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Mountain Grove Clinic Spotlight: Behavioral Healthcare

Mountain Grove Clinic Spotlight: Behavioral Healthcare

WEST PLAINS, Mo – May is Mental Health Awareness month, so we are focusing on Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Mountain Grove Behavioral Healthcare team (BHC). OMC Mountain Grove BHC serves as the base of services for the western counties of Texas, Douglas, and Wright.

Mountain Grove started as a behavioral health clinic and has expanded to other services over the years, including family medicine. OMC has offered a full line of behavioral health services at Mountain Grove since the state awarded OMC the administrative contract for the seven-county service area of south-central Missouri in 1997.

Kendra Rasmussen, APN, joined OMC Mountain Grove in March 2019. Rasmussen is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMH-NP). As a PMH-NP, Ms. Rasmussen is an advanced-practice registered nurse that provides comprehensive mental health care to patients suffering from behavioral problems and mental health disorders.

Originally from Richland, Rasmussen looked forward to relocating to the Mountain Grove area. In her spare time, Ms. Rasmussen and her family enjoy the outdoors and camping. They also foster rescue dogs in their home.

OMC Mountain Grove BHC has a team of several counselors and case managers. Counselors include Julie Posey, LCSW; Amanda Douglas, LCSW; and Golda Cain, LPC.

Ms. Posey has been with OMC for three years. Her favorite aspect of working in behavioral healthcare is the journey of watching clients overcome and heal from their traumatic pasts.

OMC Mountain Grove also has a full team of case managers led by Katherine Clem, CPRC Supervisor. Case managers are known as Community Support Specialists (CSS). The CSS team consists of Angela Prifogle, Ashley Myers, Billie Weaver, Maggie Bentley, Melissa Eggert, Rusty Wilson, Shannon Lane, and Tedra Graven.

The BHC Healthcare Home team provides services at Mountain Grove. This program provides care coordination for Medicaid clients who have dual-diagnosis of a chronic physical condition and a mental health condition. The Healthcare Home team consults with OMC primary care providers and reviews the care of each client. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each client in the program.

May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by the national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by over 30 million people.

Walk-in assessments are available at OMC Mountain Grove BHC on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. For more information call OMC Mountain Grove at 417-926-6563.

Kendra Rasmussen, board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMH-NP)

Julie Posey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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