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PATH to Independence

Child custody care systems provide safety, shelter, and guidance for children. Once old enough to live on their own, youths oftentimes exit foster care or the mental health placement system with nowhere to go and no knowledge of how to make it successfully in adult society.

Ozark Center PATH to Independence provides long-term housing options for young adults age 17-22. To qualify, participants must have a serious emotional disturbance determined through an assessment. PATH teaches effective coping skills and offers a transitional housing opportunity and services that ease the adjustment to adult life.

Those accepted into the program must seek and secure employment. Until the person finds a job, PATH provides a fully furnished apartment and living expenses. Once the young man or woman secures a job and learns necessary independent living skills, he or she pays rent and expenses on a sliding scale.



Services include:
  • Safe, stable housing
  • Basic life-skill building
  • Consumer education, including budgeting, using credit, and housekeeping
  • Interpersonal-skill building, including establishing positive relationships with peers and adults, managing stress, and making decisions
  • Educational opportunities (GED preparation, postsecondary training, or vocational education)
  • Career counseling and help finding a job
  • Help obtaining a driver’s license, Social Security card, and birth certificate
  • Education, information, and counseling to prevent, treat, and reduce substance abuse
  • Mental healthcare, including individual and group counseling and in-home community support services
  • Help securing Medicaid health benefits, physical healthcare, health assessments, and emergency treatment by referral
For more information, call 417.347.7580.

ozark center

Administrative offices:
3006 McClelland Boulevard
Joplin, Missouri 64804
417.347.7600

Mailing address
PO Box 2526
Joplin, Missouri 64803