President, Founding Member

Verna Foust, MS, LPC, LBP

Verna Foust, MS, LPC, LBP

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vice-Pres., Founding Member

Gail Lapidus, CSW, LCSW, LMFT

Gail Lapidus, CSW, LCSW, LMFT

Secretary, Founding Member

Joy Sloan, LCSW

Joy Sloan, LCSW

Treasurer, Founding Member

Jeanette Moore, LCSW

Jeanette Moore, LCSW

"If Serving is Beneath You, Leadership is Beyond You." --Anonymous

Founding Board Member

Brent Black

Founding Board Member

Bryan Blankenship, Ph.D.

“…for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” --Amanda Gorman

Board Member

Josh Cantwell, LCSW, CPRSS

About Oklahoma’s Safety-Net Providers

Oklahoma’s safety net providers organize and deliver advanced mental health care and substance abuse treatment services to Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens including those who live at or below the poverty level. They serve in 57 of the state’s 77 counties. They are depicted below in sky blue. The counties in navy blue are covered by state-run facilities.

5,000 Employees

They employ more than 5,000 Oklahomans, many of whom are highly skilled with extensive training and/or advanced degrees. They include clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychiatric registered nurses, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, and more. 

$200 Million Payroll

They provide great jobs for servant-minded Oklahomans who are called to work in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment. The annual combined payroll of our provider-members is about $200 million. 

Admired Nationwide

Oklahoma’s safety-net providers operate within a very sophisticated system that is often admired by other states. Our CEOs and Executive Directors, with nearly 500 years of experience in mental health, collectively, helped build this envied system with the help of many state partners including legislators. 

Oklahoma ranks 45 out of 50 states for high prevalence of mental illness and low rates of access to care.

Mental Health America, 2020 Report

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