JOPLIN, Mo. – Ozark Center New Directions has a new address.
The drug treatment center recently relocated to a larger building at 3220 S. Wisconsin Ave. in Joplin.
The move allows for increased capacity for its Outpatient Substance Use treatment services.
A ribbon cutting and open house took place last Friday.
The reasons behind the move, said Vicky Mieseler, Chief Administrative Officer for Ozark Center, are becoming more and more evident with each passing year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 75 percent of the more than 90,000 drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, while more than 82 percent of those opioid deaths involved synthetic opioids and added mixtures such as fentanyl and xylazine.
A new pharmacy, complete with a drive-through window, where trained physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can prescribe medicines. The pharmacy allows patients to obtain their prescriptions while getting them filled in the same location.
“Our team is very well-versed on dosages and the kinds of medications someone might be taking,” said Del Camp, Chief Clinical Officer at Ozark Center.
“It allows someone to feel much more confident about the medications they may be given that another pharmacy that does a great job in lots of other areas might not have the depth of knowledge about,” Camp added.
Camp says New Directions also will offer Spravato, a new nasal injection that may offer a successful option for patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression.
New Directions provides substance use services, treatment, and support networks for Joplin area residents beneath an umbrella of separate-but-interrelated components, including substance use, recovery support and anger management programs.
Overall, the Wisconsin Avenue location has triple the amount of square footage than the previous space. Other new or relocated features include:
Increased capacity to help more clients seeking Medicated Assisted Treatment options, with nursing support space quadrupled.
The expanded space allows for two large, open client lobbies, spacious hallways, new group rooms, and larger treatment offices.
The Resident Psychiatrist training facility – which trains and educates psychiatrists to provide excellent care – features a state-of-the-art learning environment with a lecture hall, recreation room and library. Overall, the number of psychiatrist residents will increase from 12 to 16.