Ozarks offers a full range of psychiatric services including psychiatry, 24/7 nursing, three full-time mental health clinicians, special education certified teachers, and case management. We have three units that range from single bed rooms to double occupancy rooms. Perimeter of the Ozarks divides its residents by age, behavior and diagnosis and operates a 1:6 ratio 24 hours per day. Treatment programming at our facility is called The Journey Program, and it incorporates a trauma informed multi-discipline approach combining elements from trauma-focused models and Evidence-Based Practices including: NeuroRelational Framework, Conscious Discipline Brain Model, Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, among others. The Journey Program includes four treatment phases, ranging from: stabilization to skill building, focus trauma work and recovery, stability and discharge planning. Each resident moves through these phases at their own pace depending on pervasiveness of symptoms, family involvement, motivation, and response to medication and therapy services. Upon completion of the program, each resident has a graduation ceremony with their peers where they are awarded a certificate of completion as well as a discharge gift. It is a great opportunity for them to speak to their peers about how the program helped change them and what they learned going through the process, increasing motivation and purpose for other residents.
The Journey Program is a comprehensive trauma treatment that incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach including mental health treatment, medication evaluation and management, nursing assessment and intervention, education, recreation, nutrition and dietary, and para-professional and case management services. The program takes a holistic approach to trauma treatment under the belief that trauma is both physical and psychological and mind and body must be addressed together in order to achieve recovery and healing. Clients working through the Journey Program have a long history of mental health and behavioral disturbance related to past abuse, neglect, violence, or other trauma that has not been successfully addressed with a more generalist behavioral treatment approach.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. Children and youth who are from hard places have often experienced complex developmental trauma, demonstrating an interactive set of psychological and behavioral issues. TBRI is a holistic, attachment-based, evidence based, and trauma informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. The three principles of TBRI include: Empowering Principles (addressing the physical needs of the child), Connecting Principles (addressing the attachment needs of the child) and the Correcting Principles (addressing the fear-based behaviors of the child). We are very excited to provide TBRI to the communities we work with and help our children live a more healthy and positive life.
The referral process for the residential programs look at more detailed information than our acute program starting with gathering criteria to determine level of care including a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, medical, physician and medication history, school information including an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and discharge summaries from any recent hospitalization.
Exclusion criteria includes FSIQ below 70, pregnancy and medical issues that require extensive/ongoing attention by medical professionals.
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The children and adolescents in any of the Ozarks programs are provided with an education that is valuable for future success. Class size is small and educational programs are tailored to the individual needs based on IEP’s and needed programming utilizing special education teachers. The facility works with the Arkansas Department of Education to incorporate Math, English/Language Arts, History and Science as well as a variety of electives similar to what a student would experience in a traditional school setting.