April 19, 2017
Funds support improvements to recreation room.
February 13, 2017
Honor highlights commitment to integrating physical and mental healthcare.
January 30, 2017
Program aims to improve access to behavioral and mental healthcare.
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 2016
ACT-TAY uses a team-based approach to deliver comprehensive and flexible treatment, support and services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.