Behavioral Health Services


Emotional wellness is vitally important to living your best life. Healthy Connections supports this by providing quality mental health services to western Arkansas.

Choosing a Behavioral Health provider is an extremely important decision. Perhaps you or someone you know needs help with a stressful situation related to marriage, a job, a family situation, mental, or physical illness. Whatever your needs, we can help provide the solutions. All information is held in the strictest confidence.

Healthy Connections, Inc., offers Behavioral Health care services at our Mena (Health Park Lane and Acorn School), Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, and Mount Ida clinics. We offer professional mental health evaluations and counseling, as well as medication management services to adults and children.

The Healthy Connections Behavioral Health staff includes Mental Health therapists (LCSWs, LPCs, and LACs), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), as well as a pediatrics physician — all with years of experience and expertise.

In areas where there is limited availability of psychiatrists, the PMHNP extends the availability of cost-effective mental health care, diagnosing and treating common acute psychiatric problems, illnesses, and crises.

We treat many behavioral/mental health issues including:

  • Addictive Behavior
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Aggressive Behaviors
  • Anxiety/Panic/PTSD
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Auditory/Visual Hallucinations
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Suicidal/Homicidal thoughts
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tic Disorder
  • Trauma-Related Disorders

We strive to make a positive impact on the lives of adults, youth and families by providing:

  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling
  • Psychopharmacologic Evaluation & Medication Management
  • Mental Health Education
  • Coordination with Primary Care Physicians
  • Support Groups
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Promotion of Wellness Oriented Self-Care



Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private health insurance. There is also a sliding-fee scale, for the uninsured or under insured, based on income.





Behavioral Health Providers

Charl Buxton
PMHNP - Behavioral Health
Tisha Jenkins
LCSW - Behavioral Health
Stephanie Matthews
LCSW - Behavioral Health
Trisha Willis
LCSW - Behavioral Health
Julie Oglesby
LMFT LPC - Behavioral Health
Tracy Kennedy
LAC - Behavioral Health

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

In areas where there is limited availability of psychiatrists, the PMHNP extends the availability of cost-effective mental health care. PMHNPs diagnose and treat common acute psychiatric problems, illness, and crisis. The PMHNP assesses the mental health needs of individuals, families, and groups. They formulate healthcare plans, implement treatment, and evaluate the effectiveness of short- and long-term progress. In further detail, PMHNP’s also:

  • Offer outpatient care to address sudden changes in a patient’s mental status or chronic mental conditions
  • Perform various patient assessments
  • Develop holistic, cross-disciplinary treatment plans
  • Prescribe medications in compliance with state scope of practice laws
  • Collaborate with doctors and make appropriate patient referrals
  • Analyze the effectiveness of treatments
  • Education patients, families and others on challenges in mental health

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

LCSWs diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. They plan treatment, participate in crisis intervention and perform more detailed formal assessments. LCSWs act as advocates and help clients gain access to resources while confronting their personal issues, such as mental illness, addiction, and abuse.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Professional Counselors provide mental health and substance abuse care. They are trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral and emotional problems, and disorders.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

LMFTs are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems.