Aaron Edwards, LCPC, Service Line Director – Intensive Programming

Aaron has been a licensed mental health counselor since 2010. He is currently serving as the Intensive Service Line Director at Center For Mental Health, where he strives to bring a compassionate, dedicated, balanced approach to his work. He earned his Masters of Arts in Counseling degree from Western Seminary in 2008 while serving as a Chaplain Assistant and Platoon Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves. He also completed a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2019 from Louisiana State University Shreveport. His work as a mental health professional has included the use of solution focused therapy techniques for crisis intervention and stabilization, suicide prevention and evaluation for involuntary psychiatric treatment. In his current role he oversees a team of professionals providing ongoing training, clinical supervision, consultation, and coordination with community stakeholders. Aaron is an active member of the behavioral health community attending meetings related to coordination of care across providers and disciplines. He aims to ensure conscientious use of community resources to provide the best care possible for residents of our covered counties. Aaron enjoys spending his time with his family and giant dog, is an avid reader and runs marathons when his body will cooperate.

Shawn Winters, LCSW, Service Line Director – Residential

Shawn Winters joined the Center as an Outpatient Therapist in 2012.  In that same year became a therapist for the PACT Team (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) from 2012-2014. He then became the PACT Team Leader from 2014 to 2019. In July 2019, he was promoted to the Service Line Director for Residential service line. Other training and career experiences include: State of Idaho Family and Children’s Services Social Worker, Medical Social Worker in an acute care hospital and Medicaid Waiver Social Worker for adults and children.  He earned his Bachelors in Social Work (1993) from Idaho State University and his Masters in Social Work from Walla Walla University (2004).  Shawn was licensed in 2015 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Shawn was born and raised in Idaho and moved to Great Falls in 2000.  He lives there with his wife; they have two grown children currently residing in Montana. Shawn has many family members who have homesteaded near Great Falls, Montana.  

Doris M. Hernandez, MSHR, PHR, SHRM-CP,
Chief Human Resources Officer

Doris joined the Center as the Regional Human Resources Director in September of 2010. Her responsibilities include the development, implementation, and maintenance of personnel services.  Her previous human resource experience includes Benefis Healthcare and Army & Air Force Exchange Services in Panama City, Panama and Comayagua, Honduras. Doris earned her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Great Falls, Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Park University, Great Falls, Montana. She completed a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State University. She is also certified as a Professional Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute. She has worked in the Healthcare industry for 16 years. Doris enjoys traveling, reading, running, and volunteering at her church. She lives in Great Falls with her husband Arthur and two adult children, AJ and Alyssa and a son-in-law, Jason Wood. Her favorite saying is ‘Together We Can Make A Difference!’

Jennifer Whitfield, LCPC, Chief Clinical Officer

Jennifer Whitfield, LCPC, Chief Clinical Officer with the Center for Mental Health.  Jennifer grew up in a small Montana town.  She attended Carroll College where she received a Bachelor’s of Art in Biology with a minor in Psychology.  She went on to study counseling at the University of Great Falls where she earned her Masters of Science in Counseling and started working at Golden Triangle Community Mental Health Center.  Her roles have included: Youth Case Manager, CSCT Therapist, CSCT Supervisor, Director of Youth and Adult Services, Area Director of Services, Quality Assurance/Utilization Reviewer, Interim Recovery Service Line Director and most currently Chief Clinical Officer.  She also serves as the Center’s HIPAA Privacy Officer and Safety Chairperson.  Jennifer became licensed in 2005 as a LCPC.  She has remained with the Center for over 17 years.

Our Mission

“The Center for Mental Health partners with people and communities
to produce exceptional, integrated mental health and substance abuse services.”



Great Falls Regional Office
915 1st Ave South
P.O Box 3089
Great Falls, MT 59403


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