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.