Nicole Hurd, LCPC,
Quality Assurance Director

Nicole Hurd grew up in Great Falls, MT and had aspirations to be a teacher to take after her father and grandmother.  However, a psychology class in high school turned that notion on its head and she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Montana-Missoula.  She was determined to obtain her PhD and work with older adults but again a class in her senior year at the university shifted her focus.  She quickly decided on pursuing her Master of Arts degree at U of M in the counseling program where the professor taught that captivated her attention her final undergrad year.  After completing her degrees, she moved home to Great Falls and started her time with the Center for Mental Health in August of 2009 as a CSCT therapist. This felt a little like meeting that dream of working in the schools even though she was not a teacher.  She became licensed as a Professional Counselor in July of 2011. After 5 years in the schools, she moved from the therapist position into program supervisor for the middle school/high school CSCT teams.  Most recently she stepped back into the role of direct care in CSCT before the opportunity for the Quality Assurance Director came available and she was promoted.  Outside of work, Nicole enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her spouse and two dogs.

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.  

Julie Prigmore, LCPC,
Service Line Director – Recovery

Julie Prigmore moved to Great Falls in 1993 after spending many summers here as a child; with fond memories of visits with her grandmother and walks under the canopy of trees on 1st Avenue South.  The draw of family, mountains and fly fishing keeps her here today.

Julie worked previously for the Center in multiple roles prior to her return to the Center and appointment as the Director of the Recovery Service Line. Her previous roles were: Adolescent Day Treatment, In-Home Services, Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) and Outpatient services working with adults, youth and the Veteran population as a Therapist.

Other training and career experiences include: Licensed Behavioral Health Case Manager for Magellan Health; Regional Care Coordinator and Account Executive for the Magellan Medicaid Administration and Chief of the Mental Health Services Bureau with the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD) for the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS).   Group Home Program Manager and Clinical Director with AWARE Inc.  She earned her Bachelors (1995) from the College of Great Falls and her Masters from University of Great Falls (2000).  Julie was licensed in 2001; and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Montana.  She was licensed in 2017; and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Minnesota.

Julie continues to live here with her two adult children Jeff, Jenna, son-in-law Eric and twin granddaughter’s, Mackenzie and Myla.



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.

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.

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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