Burrell Behavioral Health and Stephens College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow Burrell psychologists to provide on-campus counseling services to Stephens students, which Stephens will provide free of charge as an investment by the school in their students’ mental health. 

This partnership is the latest in Burrell’s continued efforts to advance behavioral health on university campuses, and its first such partnership in central Missouri. Paula Caldwell, a Burrell Licensed Professional Counselor, oversees master’s-level practicum students with plans to add more in the future. This agreement — which started in October with 16-hour-a-week coverage — has already been increased due to student demand. The Burrell Crisis Help Line (1-800-395-2132) is available to all students as well as the wider community for after-hours needs.

The MOU also allows Burrell to provide practical training for future behavioral health professionals by supervising students enrolled in Stephens College’s Master of Education in Counseling program, who will assist in the work of the on-campus counseling center. 

“This agreement is just the next step in Burrell’s commitment not only to the mental health of college students, who are a drastically underserved and increasingly challenged population, but also in Burrell’s efforts to train and retain the best counselors and therapists in the industry,” said Burrell Central Region President Mathew Gass. “Our partnership with Stephens College will pay dividends for not only the students of central Missouri, but our behavioral health workforce as well.”

“At Stephens, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of health, wellness and support services to our students,” said Stephens Vice President for Student Development Laura Nunnelly. “Mental health issues are a growing concern on college campuses nationwide. Having Burrell on our campus providing services to our students, conveniently and consistently, extends our ability to respond to that need, and is part of our comprehensive commitment to the whole student.”

“This is also a win for our community because it is allowing our master’s-level counseling students to gain valuable practicum experience, under the guidance of Burrell professionals, which they can then take out into the workforce,” said Stephens Vice President for Academic Affairs Leslie Willey. “We know we need more counseling professionals working in mid-Missouri and this is one more step in that direction. We are excited to be working with the team at Burrell on this.”

Stephens College and Burrell Behavioral Health announced the signing of a previous Memorandum of Understanding in June 2019. Other programs in development include: creating pathways to enable Burrell employees to pursue their Master of Education in Counseling or additional certifications more quickly, building off of Stephens’ long-term success in this co-educational graduate program; and Burrell directly and actively recruiting Stephens undergraduate students, particularly those in psychology and related programs. 


About Burrell Behavioral Health

Burrell Behavioral Health is the second largest behavioral health center in Missouri, working with more than 45,000 clients across 25 counties in Missouri and Arkansas. Burrell has more than 130 licensed providers offering a full continuum of care through our integrated network. Services include individual therapy and counseling, addiction recovery, psychiatric and medication management, educational and therapeutic groups, crisis intervention, medication-assisted treatment, adult stabilization, case management, residential treatment, autism, diagnostic testing and evaluations and developmental disability support. Learn more about Burrell’s programs and services at www.burrellcenter.com.


About Stephens College

Stephens College is celebrating 186 years of providing individualized and innovative educational opportunities serving students from mid-Missouri and around the world. Driven by a mission to Learn. Grow. Lead., the College has built a foundation for the 21st century by committing to hands-on experiential learning, the expansion of degree programs in the health sciences and creative arts, as well as targeted investment in programs of study where top-quality educational experiences lead to meaningful professional careers. Committed to a women’s college education at the undergraduate level, Stephens College is also known as a leader in providing flexible co-educational continuing education and master’s-level degree programs. Learn more about Stephens College at www.stephens.edu.


For media inquiries

Contact: Matt Lemmon, System Director of Communications, Burrell Behavioral Health, 417-415-1386, matthew.lemmon@burrellcenter.com; Rebecca Kline, Director of Marketing and Communications, Stephens College, 573-876-7111, ext. 411, rkline@stephens.edu or scnews@stephens.edu

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