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OU Researchers to Lead Public-Private Partnership Aiding Oklahoma Mothers Struggling With Substance Use Disorders

State Program to Help Pregnant Mothers Struggling With Addiction, Substance Use DisordersResearchers at the University of Oklahoma are leading an effort to strengthen families in Oklahoma by implementing the Parent-Child Assistance Program, an award-winning,...
CCBHC Progress In Oklahoma Is Impressive; More Support Needed

CCBHC Progress In Oklahoma Is Impressive; More Support Needed

Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner Pens Commentary on Certified Community Behavioral Health CentersSomething special is happening in Oklahoma regarding the delivery of mental health and substance use treatment. Since 2017, we have been a national leader among states...

America’s Youth Mental Health Crisis Continues

America’s Youth Mental Health Crisis Continues

Young people across the country are facing a mental health emergency.Tragically, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 10-24. And a recent survey by The Trevor Project of LGBTQ youth found that 42% seriously considered attempting suicide in the...

Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 Annually

Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. Top 100,000 Annually

Drug overdose surges amid COVID lockdowns; more deaths in one year than ever beforeAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses during the 12 months following the COVID-19 lockdowns, the most...

Pediatricians Declare National Mental Health Emergency for Kids, Teens

Pediatricians Declare National Mental Health Emergency for Kids, Teens

AAP-AACAP-CHA Declaration of a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health  The AAP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, citing the...

Tulsa’s Gathering Place To Host Mental Health Awareness Event

Tulsa’s Gathering Place To Host Mental Health Awareness Event

Family Wellness Day: Mental HealthTulsa's Gathering Place and OU Physicians have partnered with nearly a dozen mental wellness partner to offer a free event focused on mental health awareness. Family Wellness Day: Mental Health is scheduled for Saturday, November 13,...

Register for Governor’s Symposium for Veterans Services

Register for Governor’s Symposium for Veterans Services

Courage 2 Connect: Suicide Prevention Among Topics Featured at Governor's Symposium for Veterans Services  Courage2Connect is the theme of the 2021 Governor’s Symposium for Veterans Services, which will be held in Norman, Oklahoma, November 15-16. Suicide prevention...

Humphrey Hopes to Change Corrections System and Update SQ780

Humphrey Hopes to Change Corrections System and Update SQ780

​Humphrey Hopes to Change Corrections System and Update SQ780"Addiction is a disease," he said. "It's a health issue. That's the paradigm shift. Up until 2016, we put people in prison and we punished people who battle addiction and untreated mental illness." With...

Advocate for Mental Health: Register For Hill At Home Day

Advocate for Mental Health: Register For Hill At Home Day

Hill Day at Home: A Virtual Advocacy Event for Mental Health AdvocatesDon't miss your chance to make a mark this year – register now for Hill Day at Home on Tuesday, October 19, to raise your voice, elevate concerns and connect with influencers on Capitol Hill.More...

Family & Children’s Services Celebrates 100 Years

Family & Children’s Services Celebrates 100 Years

Fabulous Interactive Timeline Chronicles 100 Years of Hope and HealingToday, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Tulsa's Family & Children's Services, which is led by longtime CEO, Gail Lapidus. Gail is a founding board member of the Alliance and serves as our...

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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