The Ozark Guidance Center's CMHC Project will focus on individuals with serious mental illness (SMI),
children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); and individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (COD). Ozark Guidance Cener is the State Contracted Community Mental Health Center serving 8 Counties in Northwest Arkansas. As with many Community Mental Health Centers across the Nation, the COVID-19 Pandemic presented unique challenges that hace hindered the Agency's ability to adequately serve the Client Population. Throught the project, Ozark Guidance will work to better address the behavioral health needs of individuals with SED, SMI, and COD by restoring and enhancing the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by COVID-19. The Agency's capacity to serve the population will be increased through implementation of required activities as well as the following goals. Goal 1) Expand Ozark Guidance's capacity to support consumers by hiring additional staff. Goal 2) Increase access to services. Goal 3) Build staff capacity through training, education, and technology. Throught this project, Ozark Guidance proposes to serve at least 500 individuals per year (1,000 individuals over the length of the project).