System of Care- Community for Early Signs and Symptoms

Ozark Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of effective, confidential, evidence-based behavioral health services.

In our over 50 years of operation, we have continually expanded our services and programs in the communities we serve by being innovative and passionate about providing the highest standard of evidence-based services, as reflected in our mission statement: “To improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, trauma-informed, quality healthcare solutions.”

In 1995 Ozark Center joined Freeman Health System and employs more than 630 people in 30 locations across Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barton counties, including Joplin, Neosho, Carthage, Carl Junction, Lamar, and Pineville.

Ozark Center is one of a select few Certified Community

Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC) in the nation.  As a CCBHC, Ozark Center will: focus on coordination of behavioral health and physical health services, implement center-wide standardized assessments, promote evidence-based practices that support recovery, radically improve quality through newly established quantitative and qualitative measures, and enhance and expand services.

Will’s Place, developed by Ozark Center and Freeman Health System in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, provides comprehensive behavioral health services to newborns through age 25.

In addition to our varied and exceptional treatment staff, we also offer a variety of treatment programs along a continuum of care for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. All services, developmentally- and age-appropriate, are responsive to the child’s needs. Our therapists address a wide variety of concerns that children and families may encounter.

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This project, publication/report/etc. was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM063402-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

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