Assistant


Meet the Outpatient Staff

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Bobby Klaer, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional II

Areas of Expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults

Treatment Expertise includes:  Individual, Family and Group Therapy, Psycho-Education and Case Management

Issues of Expertise include:  Behavioral Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Substance Abuse, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis and Crisis Intervention

Bobby graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.  He holds a Masters of Arts degree from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy/Licensed Professional Counselor.  Bobby specializes in working with at-risk youth and their families, as well as substance abuse recovery across the lifespan.

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Brenda Carlsen, BA
Mental Health Professional
In the Mental Health field since 1989

Areas of expertise include: Adults with severe and persistent mental illness in recovery based programs  

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management, Skills Training Groups, Benefits Acquisition, and Crisis Management

Brenda began working for CMHC in 1989 as a Case Manager with the Adult Program. 

  • BA, Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1987
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Brett Melton, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field since 1996


Areas of expertise include these populations: Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults

Treatment expertise includes: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessments, Individual, Group and Family Therapy, Psycho-Educational Therapy, Play Therapy, and Case Management.

Issues of expertise include: Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Sexual Offenders, Conduct Disorders, Trauma, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis - Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention and Emergency Services.

  • MA Community Counseling, 1996
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
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Carrie Fox, MA, NCC
Mental Health Professional II 

Carrie joined Centennial Mental Health Center (CMHC) as a therapist in March of 2014.  Her clinical expertise includes a focus on adults in individual and group therapy.  In individual counseling, she integrates client-centered, solution-focused and cognitive therapies.  Cognitive therapies she utilizes with clients include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  At CMHC, Carrie facilitates several groups: a CBT skills group for adults, a DBT skills group for adults and an expressive art therapy group for teens.

Prior to her work at CMHC, Carrie worked with clients in private practice in Denver, as well as volunteered at two low-fee mental health counseling centers.  In 2013 through 2014, Carrie volunteered as a therapist at Clinica Tepeyac in Denver and at Center for Personal and Relationship Counseling in Wheat Ridge.

Carrie earned her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Regis University in Denver in 2012.  She completed a practicum in group therapy at The Potomac Street Center in Aurora, and a practicum in individual therapy at the community counseling service lab at Regis University in Broomfield.  She completed her clinical internship at AspenPointe community counseling agency in Colorado Springs.  Carrie is a National Certified Counselor through the NBCC and is registered in the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate.

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Essie McCall, MS
Mental Health Professional II
In the Mental Health Field since 2011

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults 

Treatment expertise include:  Case Management, Individual, Group and Family Therapy

Essie began working in the Mental Health field in 2011 as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern through Colorado State University.  During that time she was the Lead Clinical Supervisor for the youth mentoring program, Campus Corps, that assists at-risk youth, age 10-18, with their academic, social, behavioral and mental health goals at the CSU campus and at the local juvenile probation offices.  Along with her work with adolescents, Essie worked with couples and individuals with relational issues, domestic violence, depression and anxiety at the Center for Family and Couple Therapy.  Essie continued to work with adolescents and their families, interning in Cheyenne, WY, helping families cope with grief and loss, substance abuse issues, trauma, behavioral disorders and conduct disorders.

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Gina Dardanes, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
STEPS Program

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults

Treatment expertise include:  Intensive In-home Family Therapy, Emotional and Behavioral Regulation, Impulse Control Disorders, Depression, Trauma, Oppositional and Delinquent Behaviors, Attachment Disorders, Foster and Adoptive Family Preservation

Gina has worked in the mental health field since 1995.  She has worked in residential, outpatient and day treatment settings.  She has extensive experience with emotionally and behaviorally challenged adolescents and their families working in the STEPS day treatment program for the last 17 years.

Gina holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is  a wife and mother of 3.

  • BA, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Chadron State College, 1993
  • MA, Mental Health Counseling, Chadron State College, 1995
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Jamie Farmer, MA, LPC
Mental Health Professional III
In the Mental Health field since 1996

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management, Individual, Group and Family Therapy.

Issue of expertise include:  Mental Health Assessments, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Trauma, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Sexual Abuse Victims and Personality Disorders.

Jamie began working for Centennial in June 2013.  She started her work in the mental health field in 1996, as a youth counselor at Hogares, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM.  During this time she worked with youth, aged 12-18 in residential treatment who struggled with substance abuse and behavioaral and emotional problems.  Jamie continued to work with at risk youth in residential treatment until she started Graduate School for her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000.

Jamie completed her counseling intership at New Vistas Crisis Center in San Diego, CO.  Throughout her internship she conducted mental health assessments, individual, family, and group therapy.  She also worked with clients to develop support networks and resources as they transitioned from the program back into their community.

Jamie has previously worked for the Department of Human Services in San Diego County, CA; and El Paso County, LaPlata County and Larimer County in Colorado.  She worked with families in crisis to assess safety, develop safety and support plans, improved crisis managment skills and coordinate client services with collateral agencies. 

When not working for the Department of Human Services, Jamie has worked as a clinical therapist at Therapeutic Residential Child Care Facilities in Colorado.  Se has provided individual, group and family therapy to adolescents and their families struggling with substance abuse, behavioral and emotional problems and trauma.

  • BS, Psychology, University of New mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1998
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, National University, La Jolla, CA, 2002
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Jennifer Wilcox
The Journey Program Case Manager

Jennifer Wilcox graduated from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in December of 2014 with a Bacehlors of Arts degree in Psychology.  She joined Centennial Mental Health as a Mentor in April of 2014 and has recently transitioned to Youth Case Management.  During her time at UNC, Jennifer gained experience in the mental health field by working with the Assault Survivors Advocacy Program in providing crisis response and advocacy to those in the campus.  Additionally, Jennifer worked as an intern at a middle school, where she helped at risk students develop organizational skills and social skills.  Jennifer is passionate about working with youth and assisting them in accessing and utilizing resources in the Fort Morgan community to help them recover and gain independence.

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JJ Pursley
Mentor

My name is JJ Pursley and I graduated from Brush High School in 2005.  I graduated with my BA from Western State Colorado University in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Health/Sport Fitness.  I am currently working on my Master's in Human Services in Community and Public Health (MHS) from Concordia University Nebraska.  Also, I have wrestled for 24 years and know what it takes to tackle obstacles that are put in front of me head on.  I coach for all age groups in Bursh's metro and pee-wee wrestling programs.

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Jody Strouse
Senate Bill 94 Case Manager
In the Mental Health Field since 2006

Jody began her employment with Centennial Mental Health Center in January, 2006.  She was a Case Manager in the Community Support Program.  Jody worked with adults diagnosed with chronic mental illness and truly enjoyed that position.  She worked with wonderful people making positive changes in their lifestyles.

In April, 2010 Jody was offered the opportunity to attend Parenting with Love and Limits training with its founder Dr. Scott Sells.  Jody currently serves as a co-facilitator for PLL program along with Brett Melton in the Fort Morgan office.

In July 2010, Jody began a different position through Centennial as a Case Manager for Senate Bill 94 in the 13th Judicial District.  She works with youth in Morgan County who have been charged with a crime, that might otherwise be in Platte Valley Youth Services Center.  Senate Bill 94 is the Alternative to Detention Program in Colorado.  As a Case Manager, Jody supervises youth before their case is adjudicated to ensure the safety of the teen and the public.  She enjoys working with youth and has faith that everyone she meets she can create a brighter future for themselves.

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Peer Specialist 
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John Stinebaugh, MA
Mental Health Professional II
Parenting with Love and Limits Facilitator

John joined Centennial Mental Health Center in May of 2013.  Prior to his work at Centennial, John has worked in public education and community mental health in rural Kansas, providing an array of services to children and their families.  John also completed his clinical internship in this setting, expanding his practice into couple's counseling, addiction counseling and conducting groups for families.  Additioanlly John provided "Strengthening Families" trainings to at-risk youth and their families for St. Francis Community Services.  John completed his Bachelor's degree in Human Development in 2009 and his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.  John was honorably discharged from the United States Marines in 2007.  He and his wife (a middle school teacher and coach) reside in the Fort Morgan area.  John looks forward to becoming a part of the Fort Morgan community and using his wide array of skills and expereinces to help individuals and families achieve a positive change.

John has treatment expertise in treating Children, Adolescents, Families, Group Treatment, Military Lifestyle and assisting others in access to available resources.

He has received additional training in Trauma Based Interventions, Strength Based Treatment, Solution Focused Interventions, NMT, Love and Logic, Second Steps, Strengthening Families, and Motivational Interviewing. 

 

Kellye Kehoe, MA
Mental Health Professional II
In the Mental Health Field since 2008

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Infants, children, adolescents, families and adults.

Areas of mental health experience include:  Individual and group therapy, intakes and assessments.

Treatment issues of expertise include:  Substance abuse offenders, dual diagnosis, domestic violence offenders, sexual and physcial abuse, grief and loss, depression, conduct disorder, different types of trauma, alternative's to agression, victim empathy and ethics.

Kellye started working at Centennial Mental Health Center - Ft. Morgan office in October 2014.  She became interested in the menal health field after taking an intership working with female human trafficking victims at the Polaris Project.  After her intership ended, she worked at Imagine! for six months, with adolescent females diagnosised with conduct disorder, dual diagnosis, schizophrenia and tramautic childhoods.

Kellye worked at ThirdWay Center in 2009, while she completed her undergraduate studies at Metropolitan University of Denver and began her graduate studies at Argosy University in 2010.  While at ThirdWay Center, Kellye worked with teen moms and their children.  The population consisted of substance abuse offenders, victims of sexual and physical abuse, depression, dual diagnoses and conduct disorder.  During the same time, Kellye took an internship at Turning Point Mental Health Services working with domestic violence and substance abuse offenders.  This agency is where she found her passion and population she wanted to work with.  Kellye graduated in 2013 with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, followed by her moving on from working at ThirdWay Center.

Post graduate school, Kellye worked at the National Institute for Change teaching one-day classes.  The clientele she taught were teens and adults, on topics such as alternative to agression, ethics and victim empathy, alternatives to aggression, substance abuse, domestic violence and conduct disorder.

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Laura Brum, BS
Mental Health Professional I

Laura began working for Centennial in February 2014.  She started working in the  mental health field when she took on the role of Host Home Provider for Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled.  Laura assisted with individual care including behavioral and emotional support until she began her graduate studies in 2013.  Laura continues to work towards her credentials as a licensed professional counselor.

Laura previously worked in human resources as a speciality clinic coordinator for 22 doctors and as a legal assistant.  She enjoyed helping people with their needs.  She looks forward to working with the clients of Centennial while she pursues her Master's Degree.

  • BS, Applied Psychology, Regis University, Denver, CO 2013
  • Master's Degree LPC in progress, Adams State University, CO 2014 
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Lora Kopp-Mahluza, LPC, LAC
Mental Health Professional III

Lora has worked in the education and mental health fields for eleven years.  She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Lora has worked for private school and social service agencies, she also maintained a private practice.  Lora's experience and interest include working with youth with behavioral challenges, trauma, substance use and abuse issues, parenting challenging children, cultural transitions and adjustments, foster and adoptive families, depression, anxiety and chronic illness.

Lora holds a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado.  Lora is a wife and mother.

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Natasha Breidenbach
Mentor 

Natasha joined the Centennial Mental Health Center team as a Mentor in July of 2014.  She is a recent graduate of University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psycholgy.  During her time at college she worked in her university's Department of Residence Life as a Resident Assistant and a Resident Community Coordinator, supporting residents and creating an inclusive communinty for all students.  In addition, she volunteered with several organizations that worked with individuals experiencing homelessness.  Both of these opportunities strengthened her passion for empowering young people and she is delighted by the opportunity to work with the young people of Northern Colorado.

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Mental Health Professional 
PASARR/Geratric Specialist
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Nicole Miller
Mental Health Professional I

Nicole is a graduate of Colorado State Univeristy with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.  Her main areas of study and interest include Gerontolgy, at-risk populations and substance abuse.

She began her work during her higher education working as a volunteer and intern for multiple non-profit organizations in the Fort Collins community.  Nicole found her passion for helping those with mental health and substance abuse issues while working with youth and their family given the opportunity of a diversion program in exchange for legal consequences.

Nicole was born and raised in Fort Morgan, Colorado and enjoys the lifestyle that accompanies living in a rural community.  She hopes to continue her education in the near future, but for now, she believes her purpose is serving, impacting and believing in the well-being of others. 

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Rebecca "Becky" Greenwood, LPC
Mental Health Professional III

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults.

Treatment expertise includes:  Mental Health Assessments, In-Home and Family Preservation Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Trauma, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Dual Diagnosis

Becky has worked in the Human Services and Mental Health Fields for over 20 years.  Becky joined Morgan County Department of Human Services in 1991 as a Caseworker in the PAC program, she was promoted to Manager and headed the intake unit for the next 12 years.  Becky was a member of many community boards and state boards during her time with the Department.  She served on the Child Fatality State Review team for seven years.  In 2003, Becky accepted the position of Child Welfare Manager for Gunnison/Hinsdale Counties until 2008.  Upon completion of her Master's Degree she accepted the position of child and family therapist for Mohave Mental Health in Kingman, AZ.

Becky returned to Fort Morgan to be close to her family in 2010.  She accepted the position of Mental Health Professional II for Centennial in September 2010, as one of the on-site therapists for the STEPS program.

Becky has experience working with children, adolescents and families.  Becky's experience and interests include at-risk adolescents who struggle with behavioral and emotional problems and their families, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, substance abuse treatment and dual diagnosis adolescents.

Becky is currently pursuing her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology through Walden University.

Becky and her husband Charlie live in rural Fort Morgan along with one daughter, Nacole, her son Matthew and two spoiled boxers, Maggie and Hank.

  • National Certified Counselor
  • Member of ACA and APA
  • Psi Chi Member
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA Psychology and Sociology, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
  • Masters of Science, Human Services, Mental Health Counseling Specialization, Capella University
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Rosie Bowey, CAC III
Certified Interpreter
Jail Based Behavioral Health Clinican

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Adolescents, Adults and Spanish speaking population.

Treatment expertise includes:  Providing DUI treatment programs, Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs including SSIC, Substance Use Disorder treatment, Anger Management and Relapse Prevention.  Rosie also provides Specialized Women's Treatment services, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Use Disorder testing and evaluations.

Rosie provides services to incarcerated individuals in the criminal justice system.  She is currently represents Centennial in Morgan County's Drug Court.  Since, 1997, Rosie has provided group therapy for those that are required to treatment by the criminal justice system as well as Health and Human Services, DMV and self-referrals.  Rosie's goal is to fully support the lcient and help them to be successful in getting out, and staying out of the legal system.

 

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Shawna Wahlert
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Specialist

Shawna began working the Fund 7 pilot program in February 2011 and has watched it grow to become a very successful program spanning Centennial's 10 counties.

CMHC/DVR is commited to bridging the gap between employers and potential employees.  Shawna has enjoyed working with clients to help them realize their abilities.  She finds it rewarding to see clients discover that they have the ability to make it on their own and be a successful participant in the competitive workforce.  Individuals who become employed often exceed their goals in both work and their personal lives.

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Tamara K. Stainbrook, MS
Mental Health Professional II

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families

Treatment Expertise includes:  Case Management, individual and Group Therapy

Issues of expertise include:  Mental Health Assessment, Treatment Planning, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Trauma and PTSD/ASD and Homelessness

Tamara began working for Centennial in March 2013.  Prior to joining Centennial, Tamara worked as a Mental Health Clinician with homeless families in Denver for 3 years, with an emphasis on deomestic violence.  Before moving to Colorado in 2010, Tamara worked with a variety of populations in Iowa including homeless families, homeless youth and children in residential psychiatric treatment.

Tamara has been a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) since 2008.

  • BA, Psychology & Criminal Justice, Simpson College, Indianola, IA, 2001
  • MS, Community Mental Health & K-12 Guidance, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 2009 
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Tracy Jump, BA
Mental Health Professional
In the Mental Health Field since 2008

Areas of expertise include these populations:  Adults and the Chronically Mentally Ill

Treatment expertise includes:  Case Management and Psycho-educational groups

Issues of expertise include:  Depression, Anxiety, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Crisis Management/Emergency Services, Homeless Case Management Services, Health and Wellness Services, Medication Management,   Benefit Acquisition, Referrals to Housing and other Community Resources.

Tracy began working with CMHC in 2008.  She has worked as a Case Manager for the Community Support Program (CSP), helping individuals work towards recovery and live independently in the community.  Tracy will soon be starting a new position of Intensive Case Manager for the Emergency Response Team while continuing to work in CSP as well.  Tracy has attended a number of different trainings including Emergency Disaster Training Level I and II, 27-65 Emergency Training, Mental Health First Aid, QMAP Training and certification, in addition to several trainings aimed at specific mental health disorders including Mood and Anxiety Disorders.  Tracy plans to continue in the Mental Health field and  hopes to work towards obtaining a Master's degree in the future.

  • BA, Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2007
 
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