Behavioral Health Center

SSM Health St. Mary's Center for Behavioral Health 

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City's inpatient behavioral health program is a 24 bed, acute, short-term program for patients age 18 and older in need of a secure, therapeutic environment to treat severe symptoms of an acute psychiatric diagnosis. The inpatient program is designed to quickly return patients to their optimal level of functioning through an intensive, structured, physician-supervised program.

Services include psychiatric and physical assessments, 24-hour nursing and medical support, medication management and education, group therapy, access to physical and occupational therapy, individualized treatment planning, diagnostic testing, basic life skill enhancement, discharge planning, family education and support, referral for follow-up services, placement assistance, and motor-skill development specific to geriatric patients.

Medical Director: John Clemens, MD
Nurse Practitioner: Jennifer Clingenpeel, APRN
Social Workers: Kenneth Skouby, LCSW, Alvin Bexten, LCSW, Frances Hemphill, MSW
Nurse Manager: Julie Womack, RN

SSM Health St. Mary's Health Psychology Services (Outpatient)
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City offers comprehensive psychotherapy and counseling services on an outpatient basis.  We provide individual and family therapy, psychological testing, Employee Assistance Programs.  We also offer counseling services to help patients dealing with chronic illness.  These services include:  individual and family counseling, as well as, stress management training (provided both in individual and group programs).

The psychologists are also available for consultation on the inpatient psychiatry and medical units.

Outpatient Offices

3702 West Truman Blvd., Suite 115
Jefferson City, Missouri
573-761-6888 (fax)
Michele Test, Office Manager
Joseph McCormack, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist
Laurel Kramer, Ph.D., Psychologist
Jacqueline Henry, Ph.D., Psychologist
Alvin Bexten, M.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City
100 St. Mary's Medical Plaza
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 761-7000