Ozark Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, incorporated and started providing behavioral health services in February 1965. Ozark Center became an entity of Freeman Health System in 1996. Ozark Center employs about 500 employees in 30 locations across Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barton counties, and serves approximately 14,000 clients.
Ozark Center has received the highest possible accreditation score from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, international agency that monitors quality in the delivery of mental health services. In addition, Ozark Center is certified and licensed by Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Ozark Center continually seeks new ways to provide quality services to our clients by exploring new products, services and locations in an effort to provide our clients with quality mental healthcare. We believe that a community-based system is inherently more responsive to the needs of the community and the individuals served. Since opening, we have continued to expand services and programs in the communities we serve by through innovation, pursuit of grants, fundraising activities and passion for providing gold-standard, evidence-based services. This is reflected in our mission statement – “To improve the health of the communities we serve through contemporary, innovative, trauma-informed, quality healthcare solutions.”