Healthy Minds Policy Initiative is a nonpartisan, dedicated team of policy and mental health experts who collaborate with state and local leaders to develop and advance innovative,data-informed policies and capacity-building approaches in the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders for Oklahomans.
An estimated 578,000 Oklahoma adults — 1 in 5 of us — experience mental illness, and 225,000 have a substance use disorder. In addition, 44,000 Oklahoma children have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year.
Too many Oklahomans go without treatment, and the consequences are felt in our families, businesses, schools and the criminal justice system.
What We Believe
Mental and physical health care are inseparable, and deserving of the same urgency and dignity in practice, funding and policy.
Prevention and early intervention investments are crucial. Oklahomans deserve access to high-quality, accessible mental health treatment and support well before a life-altering crisis.
Mental health resources should be used efficiently, effectively and with accountability for outcomes and costs.
The solutions to our public mental health challenges will come from trust and cooperation, informed by data and research-backed evidence.
The future is bright. Our public mental health crisis is not insurmountable.