Focusing on the big picture to make systemic change.
From policy analysis to community projects, our work is built on a foundation of data and a commitment to collaboration.
Our team includes experts in public policy, prevention strategies, clinical practice, public health, criminal justice, and more.
We cultivate a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Oklahoma to create solutions that move our state forward.
Illuminating the path forward
Research & Data
In 2022, Oklahoma directed more public resources to mental health than ever before. Healthy Minds is at the forefront of this historic transformation of Oklahoma’s behavioral healthcare system. By empowering policymakers and community leaders with data, research, and evidence of what works, we help ensure sound policy that leads to a healthier Oklahoma.
Programs of Assertive Community Treatment: Oklahoma’s unmet needs and opportunities to expand intensive services
Our research finds that Oklahoma’s PACT teams serve less than half the number of people who would benefit from and be eligible for these services.Read More
Knowledge base: Community mental health and the CCBHC model in Oklahoma
As the first state to fully transition to the CCBHC model, Oklahoma has been at the forefront of embracing change to better deliver community mental health care to its residents.Read More
The state of Oklahoma's behavioral health workforce
Policymakers have realistic options for addressing the state's most pressing behavioral health workforce challenges. With roughly $30 million in targeted funding and policy initiatives, Oklahoma can significantly strengthen workforce pipelines to meet the state’s growing need for behavioral health professionals.Read More
Transforming mental health policy in Oklahoma
Policy Guidance & Analysis
Our team provides guidance to policymakers that makes an impact. We make use of our comprehensive knowledge of community needs, the legislative process, and best practices in behavioral health to guide our analysis and make meaningful, fiscally responsible recommendations.
Analysis of existing policy and implementation
Drafting legislation and regulations
Analysis of proposed legislation
2024 Oklahoma legislative session: Mental health policy preview
Lawmakers have a unique opportunity to grow the state’s overstretched mental health workforce this legislative session, ensuring more Oklahomans can access the mental health and substance use treatment they need, when they need it.Read More
Oklahoma’s telehealth landscape: How policy is expanding access to care in Oklahoma
One of Oklahoma’s recent milestones in advancing telemedicine was the state’s 2021 telehealth payment parity law, Senate Bill 674, which required insurance companies to cover telemedicine services at the same rate as in-person visits.Read More
Guidance for Oklahoma communities' use of opioid settlement funds
The Oklahoma Opioid Abatement Board will distribute funding to counties, municipalities, and school districts to address the consequences of the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. This resource aims to help communities plan for the use of opioid settlement funds to effectively prevent and treat local problems created by the crisis.Read More
Putting research into practice
Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across the state are prioritizing mental health and investing significantly in their treatment infrastructure. Healthy Minds supports these efforts with expert counsel, stakeholder coordination, and a long-term vision for improving behavioral health outcomes and increasing access to care.
We provide applied expertise in a wide range of services, from tactical assistance to strategic planning to leadership of community projects.
Our services include:
Needs identification and assessments
Resource development for community mental health initiatives
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Healthy Minds awarded WayFinder grant from United Way of Central Oklahoma
Awarded at the United Way of Central Oklahoma's centennial campaign kickoff, the grant provides startup funding for a multi-year initiative to strategically align Oklahoma City’s behavioral health systems with the growing mental health needs of its residents.Read More
Tulsa is poised to be nation's first 'Zero Overdose' community
Launched by Healthy Minds in March 2023, the Zero Overdose learning community is a collaborative of citywide partners dedicated to eliminating overdose deaths in Tulsa.Read More
Healthy Minds works with organizations, communities, and treatment systems, such as non-profits, state agencies, employers, health care institutions, and community coalitions.
Comprehensive needs and system assessments at the geographic or organizational level, and may also include strategic planning and implementation assistance.
Grant Program Evaluations
Technical assistance, program consultation, data analysis, and assistance with reporting requirements and communication with grant officials.
First-Time Grantee Consultation
Initial consultation and training around compliance with federal grant requirements.
Community Engagement & Problem Solving
Problem definition and analysis, facilitation of community meetings or listening sessions, and action planning, and may include implementation assistance.
Developing collaborative solutions to Oklahoma's challenges
Partnerships & Coalitions
While Oklahoma has tremendous mental health need, collaborative solutions are underway. Healthy Minds coordinates coalitions and partnerships of public- and private-sector stakeholders in communities across the state. We are confident that Oklahoma’s challenges are not insurmountable, and we remain optimistic about the future of our state.