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Ozark Center expands access with opening of behavioral health clinic in Carl Junction

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What: Ozarks Center increases access to behavioral healthcare services with opening of a clinic in Carl Junction

When: 10:00 am Tuesday, October 14

Where

Carl Junction Ozark Center Clinic

106 S. Main St.

Carl Junction, Mo.

Carl Junction residents have greater access to quality behavioral health services with the opening of an Ozark Center clinic at 106 S. Main St., Carl Junction. The center provides outpatient treatment for individuals who have experienced trauma, suffer from mental health symptoms or have behavioral concerns.

The clinic will include services provided by Will's Place, an Ozark Center program that offers specialized trauma and behavioral health services for children and their families. Will's Place in Joplin opened in early 2012 to provide services for children dealing with trauma following the May 2011 tornado. Will's Place offers a variety of behavioral health services for children and adolescents, including therapy, psychiatric evaluations, medication management and case management.

Freeman President and CEO Paul Baker said the opening of this center is a collaborative effort with the Carl Junction School system. “The school leadership recognizes the benefits of having primary care and behavioral health services readily available for their students and faculty. But they also recognize the importance of making these services available to the entire community. I want to commend them for taking this initiative and for their desire to improve the quality of life for those living in Carl Junction.”

The opening of the clinic complements the partnership announced last month between Freeman and Carl Junction Schools to provide a comprehensive school-based health program for students and staff. Freeman offers the school priority scheduling for appointments at the Carl Junction Family Medicine Clinic as well as Will's Place, and provides transportation for students to the local clinics for appointments. Services include a health and wellness education and resource center that provides individual and group instruction and health coaching,

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with the schools and community leaders to improve access to behavioral health services in Carl Junction,” said Ozark Center COO Mary Parrigon. “The addition of this location will enable Ozark Center to build upon and enhance the behavioral healthcare services available in the community and will be an avenue for residents to access other comprehensive services available through our Joplin facility.

The center is staffed by Licensed Professional Counselor Patrick Curry and will offer individual and family counseling, group therapy, in-home case management, school consultations and crisis intervention services. Curry has been with Ozark Center for 10 years and specializes in work with children, adolescents and families.

The center is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Evening appointments are available upon request. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 417.347.7999.

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