Welcome to Ozark Center

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Ozark Center Careers


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As one of the largest behavioral health organizations in southwest Missouri, Ozark Center employs more than 500 people in the Joplin metro area and offers a wide variety of career opportunities in mental and behavioral healthcare.

At Ozark Center, we strive to provide compassionate, innovative and trauma-informed care to all our clients. We strive to employ compassionate, caring, team-oriented professionals including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners with mental health specialty
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Substance use counselors
  • Board certified behavior analyst® (BCBA®) and board certified assistant behavior analyst® (BCaBA®)


Positions in case management available for those with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, sociology, criminal justice or other mental health field.

For those with a high school diploma or equivalent, we have these positions:

  • Direct-care positions working with children with autism, adult group homes and youth grouphomes
  • Accounting, patient accounts, medical records, support staff and other clerical positions 


Email your resume to Ozark Center or mail your resume to Ozark Center, Human Resources, PO Box 2526, Joplin, Missouri 64803.

Ozark Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate based on designation within any protected class as defined by applicable state and/or federal laws.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws such as FMLAEEO and EPPA.


Ozark Center Job Openings

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Ozark Center Employee Benefits

Ozark Center provides outstanding employee benefits – some are available the first day of employment.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Paid vacation and disability time accrued each pay period
  • Retirement plan with employer matching contribution
  • Licensure supervision provided
  • NHSC loan repayment opportunities
  • Longevity rewards and incentives
  • Employee recognition and bright ideas programs
  • Wellness program and incentives
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Numerous supplemental insurance options
  • Special community discounts


Check out our job postings or contact us for more information!


Why Choose Ozark Center?

Ozark Center is the area’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider, providing effective, caring and confidential services for adults, families and children, including:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Psychiatric services/medication management
  • Residential care
  • Acute inpatient care
  • 24-hour crisis services
  • In-home support


We continually seek new ways to provide quality services to our clients by exploring new products, services and locations in an effort to provide our clients with quality mental healthcare. We believe that a community-based system is inherently more responsive to the needs of the community and the individuals served.

Our goal is to assist people of all ages who are dealing with mental illness, addiction, trauma and/or abuse to develop the skills essential for living a life with dignity and purpose. Ozark Center provides a comprehensive system of mental healthcare programs from outpatient to hospitalization.


Ozark Center Psychiatric Residency Program

Deciding where to train is the most important decision of your career in psychiatry. When contemplating which residency program best suits you, you may consider the benefits of having varied clinical experience when rotating through Ozark Center’s addiction, child and adolescent, geriatric and consult services – all while receiving guidance from our supportive faculty.

During your time here, you will be able to grow as a resident while working with a collaborative team to provide care to patients of varied socioeconomic backgrounds in a rural healthcare setting in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin is located near Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, so our patient population may commute from any of these locations.

Click here to learn more about our psychiatric residency program


Community Crisis Training Opportunities

Ozark Center Crisis Services offers many suicide prevention training opportunities throughout the year. Please call 417.347.7600 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid 
Mental Health First Aid USA (MHFA USA) course is designed to increase mental health literacy, decrease stigmatizing attitudes in our communities, and encourage people to seek assistance for any potential mental health problem. Certified MHFA USA Instructors teach the 12-hour course and instruct nonclinically trained individuals who don’t specialize in mental health how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder.

Participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help is effective.  The fee for the class is $30 and includes a training manual.

Question, Persuade, Refer - Gatekeepers for Suicide Prevention 
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) are simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

In this 1-hour course, individuals learn to recognizethe warning signs of suicide and how to apply steps that can save lives. Each participant receives a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, in addition to resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community.

Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat for Professionals 
Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat (QPRT) is an 8-hour course that introduces professionals to suicide risk assessment from a medical, psychological and legal perspective. QPRT is the standard suicide risk assessment and safety plan integrated into medical treatment and referral plans. Students will enjoy increased competence and confidence in the assessment and management of those at risk for suicide.  

Additionally, students will learn:

  • Suicide risk assessment documentation
  • Clinical decision making
  • Skills to conduct a suicide risk assessment
  • Standardized suicide risk assessment production


Counseling on reducing the Access to Lethal Means 
Suicide is the 10th most common cause of death for those of all ages, and the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Missouri. Preventing these suicides is a very complex puzzle that requires all of us to work collaboratively to complete the picture. One piece of that puzzle that has proven effective is reducing access to lethal means–particularly firearms and medications.


Ozark Center Career FAQs

    To check on the status of application, please call Ozark Center Human Resources at 417.347.7600

    Yes, all applications must be submitted by mail or by email to careers_oc@freemanhealth.com.

    We process a large volume of applications and employee transfers each day. Processing time for individual applications varies due to the number of qualified applicants for each position, screening and interview schedules, access to employment verification information and timing of orientation schedules.

    You’re welcome to apply for two positions at a time; however, please carefully consider whether you meet the skill and education requirements for each job and whether you have a sincere interest in each position for which you apply.

    A recruiter will call each candidate to set up a date, time and location for the meeting. Depending on the position, interviews may include a member of our leadership team and peers within the department.

    After all interviews are completed, candidates are notified by phone with an offer, or by email or letter when declined. If you have been selected for the job, we'll extend a formal offer, which will include a start date, compensation and benefits. Please note that all offers are contingent upon passing our required background checks and other pre-employment tests.

    We’ll notify you by email if you’re not being considered for a position.

    We’re located at 1105 E. 32nd Street, Suite 2 in Joplin, Missouri. Our hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.