Welcome to Ozark Center
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:
- 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.
Ozark Center Employee Benefits
Ozark Center provides outstanding employee benefits – some are available the first day of employment.
- 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
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.
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.