Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) has been selected
by the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) Office of Disaster Services
to implement a COVID Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) in addition to the
mental health services it currently provides to the surrounding counties.
The CCP which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
is intended to assist those individuals and communities in recovering
from the effects of natural and human-caused disasters such as the current
pandemic through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho-educational
services. It helps people recover and rebuild their lives after a disaster.
Crisis Counselors through the CCP can help individuals and groups to understand
their situations and reactions, address emotions, adjust to loss, manage
stress, develop coping strategies and make use of community resources
available to them.
About OMC Behavioral Healthcare CCP
OMC Behavioral Healthcare will utilize its CCP program to provide outreach
services to the community such as; COVID-19 education, methods to protect
against infection, and information on how to cope with related stress
and anxiety. Linkage to resources will include; job search information,
counseling services, medication management services, unemployment services,
and housing support.
The initial program launch will be centered around OMC Behavioral Healthcare’s
recently launched COVID-19 Help & Resource Line. This helpline will
provide free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased
anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Helpline is staffed by volunteers
and mental health professionals who are here to help. Call 417-256-1777
to access this service Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OMC Behavioral Healthcare offers efficient and effective mental health
services to children and adults including individuals, couples, and family
counseling. In addition, BHC provides case management, anger management,
group therapy, and medication services to help reduce the severity and
duration of mental health disorders. Their team of mental health professionals
provides convenient, comprehensive care to keep their community mentally
healthy. For more information about OMC Behavioral Healthcare, visit
OMC Behavioral Health COVID-19 Help & Resource Line Operators from
left to right: Melissa Daily, Resource Coordinator; Wendy Rhoads, Team
Lead; Lorrie Bettis, Resource Coordinato; all of OMC Behavioral Health.