About The Guidance Center

Who we are

The Guidance Center, also known as, Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center,  is a non-profit community behavioral healthcare provider serving the communities of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Sebastian and Scott counties in western Arkansas. The Guidance Center is governed by Board of Directors who are volunteer representatives from the Guidance Center’s six county service area.

We are also a member of the Mental Health Council of Arkansas (MHCA) which is a non-profit organization representing each of the 12 participating community mental health centers and two specialty centers.   The MHCA is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of all Arkansans and communities throughout the state.  MHCA members provide comprehensive services specially designed to meet the individual behavioral healthcare needs of Arkansas’ citizens.

The Guidance Center opened its doors in April of 1972 with the goal to provide quality behavioral healthcare services for men, women, adolescents and children suffering from mental, emotional and substance use disorders.  To that end, we have continued to offer treatment programs and services for the recovery from all types of mental illnesses.

Our Mission

As your local Community Behavioral Healthcare Center, our unique mission is to provide a comprehensive network of quality behavioral healthcare services that are consumer sensitive, outcome oriented and cost effective. 

To that end we:
  • Offer treatment, prevention and education;

  • Provide services which are affordable, appropriate, timely and accessible;

  • Exercise sound financial and business practices through effective stewardship of available and future resources;

  • Convey trust and instill confidence; and 

  • Treat with dignity and respect the individuals we serve and enhance their quality of life.

We hope you will take the time to view the many programs and services for children/adolescents and adults which we offer at The Guidance Center.  We also invite you to visit our Make Appointment page or to call us at 479.452-6650.

 

 

 

 

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  • Fort Smith

    From Oklahoma:

    Take I-540, Exit 8 for AR-22/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

    From Van Buren:

    Follow I-540 to AR-22 E/Rogers Ave.
    Take Exit 8B
    Continue on AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Drive to S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Van Buren

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 North ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 2A to merge onto US-64 West toward Van Buren
    Turn right onto Oak Ln.
    Turn right to stay on Oak Ln.
    Destination will be on the left

  • Ozark

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 north ramp to I-40
    Merge onto I-540
    Take Exit 1B for I-40 East/I-540 North toward Little Rock
    Merge onto I-40 East
    Take Exit 35 for AR-23 toward Ozark/Huntsville
    Turn right onto AR-23 South

  • Booneville

    From Fort Smith:

    Take Interstate 540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South to Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto West Center St.
    Continue onto AR-10 East to North Welsh Ave.
    Turn right onto North Welsh Ave.
    Destination will be on the left.

  • Paris

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 8B to merge onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Keep left to continue on Rogers Ave.
    Continue onto to Fort Street
    Continue onto AR-22 East/West Central Ave.
    Turn right onto South 4th St.
    Turn left onto East Academy St.
    Turn right onto South 6th St.

  • Waldron

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn right onto Rice Rd.

  • Mena

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
    Continue to follow Dayton Rd.
    Turn left onto US-71 South
    Turn left onto South Cherry St.

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The guidance center Fort smith, ar 3111 South 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903-5017
(479) 452-6650