Clark Center Strategic Plan Updates
The following excerpts from our current Strategic Plan are being shared to keep you updated on the exciting plans continuously in place to improve our ability to provide quality services to as many as possible.
The Clark Center is now well into our second year as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic under the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The Excellence in Mental Health Act is a federally funded initiative created by a bipartisan team in Congress aimed at increasing access to quality mental health services. A time of testing is underway in which a few states were selected to participate in this program before it is implemented nationwide. Missouri is one of the states presenting this opportunity and the Clark Center is pleased to have met the lengthy list of criteria needed to participate. Although it is requiring a few changes in the way we conduct business, you can be assured that offering continued compassionate client care will always be our primary mission.
We are currently restructuring the flow of our outpatient mental health services in an effort to decrease wait time for those wishing to enter services. In addition, we have restructured our intake process so that more often clients will be seen for their initial evaluation by the therapist with whom they will eventually be assigned. We are hoping this makes the intake process a bit more comfortable for those coming in to services.
We are pleased to have reached an agreement to rent space in Aurora in which we will have two outpatient rooms and a group room. As we implement services at this location we will continue the search for a larger, more permanent space in Aurora. We are looking forward to seeing clients in Aurora before the end of May.
The Clark Community Mental Health Center is committed to progressing along a Trauma Informed Care continuum. Trauma Informed Care recognizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery. It recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in our consumers, family, AND staff. It seeks to actively resist re-traumatization. We now have staff who are able to conduct trainings to others in the community who are interested in this topic.
More therapeutic groups are being offered on a variety of topics. If you are interested in seeing if one would be an appropriate option for you, please check with your current provider or call us at 417-476-1000.
Hiring appropriate personnel at all levels to allow us to serve as many clients as are needing services is always a top priority. We have more therapists and prescribers now than we have ever had before and we are continuing to expand.
Stay posted for future updates - our strategic plan is updated twice yearly.
The Clark Center maintains our accreditation through the Coalition for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. During a survey the CARF team members examine Clark Center programs, policies and procedures against numerous international standards of practice excellence. Interviews with clients, staff members and other stakeholders are conducted. The survey tells us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. Our most recent survey was in the spring of 2019 and we again received a 3 year accreditation which is the highest level that a behavioral health center can receive. Our current accreditation is good through spring of 2022.