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Student Mental Health Bill, SB 626, Signed Into Law

Measure Requires Mental Health Facilities Share Info With ParentsSchools will be better able to address the mental health needs of their students beginning this coming academic year following the signing of Senate Bill 626.Student mental health bill signed into...
Student Mental Health Bill, SB 626, Signed Into Law

Student Mental Health Bill, SB 626, Signed Into Law

Measure Requires Mental Health Facilities Share Info With ParentsSchools will be better able to address the mental health needs of their students beginning this coming academic year following the signing of Senate Bill 626.Student mental health bill signed into...

Oklahoma Governor Proclaims May Mental Health Month

Executive Department Proclamation for Mental Health MonthThe WhereasesWhereas, mental health is part of overall health and sustains and individual's thought processes, relationships, productivity and ability to adapt to change; and  Whereas, one in five Americans is...

Calling All Mental Health Advocates: Register for Hill Day

Calling All Mental Health Advocates: Register for Hill Day

What Is Hill Day?Hill Day at Home is your opportunity to urge lawmakers to support mental health and substance use treatment initiatives – from your computer, without ever leaving the comfort of your home or office.The Virtual Policy Institute Returns for 2022 In...

Deadly Fake Pills: Today Is National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Deadly Fake Pills: Today Is National Fentanyl Awareness Day

May 10 is National Fentanyl Awareness Day Overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, largely due to the influx of fentanyl – a synthetic opioid – being mixed into illicit and counterfeit drugs. In response, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has declared...

988 Mental Health Hotline Coming in July

988 Mental Health Hotline Coming in July

988 will be Oklahoma's new Mental Health LifelineThe Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) will launch a new 988 Mental Health Lifeline in July. It has selected Solari Crisis & Human Services to operate the statewide call...

Coleman’s suicide prevention legislation signed into law

Coleman’s suicide prevention legislation signed into law

Oklahoma Students Will Have Access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline At Their FingertipsStarting with the 2023 school year, Oklahoma students will have access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline literally at their fingertips thanks to legislation...

Senate Resolution: ACEs and PACEs Awareness Day in Oklahoma.

Senate Resolution: ACEs and PACEs Awareness Day in Oklahoma.

Concurrent Resolution designating April 7 ACEs and PACEs Awareness Day in OklahomaA Concurrent Resolution designating April 7, 2022, as ACEs and PACEs Awareness Day in Oklahoma, in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month, to highlight the impact of trauma and...

DOJ: Discrimination based on opioid treatment violates law

DOJ: Discrimination based on opioid treatment violates law

New Guidelines: Barring inmates from taking prescribed meds to block opioid addiction would run afoul... A deepening opioid epidemic is prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to warn about discrimination against those who are prescribed medication to treat their...

Smith Hosts Veterans PTSD Awareness Campout

Smith Hosts Veterans PTSD Awareness Campout

Veterans PTSD Awareness CampoutRep. David Smith, R-Arpelar, is sponsoring the First Annual Veterans PTSD Awareness Campout April 1-3 at Scipio Campground in Scipio, OK. The event is endorsed by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA).Oklahoma's First Annual...

Addressing Addiction and the Overdose Epidemic

Addressing Addiction and the Overdose Epidemic

Drug Overdose Deaths Have Reached Historic HighDrug overdose deaths have reached a historic high, devastating families and communities. More than 104,000 Americans died due to a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in September 2021. We grieve these losses, and...

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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