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Welcome to Ozark Center

Ozark Center, an integral component of Freeman Health System, provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults and families in the four state area.

Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it.

We want to be your health care partner!

To schedule an appointment call 417.347.7600

May 23, 2016

Butterfly Sculptures Unveiled to Commemorate Tornado Anniversary

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.

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May 23, 2016

Ozark Center Launches Help Kids Cope App

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.

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November 19, 2015

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

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.

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Physician Spotlight

Charles Graves, MD


Dr. Graves is the Ozark Center Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry. He has been practicing child and adolescent psychiatry since 1998.

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Program Spotlight

The Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consultime Group, serves children birth to age 21 and families. The center offers child-centered diagnostic, treatment and education services.

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Virtual Reality Treatment

Ozark Center – always on the forefront of innovative behavioral health solutions – recently added two high-tech treatment options to help people deal with issues such as generalized anxiety issues, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through virtual reality exposure therapy and biofeedback, Ozark Center addresses some of the biggest challenges facing the community today and reaches out to individuals who might be reluctant to complete a more traditional course of therapy.