Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare Celebrates 20 Years of Service
This year marks the 20th year of service for Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral
Healthcare (OMC BHC). OMC BHC began in November, 1997, as an administrative
agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. This designation coincided
with a consolidation of outpatient behavioral health services in the area.
Prior to OMC BHC, Ozark Area Care and Counseling (OACC) practiced behavioral
healthcare in OMC’s service area.
The OMC BHC service area includes the counties of Howell, Ozark, Texas,
Shannon, Douglas, Wright, and Oregon. Behavioral health services are delivered
in West Plains, Mountain Grove, Thayer, Mountain View, and Winona. Tele-psychiatry
services also are available in outlying clinics.
OMC BHC serves approximately 4,500 clients. Services include medication
management, psychotherapy (counseling), Healthcare Home, case management,
crisis services, and day treatment. Case management currently serves 780
clients, assisting them with management of their care. Healthcare Home
is a Medicaid program that provides care coordination for about 400 clients
dual-diagnosed with a chronic physical condition and a mental health condition.
Counseling services have adopted evidence-based practices in recent years,
including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
“One of the unique things about OMC BHC is that it is aligned with
a regional healthcare system, unlike most of our peers around the state,”
says OMC BHC Director Richard McGee. “We are able to provide a full
range of behavioral health services, but also coordinate care with other
OMC services to provide a very wide range of services to clients.”
For more information on Behavioral Healthcare in any of OMC’s clinics,