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Comprehensive Mental Health Services is an organization of professionals dedicated to helping people transform their lives.

Gwen Grant, President and Executive Director of the Urban League of Kansas City was interviewed by a local television channel and had this to say about the organization she is affiliated with:

“Being a non-profit, having financial challenges, is not an excuse to do substandard work. So I’m proud be associated with an organization that is so professional in the services we provide.”

These words ring true for the dedicated professionals at Comprehensive Mental Health Services.

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Our Leadership

Joy Copeland, President/ Chief Executive Officer

Joy Copeland, President and CEO assumed her current responsibilities in May of 2012 after serving as Interim CEO beginning in August 2011. Ms. Copeland has a B.A. in Psychology, a MEd. in Counseling and is licensed by the state of Missouri as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been with CMHS for 22 years, where she served as Vice President of Operations since 1995.

Julie Pratt, Vice President of Operations

Julie Pratt is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of experience in Community Mental Health. Ms. Pratt has a B.A in Psychology and a MEd in Counseling and Psychological Services. She joined the CMHS staff in 2006 and has extensive experience in outpatient service, youth and adult community support and crisis services. She was named Interim Clinical Director in August 2011 and became Vice President of Operations in June 2012.

Karen Kleoppel, Chief Financial Officer

Karen Kleoppel has been affiliated with CMHS full time since 1996. She worked with CMHS for 4 years from 1987 to 1991 in accounts receivable. She began as Accounts Receivable Manager in 1996 and became CFO in 2005. She has also worked as a financial counselor for two years at MCI hospital, and as Office Manager for Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, MO.

Dr. Syed Jaffri, Medical Director

Dr. Syed Jaffri graduated from UMKC in 1996, fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry and additional training in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Jaffri has been in practice since 1999, working in local hospitals and community health centers. Dr. Jaffri has been with Comprehensive Mental Health Services since March 2006 and has served as its Medical Director since 2009. Dr. Jaffri also serves as Medical Director for St. Luke’s Northland Hospital, Smithville Campus.

Board of Directors

David Cook – Co-Chair

Kimberly Glackin

Jay Dorst – Co-Chair

Tom Cranshaw

Steve Shipman

Nora Magee

Anita Watson

Grace Boswell

How You Can Help

You can give directly through the Greater Kansas City Foundation or contribute to our organization by contacting the Development Department at 816-254-3652 ex. 1010.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. is accredited by:

CARF International
Department of Mental Health