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.
Knowledge base: Behavioral health workforce licensure in Oklahoma
Understanding the licensure process for behavioral health professionals is an important starting point for policy solutions that increase access to care for Oklahomans with mental health and substance use treatment needs.Read More
Accessing behavioral health providers through private insurance in Oklahoma
We found that health insurance networks offer poor access to the state’s behavioral health care providers — a barrier to care for more than 2 million Oklahomans with these plans.Read More
Surveying Oklahoma’s behavioral health workforce
To better understand the accessibility of Oklahoma's workforce, Healthy Minds conducted a survey of Oklahoma's licensed behavioral health care providers.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
Proposed federal parity rules would strengthen access to care for Oklahomans
New proposed federal rules would strengthen enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which would mean better access to care in Oklahoma and beyond.Read More
The case for expanding access to Medicaid school-based services in Oklahoma
With rising rates of mental distress among children and youth, schools play an increasingly pivotal role in addressing students’ mental health needs. However, only 15% of the state's 509 school districts are billing Medicaid for school-based services, despite available funding.Read More
Mental health highlights of the 2023 legislative session
All four of Healthy Minds' priority bills were approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor. This transformative package of legislation will greatly increase access to care and address critical shortages of behavioral health professionals.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
Read more about our work:
Local and state funding pledged for Tulsa’s first 24/7 urgent recovery center for children
Tulsa's first 24/7 urgent recovery center for children and youth experiencing a mental health crisis is one step closer to completion after receiving a $1…Read More
Tulsa Methamphetamine Treatment Continuum announced
The new treatment model addresses Tulsa’s methamphetamine addiction crisis on a bigger scale than ever before.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.