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Ozark Center Named Outstanding Performer for 2018

July 20, 2018

Award Recognizes Commitment to Obtaining and Maintaining Employment for Clients

Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, was named the 2018 Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Outstanding Performer by the Missouri Department of Mental Health – Division of Behavioral Health. The award recognizes Ozark Center’s commitment to obtaining and maintaining education and employment for clients.

The Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Employment program at Ozark Center provides clients with support and services needed to make work and education goals a possibility. A TEAM Employment specialist assists individuals in understanding how job satisfaction can be attained to fit individual needs and decisions about work are based on preferences, strengths and experiences.

Supported employment is integrated with overall treatment. Employment specialists coordinate with the client’s Ozark Center treatment team, which includes a case manager, a therapist and a primary care physician. Support is provided to help each client maintain employment as long as the individual wants assistance.

Ozark Center is the area’s leading provider of behavioral healthcare and has helped clients for more than 50 years. To learn more about TEAM Employment, call 417.347.7653. 

About Ozark Center

An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Mo., Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2018 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit