Vantage Point cuts services to focus on acute care, Ozark Guidance expands offerings

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Springdale-based Ozark Guidance Center, a nonprofit behavioral health care center, is expanding its services as Fayetteville-based Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas discontinues some of the same services to focus on acute inpatient services, according to a news release.

On Dec. 31, Vantage Point will discontinue therapeutic day treatment, school-based and outpatient services, while Ozark Guidance will expand its services to accommodate those who might be impacted by the change.

“Our hospital will still be open to serve the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors who need inpatient services,” said Connie Borengasser, CEO of Vantage Point of Northwest Arkansas. “We look forward to continuing to play an important role in the Northwest Arkansas community.”

As the oldest, nonprofit behavioral healthcare center in Northwest Arkansas, Ozark Guidance offers therapeutic day treatment, school-based and outpatient services for children and adults in Bentonville, Berryville, Fayetteville, Huntsville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale.

“We want to provide a continuum of care for clients,” said Laura Tyler, president and CEO of Ozark Guidance Center. “While people always have a choice of provider, we are committed to meeting the needs of individuals and families for better mental health in the communities we serve.”

Also on Tuesday, Ozark Guidance announced the hiring of  Chris Bockelman as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He began his new role Oct. 30

A certified public accountant, Bockelman will be a member of Ozark Guidance’s executive team, consulting on organizational strategy, programmatic planning, budgeting, and other financial matters. He will directly supervise employees of the accounting department, including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Additionally, he will manage grants and contracts.

Bockelman most recently worked at Summit Medical Center in Edmond, Okla., where he was chief financial officer and outpatient surgery administrator.