Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to serving the behavioral health and well-being of all. We do this through evidence-based, best-practice care and by supporting and valuing each team member who serves this great mission. Since the advent of Community Mental Health Centers in the 1960s, we have been charged to offer hope and healing to all people.
This moment calls for us to publicly emphasize our mission of serving the behavioral health needs of all, and remind our communities that our very DNA includes a commitment to serving the underseen, underheard and underserved. As a community mental health provider, we are always monitoring legislation and legal orders that have the potential to impact the clients we are proud to serve, as well as our own providers and staff. We will continue to comply with the laws of our state and honor our commitment to being a Community Mental Health Center – as a safe, trusted provider and employer for all in our communities.
Dr. Shelly Farnan, Keke Rover, and Will Crites work as a team to ensure equitable and best practices for the organization, employees, and the communities we serve.
They rely on the guidance and implementation of leading evidence-based DEI strategic priorities. As a team, they are truly diverse and inclusive. They hold degrees ranging from specializations in human services, sociology, psychology, clinical psychology, education, diversity and equity, and ELL (English as a Second Language) certification. They are Black, white, gay, straight, Christian, multi-lingual, parents, and most of all, advocates for social change.
The DEI Team is focused on inclusion and changing the world for the better, striving for both through the application of neuroscience, investment in relationships, commitment to trauma-informed cultures, and delivery of education and resources.
Since first investing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2018, Burrell Behavioral Health has expanded its DEI department and dedication throughout its system. To focus on making all team members feel seen and respected, while also providing learning opportunities, Burrell offers the following for staff:
Burrell strives to be a safe space for all individuals to seek and receive care. To ensure all clients feel secure while receiving support, the DEI team has offered:
Burrell aims to be a thought leader, not only in the field of mental healthcare, but also on DEI topics. That's because overall wellness requires inclusion. See the links below for recent news stories featuring Burrell's DEI leaders.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis, please call our toll-free 24-hour telephone line. Our team can help provide immediate assistance.
Southwest Missouri: 1-800-494-7355
Central Missouri: 1-800-395-2132
National Help Line: Call or Text 988