About The Guidance Center

The Guidance Center (TGC) is a community based, non-profit agency that serves as the local Community Mental Health Center for Atchison, Jefferson and Leavenworth Counties in Kansas. We provide a full range of quality outpatient and inpatient referral/release services for individuals, families and businesses in our communities

Established in 1937 in Atchison, Kansas as the Atchison Child Guidance Clinic, the organization joined forces with Leavenworth County in 1964 and with Jefferson County in 1974. Headquartered in Leavenworth County, office locations are in the cities of Leavenworth, Atchison and Oskaloosa.

We offer a broad array of home and community based behavioral health services, always prioritizing those who are most in need without regard for their ability to pay for care. The Guidance Center is the only provider of psychiatry services in the three-county area offering a sliding fee scale for individuals who have no other way to pay for their care.

We are proud of our commitment to promoting recovery for children and adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse issues, and the many partnerships that we have developed in serving children, adolescents, adults and their families. Through advocacy and education, the agency also has made incredible strides in erasing the stigma, shame, and ignorance that prevent more than half of all individuals touched by such problems from seeking treatment.





Executive Team

Staff Position
Keith Rickard, MS, LCP, MBA Executive Director
Jerry McDonald, MA Finance Director
William Warnes, MD Medical Director
Jason Malousek, Psy.D., LP Clinical Director
Kristin Robinson, BA, PHR Human Resources Director
Samantha Adams, LMSW Community Based Services Director
Steve Stiel, LSCSW Community Support Services Director
Vicky Kaaz, BS Community Relations Director


Our Mission

The Guidance Center promotes healthy communities by providing integrated behavioral healthcare services and partnering in the delivery of general healthcare to those we serve


Our Vision

We envision a healthy community of people who can access and benefit from state of the art integrated healthcare which results in an enhanced quality of life for all.