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Data. Teamwork. Action. An Oklahoma approach to mental health policy.

Multi-tiered systems of support in schools align student need with available community resources to meet students where they are.

A multi-part policy series explores needs and solutions for Oklahoma’s behavioral health workforce in the COVID-19 and Medicaid expansion eras.

Methamphetamine has surpassed opioids as Oklahoma’s deadliest substance. A new community collaboration is designed to be evaluated and replicated far and wide.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have assembled a one-stop directory of local, regional, and national information. The links in this page provide guidance on how to help children and where to seek help online or from mental health and substance abuse providers.

Untreated mental illness costs employers and the economy dearly. Find out what businesses can do about it.

Partners in collaboration and policy. Read more about Oklahoma’s new mental health policy think tank.

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Strengths and gaps of children’s crisis care in Oklahoma

Amid rising need, a new report examines opportunities and gaps in the treatment system for children's mental health crises.

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The life expectancy gap between Oklahomans in publicly funded mental health treatment and other Oklahomans.

The average life expectancy at birth in Oklahoma is 75.9 years, but clients of the state’s public mental health service system can expect to live an average of only 52.6 years.

Source: ODMHSAS “State Vital Statistics” and clients between 2004 and 2013


The number of Oklahoma adults experiencing mental illness.

That’s 1 in 5 Oklahoma adults, according to a 2020 prevalence estimate for Oklahomans with any mental illness.

SOURCE: Mental Health America, 2019


Annual lost earnings nationally by employers due to untreated mental illness.

Untreated mental illness can lead to loss of productivity, difficulty concentrating and changes in employee morale.

FIND OUT MORE: Mental Health is Business Health


The rate Oklahomans on private insurance must go out of network to receive inpatient mental health care compared to other inpatient medical care.

Out-of-network care is more expensive, and can be a barrier to treatment. This disparity shows a lack of true parity between mental health care and other care.

SOURCE: Milliman Research Report, 2019


Oklahoma has more adverse childhood experiences per person than any other state.

One in three Oklahoma children experiences two or more adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, before the age of 17.

Source: United Health Foundation, 2016


Number of teen suicide deaths in Oklahoma, 2011-17.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2017 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2018.