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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon with US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in Joplin June 9th, 2011 Image by Greg Brock/KTTS News
Information provided by Scott Holste . . .
Gov. Jay Nixon will be in Joplin on Monday (Sept. 24) to announce a development that will enable Will’s Place, the Ozark Center’s child trauma treatment center, to expand the scope of its services to help area children and youth impacted by trauma. Will’s Place is named after Will Norton, a young man who died in the May 2011 tornado after just graduating from Joplin High School.
The Governor is expected to be joined by mental health professionals from the Ozark Center, which is a part of Freeman Health System; representatives of Freeman and other health professionals from the Joplin community; Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Dr. Keith Schafer; by representatives of the federal Department of Health and Human Services; and by Mark and Trish Norton, parents of Will Norton.
Will’s Place was opened formally in January of this year. In July 2011, the Governor announced that the state of Missouri was allocating $2 million to help establish the center. The center also has been made possible by a memorandum of understanding between the Ozark Center, a part of Freeman Health System; St. John’s Mercy; the Joplin Public Schools; the Missouri Department of Mental Health; the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri; and the Missouri Institute for Mental Health.
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