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Interim Study: Building a Comprehensive Continuum of Care Model for Mental Health Crises in Oklahoma

Mental Health Crises in OklahomaThis interim study will feature testimony by Mental Health Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges and Zack Stoycoff, Executive Director, Healthy Minds Policy Initiative. The Oklahoma House of Representatives Public Health Committee will...
A Better Way to Offer Lunch, Wages to OKC Panhandlers

A Better Way to Offer Lunch, Wages to OKC Panhandlers

A Better Way program launches in Oklahoma City, offering beautification work to people who panhandleA Better Way is launching in Oklahoma City on Sept. 13 – a local version of a groundbreaking employment program in Tulsa and other communities offering beautification...

Interim Study: A Review of Youth Suicide in Oklahoma (September 14)

Interim Study: A Review of Youth Suicide in Oklahoma (September 14)

Interim Study on Youth Suicide Meets September 14Mark your calendars for one of the most important interim studies this year, “A review of youth suicide in Oklahoma and current preventative efforts", requested by Senator Kay Floyd and Senator Julia Kirt. Both are...

Oklahoma INTEGRIS Giving Away Kits To Help Reverse Opioid Overdoses

Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS Center for Addiction Recovery Holds Naloxone Kit Giveaway on International Overdose Awareness DayToday (August 31, 2021) is International Overdose Awareness Day. To raise awareness and advocate for saving Oklahoma lives, the caregivers at...

OETA, Well Beings To Host Virtual Event On Youth Mental Health

OETA and Well Beings to Host Virtual Event covering Youth Mental HealthOETA and Well Beings, the public media campaign to address critical health needs in America, announced that they are hosting a free virtual event and discussion on youth mental health. The event,...

New Study from OU Researchers on Phubbing and Mental Health

New Study from OU Researchers on Phubbing and Mental Health

A new study by OU researchers looks at the connection between phubbing around friends and mental health.Phubbing is the act of snubbing someone during face-to-face interactions by using smartphones instead of paying attention to them. Although studies have examined...

How States Increase Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care

The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Model Expands Across the Country Carrie Slatton-Hodges, Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will be featured in this webinar highlighting the impact and success of...

13 Things Not To Say To Someone Experiencing Mental Health Problems

The Alliance of Mental Health Providers of Oklahoma has created this FREE 11 x 17 printable featuring "13 Things Not To Say Someone Experiencing Mental Health Problems." Print it out and hang it on the fridge at work or home. Do your part to reduce stigma surrounding...

Oklahomans are in desperate need of mental health care.

Oklahoma ranks third in the nation for rates of mental illness and second in the nation for substance abuse disorders. Nearly 1 million adult Oklahomans need services; most are not receiving the care they need to fully recover from their illnesses.

High Rates of Mental Illness

Oklahoma has some of the highest rates for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders. According to a report from Mental Health America, Oklahoma ranks fifth in the nation for rates of “Any Mental Illness”. 

$113 Billion

Untreated mental illness costs the nation $113 billion annually. It ends up adding to inefficient, costly care of physical ailments. It hurts the nation’s economy through lost productivity. The benefits of treatment exceed the relatively small cost of parity-less than 1 percent of current premiums. (Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness)

High Rate of Poverty

Approximately 15 percent of Oklahoma’s are living below the federal poverty line, which is $26,200 for a family of four. The national average is 12.3 percent. (Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute)

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