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Workforce

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.

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Parity

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.

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Substance Use

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.

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Parity

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.

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Youth & Schools
Public Funding and Medicaid

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.

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Parity
Integrated Care
Workforce

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.

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Public Funding and Medicaid

The impact of managed care on Programs of Assertive Community Treatment

Taking lessons from other states, Oklahoma providers and regulators can ensure continued positive outcomes from intensive mental health services like PACT during the state's transition to Medicaid managed care.

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Parity
Workforce
Integrated Care

2023 Oklahoma legislative session: Mental health opportunities

Our focus in 2023: improving access to care and growing Oklahoma's behavioral health workforce.

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Youth & Schools

Mental health highlights of the 2022 legislative session

For the second regular session of the 58th Oklahoma Legislature, mental health remained a unifying, bipartisan issue.

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Youth & Schools

HB 4106 signed into law

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt signed into law Healthy Minds’ top policy priority for the 2022 legislative session.

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