Fulton State Hospital

Fulton State Hospital, authorized in 1847 and opened in 1851, is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. The hospital is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and has been accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) since 1984.

For more information, please visit: https://dmh.mo.gov/fulton/

Center for Cognition and Recovery

CETCLEVELAND® is a community-based form of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET), an Evidence-Based Practice designed to help people with schizophrenia and related cognitive disorders improve brain and cognitive development, social cognition, and increase vocational capabilities. CETCLEVELAND® is offered through The Center for Cognition and Recovery (CCR), an innovative organization that provides professional training and consultation to community-based and inpatient mental health and human service organizations that wish to provide CETCLEVELAND® to people recovering from schizophrenia and related mental illnesses.

website: http://cetcleveland.org/

Heitmann, Laura, LCSW

Laura Heitmann, LCSW is a Community Mental Health Liaison for Arthur Center Community Health in Mexico, MO. She has a BA in Psychology from Truman State University and an MSW from the University of Missouri.  She has been a CMHL for the last 2 ½ years and has worked in the behavioral health field for 20 years.  She lives in Fulton, MO with her husband and two children.

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Adams, Lloyd

Lloyd Adams, Readjustment Counseling TechnicianLloyd has been employed with the Columbia Vet Center since May 2015.  Lloyd enlisted into the United States Army in 1986 as a Combat Engineer and Heavy Equipment Operator.  Lloyd has 20 years of service and retired in 2006.  He has overseas tours in Germany, Korea, Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq and UN Peace Keeping in Macedonia.  Lloyd has worked as a government contractor for 8 years with Vinnell Arabia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, training their National Guard Officer and Enlisted Soldiers on the Engineer Doctrine.  He just loves meeting people and helping them anyway he can.


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Johnson, Mark, MS

Mark Johnson, MS Readjustment Counseling Outreach TechnicianMark has been employed with the Columbia Vet Center since March 2014.  Mark enlisted in 1994 into the United States Marine Corps.  Mark continued his military career with the US Army and retired in 2015.  Mark has served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mark earned his BS in computer science from Columbia College and his MS in computer science from the University of Illinois.  Mark loves working with veterans and their families, and he is willing to go the extra mile to help veterans.


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Griffith, Amy, PhD

For over 4 years, Dr. Amy Griffith has been the Clinical Director of the Missouri Sex Offender Program for the Missouri Department of Corrections, where she also oversees the Sexually Violent Predator evaluations for offenders.  She has worked in multiple domains with sexually problematic behavior, across age and gender spectrums, to include community treatment and Sexually Violent Predator populations.  Dr. Griffith’s passion is sexual violence prevention, and she has spoken on, or testified in court about, topics in this area for several agencies and professionals throughout Missouri.

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McDowell, Mickie

Mickie McDowell: Mickie McDowell has proven to be an expert in the field of recovery services and consumer operated programs. She currently works as the Peer Services Program Specialist for the Missouri Department of Mental Health where she advocates tirelessly for peer support services. She has been a Certified Missouri Peer Specialist since 2009 and is currently part of the training team for that program as well as the Family Support Provider program. Mickie is serving her second term as chair of the State Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. She is a consultant, trainer and highly sought after motivational speaker. Her lived experience with mental health issues and addiction has enabled her to use her recovery story to help others find hope and empowerment along their own journey of recovery. Mickie recently graduated from Columbia College with her B.A. in Human Services and plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work.

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Earll, Sarah

Sarah Earll: Sarah Earll was the Assistant Director of the St. Louis Empowerment Center, a peer-run drop in Center for 12 years and for the past 3 years she has been the Co-Director. For the past 10 years, she has had the opportunity to be an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a Certified Missouri Peer Specialist and has been a trainer for the Peer Specialist program for the past 6 years.  Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and a Masters of Fine Arts from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

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Jordan, Toni

Toni Jordan: Toni Jordan has been a certified Missouri peer specialist since March of 2009. In 2011 she became a peer specialist trainer for the Dept. of Mental Health. She travels throughout Missouri teaching the peer specialist curriculum, and works with the Department to revise the curriculum as needed. Toni also holds the following credentials: MRSS-P (Missouri Recovery Support Specialist-Peer), RASAC II (Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor) and FSP (Family Support Provider). Toni is passionate about teaching her peers the material and tools to use to help peers in recovery move forward.

Certified Missouri Peer Specialists – “Yeah, but what do they DO?” An inside look at the CMPS trainers’ favorite peer support skills