Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks – Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks – Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic


Part of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, the Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic provides outpatient treatment for veterans and active-duty personnel struggling with chemical dependency, primary psychiatric conditions, and co-occurring disorders. Located in the community of Mount Vernon, Mo., the facility’s programming is tailored to the meet the unique needs of veterans struggling with behavioral and mental health disorders.


Upon admission, patients undergo an initial substance abuse and/or psychiatric assessment to determine if the clinic’s outpatient-level of care is appropriate. Patients who may benefit from a structured, monitored environment for stabilization may be referred to an inpatient facility. However, the Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic’s programming may function as a “step-down” aftercare service for individuals recently discharged from inpatient care.

Typically, VA outpatient clinics provide specialized outpatient programs to treat specific mental health disorders and/or behavioral health concerns. For instance, the Gene Taylor Clinic may offer specialized program tracks to treat post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, and other identifiable concerns, such as confused thinking or aggression.

Utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI), the clinic facilitates group, individual, and family counseling sessions to address any underlying issues that may contribute to irrational thinking or behavior. The facility may also offer coping skill workshops on a range of issues, such as anger management, repairing relationships, and overcoming grief and loss. In addition, Gene Taylor Clinic provides psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management.

According to its website, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozark provides a specialized, intensive outpatient program (IOP) for individuals struggling with a substance abuse disorder. The IOP to treat substance abuse disorders lasts 28 days and may involve counseling sessions, educational classes, relapse prevention workshops, and an introduction to self-help recovery groups, such as 12-Step. Alumni feedback sourced by also indicated that the clinic may help patients to locate supportive, sober housing during outpatient treatment.


The Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic employs a team of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health and substance abuse counselors, case managers, social workers, and peer specialists.


The one alum polled by at the time of this writing praised all aspects of the facility. Out of five stars, the survey respondent awarded perfect five-star ratings for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, the effectiveness of facility’s groups counseling sessions, the frequency of counseling sessions, and the facility’s ability to resolve conflict. Alum K.B.Y. also praised their supportive housing facility they resided in during treatment. “It was like being back in the service, everyone pulled their weight,” they wrote.

Secondary sources revealed more mixed alumni opinions of the clinic, as a whole. On Google reviews, 17 individuals gave the facility an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars[1]. Positive reviewers tended to praise the facility’s staff. “All the staff were extremely friendly and helped me get around my first visit here,” one representative reviewer wrote. However, some reviewers reported long wait times and criticized patient care.


The Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic accepts private insurance plans, TRICARE, and Medicare.


Reviews about Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks – Gene Taylor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

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  • I lived in a group home with other addicts. We were constantly supervised 24/7. We all had assigned duties that rotated. It was like being back in the service, everyone pulled their weight.