Mental health clinic to open on Carthage High School campus


The Carthage Tigers will soon offer a unique option to help students dealing with anxiety or depression.
It’s a clinic opening on the high school campus similar to health clinics that operate at some southwest Missouri high schools.
But this one will focus solely on mental health.
The outreach will be called the Ozark Center Clinic and will be staffed through the Ozark Center.
The high school will provide space near the counselor’s office for the clinic – but there is no charge to the school district for the service.
Ozark Center has tested a similar concept through pilot projects.
Del Camp is the Chief Clinical Officer for Ozark Center; he said, “We’re kind of breaking some ground. Ozark Center had a trial run in another school but just a different scenario than what we’re doing now. Again, we’re not perfect yet – but anything we can offer to help a student’s worth it.”
The Carthage school board signed off on the program Monday night, along with a separate general health clinic through Mercy.
The mental health project will be open to students, staff and family members of staff.
They hope to have the Ozark Center Clinic up and running by this Christmas.

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