Key Staff

Dr. Jerry Morris:

Dr. Jerry Morris 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 is currently 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, is 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 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.

Terri Morris, AA, CEO:Terri K. Morris, CEO is the managing partner and has 28 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. at all its locations (mailto: She is an admitted partner and has been on the Board of Directors of CMHC, Iterri.GIF (8460 bytes)nc. since 1987. She is also a principle partner in Morris & Morris, Inc. a consulting and management company , 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. Amie Cooper:

Amie Cooper, PsyD, is the Assistant Clinical Director of CMHC, Inc., and is a licensed clinical psychologist that provides diagnostic, clinical leadership, and psychotherapy and team leadership at our primary care clinic at the High Street Clinic at Butler and at our Nevada site.  She has years of clinical experience in medical and nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient mental health facilities.  She is currently a post-graduate student in Psychopharmacology and is a resident in Medical Psychology as a specialty and is a HRSA Scholar.




Dr. John Toronto:

John Toronto, MD is our Medical Director and supervises our medicl 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 and is the Medical Director of the Nevada Regional Medical Center Sheldon Rural Health Clinic.

Dr. Roger Wise:

Clinical Director Emeritis, Cass Co Psychological Services (a component of the CMHC, Inc. clinic network)

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. Dr. Wise is a founding partner and charter member of the Board of Directors of CMHC, Inc. recently retiring from the board after 32 years of service.  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 Assistant Principle in two different school districts.  He has an MBA in Management from the Block School of Management at UMKC and an MEd degree in Education and an EdS in Education Administration.  Leadership roles include serving as a football coach, a basketball coach, and as a college football player.  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 all three sites. Mr. Gulliford’s wife is serving as a Curriculum Specialist at the Ray-Pec School system and they are members of the Creekmoore Country Club and community where they live in Raymore Missouri.  The Gulliford’s have three children and family in the Kansas City region.


Catherine (Catie) Platt MA LPC MAADCII

Catie is a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling and internships and supevised and specialty training.  Catie began working in community mental health in 2001 as a research coordinator in an academic setting in Chicago, IL.   From 2004-2009, she worked in community social services, screening adults in need of rehabilitation and nursing home care in suburban Chicago, while attending graduate school at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She began work as a mental health counseling intern in 2008.  She has extensive experience working with adults dealing with relationship distress, Substance use disorders, Post-traumatic stress, Major Depression, and Bipolar Disorder, among others including severe, persistent mental illness.   In recent years, Catie has also performed assessments and conducted counseling with adolescents.

Kate Hogsett, MS, PLPC

Kate Hogsett is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), 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.

Elizabeth Penick, MS, PLPC

Elizabeth Penick has a master’s degree in mental health counseling and has her national board certification in Counseling.  She is a provisionally licensed counselor at our Harrisonville (Cass Co Psychological Services) Clinic.  She served in US Air Force and is a  Veteran, and is experienced working with children, teenagers, and adults, associated with trauma and abuse.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an administrative services and information services certifications.  She has worked with the child protection association, and as a community support worker in area social services agencies.


CMHC, Nurses:  Cindy Brannon, RN, Lori West, LPN, Jessica Campbell, LPN, Jennifer Null, LPN

Cindy Brannon, RN, CMHC, Inc. Director of Nursing: Ms Brannon has years of hospital, primary care, and mental health nursing experience.  She is a good leader, has great medical and case management skills, and is a valued member of the clinical disciplines leadership circle.

Lori West, LPN, INCHC, TTS, Nurse Case Manager

Lori has been working as a nurse case manager since she graduated nursing school in 2009. She loves providing patient education on the health risks/concerns caused by years of substance abuse and empowering patients to be their own best health care advocate and to learn to manage their own health.  Part of learning to manage their own health and obtain optimal health is wellness. Lori is passionate about wellness and the prevention of disease.

Lori is certified as a Wellness Coach/ Wellness Coach Trainer and is currently working to implement a wellness plan to improve our culture of wellness for our patients and staff. Lori is an Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach and loves educating our patients about the amazing power of a whole-foods based nutrient dense diet to help recover from substance abuse and improve overall health. Lori’s passion and purpose is to help others identify and adopt their personal best health practices that will lead to the transformation in health to last a lifetime.

Lori is a Provisionally Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and was trained and certified by the Mayo Clinic in 2016. She loves educating patients on how to break the addiction of nicotine. She is passionate about providing patient education on the health risks/consequences of nicotine dependence, medication assistance options for tobacco cessation and behavioral modifiers necessary for quitting. She loves providing resources and support to empower our patients to quit smoking.

Jessica Campbell, LPN: Jessica has both clinical and administrative duties in our High Street Family Care Clinic on the hospital campus and in the Primary Care clinic in Butler, MO.  She delivers both nursing, administrative, and case management services. She has worked in nursing for 21 years. Most of her experience is in Med-Surg, CCU, and OB. She has experience with pediatrics to geriatrics. She has  had the opportunity to work with many great doctors who have taken the time to share their knowledge with her and she appreciates that as a part of her life-long learning. She graduated from Nevada Regional Technical Center’s Practical Nursing Program as valedictorian  in 2008. She has also worked as a clinic nurse, assisting in minor surgeries, wound care, and family practice. She is currently clinic manager at the High Street Clinic in Butler, Mo. I am also providing patient teaching for our C STAR patients.

Jennifer Null, LPN  is a member of our nursing staff in Nevada and Butler MO.  She delivers nursing and case management services.




Melissa Brundige, CRADAC:  Ms Brundiage is a certified substance abuse counselor and Director of Substance Abuse Programs at our three sites.  We are proud to say the she came through our two year substance abuse counselor training residency, trained extensively under J.B. Woolverton, CRADAC, one of the premier and historical substance abuse counselor leaders in Mo, and she distinguished her self as a counselor and advanced through the ranks.  She has experience with both intensive outpatient, day treatment, assertive community treatment, and families programs in substance abuse counseling and leadership.  She is a credentialed Supervisor of residents by the Mo Substance Abuse Counselor’s Board.

Cathy Blacklock, MS, MAADC II, Case Manager.  She has a MS Degree in Management.  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.  Kathy has raised two children and she and her husband are active in historical groups and activities.

Greg Dawson, BS, RASAC1

Substance Abuse Counselor Resident

Mike Nichols, RASAC1

Substance Abuse Counselor Resident

Regina Romo, RASAC1

Substance Abuse Counselor Resident

Mike Smith, RASAC2

Substance Abuse Counselor at the CMHC, Inc. Nevada Clinic.  He is a final stage and Candidate qualified to take his national examination in our two year substance abuse counselor residency program.  Mike is a native of Denver Colorado. He lives in Nevada Missouri and has 9 years of recovery from alcohol problems. He is working on a Social Work degree. Mike Caring and Compassionate and committed to helping people seeking recovery. He a Substance Abuse Counselor (MAADC 2) and will finish his national certification this year.

Terra Taylor, BS

Ms. Taylor is a Community Support Worker (CSW).  She has an Associates degree in Sociology and has a Bachelors degree in Sociology.  She is currently working on a Masters in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Probation.  She provides case management and patient advocacy at the Nevada and Butler Clinics.

Amy Bradley, MSW, LCSW, clinical social work supervisor.  Ms. Bradley is a board certified clinical social worker who holds the Social Work Supervisor accreditation for the State of MO, and has years of experience in community mental health and substance abuse and the VA System.  She has practiced in MO and Tx, and has been affiliated with CMHC, Inc. for over 20 years.

Great Harrisonville-Cass Co Psychological Services Staff:

Assistant CMHC, Inc. Administrator, Nathan Gulliford, MBA, EdS:  Mr. Gulliford has served as a teacher, coach, and an Assistant Principle in two different school districts.  He has an MBA in Management from the Block School of Management at UMKC and an MEd degree in education 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 all three sites.


 Vicki Debroudt, receptionist.  Vicki has been with us full-time and now part-time for years.  Our staff and patients can always count on her help, kindness, and loyalty.  She is a great asset for our organization and the community.

Elizabeth Penick, M.S., RASAC, Professional Counseling Resident (applicant PLPC).  Elizabeth is a Registered Professional Substance Abuse Counselor in the CSTAR Program.  She is a Nationally Certified Counselor with her Board Certification in Counselinng, and she is an experienced Community Support Worker in substance abuse treatment, an experienced clinical team member in the management and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases, and in the provision of family therapy.

Kate Hogsett, M.S., PLPC, Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with experience with families, children and adolescents, substance abuse patients, neuropsychological psychomatirician diagnostic techniques, and team leadership.  Kate is valuable as clinical staff in Harrisonville and at our Corporate Clinic at Nevada and at our Primary Care Clinic in Butler, MO.

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, Amie Bradley, MSW, LCSW, Melissa Brundige, CRADAC.  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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For information about our services or management contact, or employment opportunities for professionals or residents and interns contact Dr. Jerry Morris at or Dr. Ami Cooper at .

Healthcare Policies and Procedures .  A training residency is a post academic superevised training experience with an identified senior faculty, individual supervisors, clinical rotations that must be mastered as assigned to move on throught the residency and to achieve a “do pass” evaluation and preparre 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 psychotherpy 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 masquarading for “A Clinical and Professional Residency”!  Residents are “students under supervision who have a willingness, and committment to learning, professional advancement, acceptance of training and supervision, and who want to become compotent, 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 Cooper, PsyD, Amie Bradley, MSW, LCSW, Melissa Brundige, CRADAC, Melissa Bundige, CRADAC.

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