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Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Receives Donation of School Supplies

Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Receives Donation of School Supplies

An anonymous donor has given $1,500 for school supplies to the children of the Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (CPRP) at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Behavioral Healthcare (BHC). These supplies have been bundled into backpacks for CPRP children in OMC’s eight-county service area.

OMC’s CPRP program provides an array of services to persons with severe, disabling mental illnesses. Services include evaluations, crisis intervention, community support, medication management, and psychosocial rehabilitation. This program emphasizes individual choices and needs and promotes independence and the pursuit of meaningful living, working, learning, and leisure-time activities in normal community settings.

Each Community Support Specialist for the Children’s Team has approximately twenty children on their caseload and meets with them every week to work on specific needs identified in their assessment. They work on a treatment plan and address needs ranging from increasing coping skills, improving self-esteem, managing anxiety, becoming more organized, increasing respectful communication, attending appointments, taking medications, understanding their diagnosis, and getting along better with their family and friends. There are approximately two hundred children served at any given time.

CPRP takes a whole-team approach, which includes the psychiatrist, nurse, Community Support Specialist, Health Care Home Nurse, therapist, and the CPRP Supervisor. Patients also have access to a crisis line 24 hours a day, if needed.

“We hope these backpacks can go to good use as the children may not otherwise have access to obtain or afford these items,” said Myriah Wallace, OMC’s CPRP supervisor. “We are more than grateful to our donor for allowing us to provide for our children this year. We have never been able to do this before. We gave a nice backpack with supplies to one child and his guardian the other day. He wore it throughout his entire time at BHC, and she thanked us over and over.”

Children are referred to the program and must meet qualifications set forth by the Department of Mental Health. If you know someone who might benefit from confidential one-on-one support services, please contact the Request for Services Department at 417-257-5976.

Pictured left to right: Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program staff members Autumn Kuyper, Chelsea Hammeke, and Ashley Myers.

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