Ozark Center receives grant for criminal justice clients

$4 Million funds "Recovery Up" project-assisted outpatient treatment
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Joplin, Mo – Ozark Center will be able to start a new program called Recovery Up, thanks to a $4 million dollar federal grant from the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“This funding will support an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program that works with the courts to allow individuals involved with the criminal justice system to obtain treatment while continuing to live in the community and their homes,” said Vicky Mieseler, Ozark Center Chief Administrative Officer.

“The four-year grant will double our existing treatment capacity,” Mieseler said. “Each year, Recovery Up will serve 25 adults ages 18 and above who have serious mental illness or co-occurring disorders and are at a high risk for recidivism in the criminal justice system.  Participants will be screened and assessed for trauma and psychiatric medication management, while efforts will also focus on housing, employment and education status,” Mieseler explained.

Recovery Up will be a partnership between Ozark Center, Jasper County Courts and University of Missouri-St. Louis Missouri Institute of Mental Health.

SAMHSA provides federal grant support to improve the quality and delivery of behavioral health services across the nation. The AOT grant program is a four-year program intended to identify evidence-based practices that can reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations and interactions with the criminal justice system. Likewise, the health and social outcomes of individuals with a serious mental illness would be improved.