Ozark Center News

Ozark Center News

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Receives $20,000 Donation

August 15, 2017

Active Lifestyle Events Inc. presents final installment of $100,000 pledge.

New Credential Ensures Exceptional Services for Children with Autism

June 28, 2017

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism exceeding insurance requirements.

Ozark Center Earns Accreditation from CARF International

June 21, 2017

Achievement recognizes commitment to behavioral health programs.

Freeman Auxiliary Presents Check to Turnaround Ranch

April 19, 2017

Funds support improvements to recreation room.

Paula F. Baker Named to List of “50 Missourians You Should Know”

February 13, 2017

Honor highlights commitment to integrating physical and mental healthcare.

Ozark Center Among Agencies Participating in Federal Pilot Program

January 30, 2017

Program aims to improve access to behavioral and mental healthcare.

Flag of Freedom Award

January 12, 2017

The Missouri Division of Workforce Development presented Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, with the Flag of Freedom award for its efforts in hiring military veterans through the Show-Me Heroes program. The Flag of Freedom plaque features an American flag patch worn by a Missouri National Guard soldier or Airman while deployed in operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Ozark Center Receives Grant to Identify Early Onset Psychosis

January 11, 2017

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has identified Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, as one of three community behavioral health centers in southwest Missouri to collaborate on and implement a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration System of Care expansion grant.

Ozark Center Honored with Flag of Freedom Award

January 04, 2017

Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, was presented with the Flag of Freedom award from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development for its efforts in hiring military veterans through the Show-Me Heroes program.

Will’s Place Reports Success with ACT-TAY Program

December 27, 2016

ACT-TAY uses a team-based approach to deliver comprehensive and flexible treatment, support and services.

Ozark Center Housing Program Receives State Award

July 05, 2016

Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, was recently named the 2016 Outstanding Performer for Housing Development by Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health.

Butterfly Sculptures Unveiled to Commemorate Tornado Anniversary

May 23, 2016

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado, two butterfly sculptures were unveiled at Freeman Hospital West and Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. More than 20 large butterfly sculptures have been placed around the Joplin community as a symbol of growth and transformation.

Ozark Center Launches Help Kids Cope App

May 23, 2016

Developed in direct response to the May 22, 2011, tornado, the app provides guidance on age-appropriate communications about natural disasters with preschool, school-aged and adolescent children.

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Celebrates Completion of New Campus

November 19, 2015

After operating out of temporary facilities for four and a half years, students gathered with Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer, Paula F. Baker, and staff from Ozark Center and Bill & Virginia Center for Autism as they celebrated the completion of a new, permanent facility.

Turnaround Ranch Unveils New Disc Golf Course

October 27, 2015

Turnaround Ranch continues its commitment to improve the overall health of the youths it serves. With the help of Freeman Auxiliary, resident youths now have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with Snowberry Park Disc Golf Course.

Donation Builds Hope for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 22, 2015

As the opening of the new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism draws closer, staff members from Freeman Health System and Ozark Center gathered at the construction site at 2808 S. Picher in Joplin to accept a large gift from the Quapaw Tribe and Downstream Casino Resort.

Ozark Center Earns Accreditation for Health and Human Services

September 29, 2015

Ozark Center takes pride in achieving accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. It provides a visible symbol that assures the public of a provider’s commitment to continually enhancing the quality of services and programs with a focus on the satisfaction of persons served.

Ozark Center Observes World Suicide Prevention Day

September 09, 2015

In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, the mental health professionals at Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, urge the community to join them in their efforts to prevent suicides and save precious lives.

Ozark Center Director Selected for State Leadership Position

June 30, 2015

Mary Parrigon, Executive Director of Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, was recently selected as the Chairman of the Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare Executive Board effective July 1, 2015.

Ozark Center Certified as “Deficiency Free” in 2014

June 30, 2015

Ozark Center, the behavioral health entity of Freeman Health System, and Ozark Oaks Residential Care Facility, a member of Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA), was awarded the Facility Excellence Award certifying that the facility was “Deficiency Free” in 2014, by the Missouri Assisted Living Association.

Clay shooting competition will benefit Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

September 25, 2014

Clays for a Cause, a clay shooting competition to benefit Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, will be held Saturday, October 4, at Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan. The tournament begins at 9:30 am with a shotgun start at the lodge, with registration beginning at 8 am.

Construction begins on new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

August 05, 2014

Armed with gold shovels and teal hardhats, supporters of Freeman Health System and Ozark Center, Freeman’s behavioral health division, overturned mounds of dirt, officially signaling the start of construction for the new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism.

Freeman and Ozark Center welcome new chief operating officer

April 28, 2014

Mary Parrigon, a 24-year employee with Freeman Health System, has been named chief operating officer for Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman.

Grant enables purchase of tornado shelters for Turnaround Ranch

March 20, 2013

A grant from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund will allow for the purchase and installation of seven tornado shelters at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch, an organization that assists local youths with emotional and behavioral problems.

Ozark Center opens apartments for homeless youth

March 08, 2013

Ozark Center officially opened a second Pre-Adult Transitional Housing (PATH) apartment complex, a new residence to homeless youth in need of long-term housing, as well as assistance developing essential life skills. After seven months of construction, the completion of PATH II doubles the number of young adults Ozark Center can house.

Ozark Centeer awarded grant by Missouri Foundation for Health

November 29, 2012

A $1.5 million grant awarded to Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, will fund continued mental health recovery efforts for the Joplin community following the May 2011 tornado. Awarded by Missouri Foundation for Health, the grant will allow Ozark Center to continue its transitional disaster recovery.

Turnaround Ranch pays it forward

October 10, 2012

A generous gift from Tri-State Area Contractors Association (TSACA) encouraged students at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch to pay it forward. Members of TSACA recently donated $40,000 in labor and materials to make improvements at several Turnaround Ranch locations. Upgrades included a new shower and bath installation, lighting improvements, landscaping, and cosmetic upgrades.

Ozark Center receives $1.6 million grant to expand services and treatment for abused children

September 24, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon joined Ozark Center and Freeman Health System to announce a $1.6 million grant-funded initiative to improve treatment and services for abused youth. Awarded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the grant will enable Ozark Center to share the principles of a trauma-informed approach with child-care agencies throughout the Four States.

Funding provides social skills classes for young adults with autism

September 04, 2012

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism offers one-on-one classes to address functional skills such as hygiene, dating, job acquisition, personal relationships, and other social needs. These courses are important, because they are not readily available in a traditional academic setting.

New technology aids local children living with autism

August 30, 2012

A $6,000 donation from the Kansas-Missouri District of Pilot International, a worldwide service organization, funded the purchase of a SMART Table™ for the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, formerly Ozark Center for Autism.

Ozark Center employees certified to lead mental health awareness course

July 23, 2012

Five Ozark Center employees have become certified instructors for the Mental Health First Aid – USA (MHFA) program. The five completed 40 hours of training and are now certified to lead MHFA courses.

Ozark Center fully healed after May 22 tornado

January 30, 2012

After losing half its Joplin facilities in the May 22, 2011, tornado, Ozark Center, the behavioral health division of Freeman Health System, is fully restored. On January 30, Ozark Center reopened New Directions residential substance abuse treatment and medical detoxification facility, marking the end of its long road to recovery.

Will's Place Officially Opens

January 10, 2012

Praising Gov. Jay Nixon and the state legislature for their steadfast support, Freeman and Ozark Center administrators officially opened Will’s Place, a healing center for children made possible by a $2 million allocation from the state in the weeks following the May 22 tornado.