Alyssa Ingle

Chief Executive Officer at Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield

Alyssa Ingle
Photo by Katy St. ClairAlyssa Ingle is Chief Executive Officer at Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield. Purchase Photo

A mental health crisis can happen to anyone, but for children, the experience can have dire results, says Alyssa Ingle.

Supporting the mental health of children helps to establish and ensure their future as healthly adults in our community. “As a culture, we’ve lost a sense of self-efficacy for our children, so it’s important for mental health resources for our kids to help them get back to baseline and build resilience,” Ingle says.

Ingle is Chief Executive Officer at Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield, a 24/7 acute behavioral facility for children ages six to 17. Nearly 100 staff members ensure the safety of 32 children on a weekly basis, providing resources for children to help stabilize their mood and equip them with resources for a safe transition back home.

“Before a child leaves us, we have therapy set up in the community within seven days,” Ingle says. “I advocate for those resources and then work to ensure that they’re going to be provided.”

Ingle began her career at Perimeter as a therapist on the floor, but she knew she wanted to help build solutions in addition to providing services. After serving as director of business development, she took on the CEO role with a mission: to equip Perimeter staff with better training to respond to trauma more effectively, while advocating for more mental health resources for children in her community.

“Acute crisis stabilization services are an imperative piece of the continuum of care for those struggling with their mental health,” says Delaney Yocom, who submitted the nomination for Ingle. “The team at Perimeter creates opportunities for connection to tools that can guide their patients toward hope.”

As a leader, Ingle encourages her team to develop innovative programming that helps children have the time, space and support to recover from mental illness. From music therapy to holistic treatments, Ingle works alongside local health care providers to ensure children heal.

“When I do my job well, children receive the treatment to become successful leaders themselves,” she says. “When you see a child who was in our facility out working or they’re enrolled in college, even if they’re just still breathing, it keeps me going and doing this hard work.”

Nailed It, Failed It with Alyssa Ingle

“When I became interim CEO, I was so excited, but I was just going to try it out. I bought wallpaper for my office, and if I made it a year, I was going to put the wallpaper up. Two years later, our facility is thriving, and the wallpaper is up in my office. I couldn’t believe that I would be able to thrive in this position. It wasn’t my trajectory to do this job; I just wanted to be a therapist. But I love working with others to solve big problems and find solutions together.” #NailedIt

“I had two jobs in college, and I got a job at Del Rio, which was my favorite Mexican restaurant in Joplin. I couldn’t remember people’s orders and would always leave margaritas at the bar, and I had to let myself go from that job. I didn’t get fired, but I figured I failed at that job. Knowing my weaknesses is just as important as knowing my strengths, and you keep going and failing forward until you thrive.” #FailedIt

For the Record

Book recommendation
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Fashion designer.

Your hometown

Your coffee order
Sugar-free vanilla latte with almond milk at Echelon Coffee.

Favorite way to unwind in the Ozarks?
Any activity with her daughter, family and friends.

Meaningful mentor
Doneen Kaunley, her mother.

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