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

Our new data dashboard maps the prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders in Oklahoma.

2021 was a transformational year for mental health policy in Oklahoma. Read our 2021 Impact Report to learn more.

The Oklahoma Legislature convenes with rates of anxiety, addiction, and childhood trauma at near-record levels. Our legislative opportunities for the 2022 session include meaningful policy solutions to improve the mental health of all Oklahomans.

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.

At Healthy Minds, we work to end untreated mental illness and addiction in Oklahoma through policy and practice transformation.

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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.