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it’s ok to not be ok 


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.


Our Providers

Stephanie Matthews, LCSW
Behavioral Health
Charl Buxton, APRN PMHNP
Behavioral Health
Erin Holleman, APRN PMHNP
Primary Care/Behavioral Health
Tisha Jenkins, LCSW
Behavioral Health
Nicole Meggers, LCSW
Children's Behavioral Health
Trisha Willis, LCSW
Behavioral Health
Tracy Kennedy, LPC, AADC
Behavioral Health
Julie Oglesby, LMFT LPC
Behavioral Health


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.


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.

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 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.

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.

Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, including ARKids First, and all private health insurances. We also have a sliding fee scale for patients without health insurance. Qualified families will be charged according to their total family income and total persons living in the household. Medicaid and ARKids First enrollment assistance is also available.

Our Services

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

individual, group, and family counseling

Healthy Connections offers compassionate care through individual and family counseling. Therapists provide caring and confidential services to help cope with crises and life changes.

psychopharmacologic evaluation & medication management

Medication management for mental health is the prescription, administration, and review of medications and their side effects for treatment.

wellness-oriented self-care

Taking time to attend to your basic physical, mental, and emotional needs. It is the conscious rest which helps you recharge your batteries. It’s your ability to stop, smile inwardly and ask yourself: “How are you doing today?”

coordination with primary care physicians

You do not need to have a Healthy Connections primary care provider in order to take advantage of our Behavioral Health Services. We can work in coordination with your current provider to facilitate treatment.

support groups

Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. If you’re facing a major illness or stressful life change, you don’t have to go it alone. Talking about your experiences with others may help.

crisis intervention

Methods are used to offer immediate, short-therm help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911.

Conditions we treat include

We treat many behavioral/mental health issues including:

Addictive Behavior

Adjustment Disorder

Aggressive Behaviors


Attention Deficit Disorder

Auditory/Visual Hallucinations

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Bipolar Disorder


Eating Disorders

Mood Disorders

Self-Harm Disorders

Suicidal/Homicidal Thoughts


Tic Disorder

Trauma-Related Disorders