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May 28, 2021

Mental health and violence in Oklahoma: The myths, the needs and recommended strategies

In this new report, we summarize the complex evidence about the relationship between mental illness and violence, and make recommendations for programmatic and policy changes where needed.

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May 28, 2021

Mental health data snapshot: Oklahoma veterans

View our quick-reference snapshot of veteran mental health and suicidality here.

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May 27, 2021

Behavioral Health and Indian Country: Access to Care in Oklahoma

View our quick-reference snapshot of behavioral health in Indian Country here.

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May 21, 2021

Presentation: Oklahoma Mental Health Workforce (Mental Health Talks Series – May 2021)

Key shortages in Oklahoma’s behavioral health workforce represent a crisis Oklahoma cannot afford to ignore. View our data and findings here.

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April 26, 2021

Oklahoma’s Untapped Workforce: The economic case for addressing mental health

Healthy Minds has released a new report on the relationship between mental health and Oklahoma's workforce. 

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April 23, 2021

Oklahoma Behavioral Health Workforce: COVID-19 and the future (Part 4)

Healthy Minds examines the pandemic’s effect on Oklahoma behavioral health providers as well as the changes and innovations they have implemented in response to the…

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March 31, 2021

Mental Health Issues Snapshot: Oklahoma Services & Systems

Healthy Minds has released a brief examination of mental health systems and services in Oklahoma as a follow up to the previous Mental Health Issues…

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March 18, 2021

Connecting mental health and Oklahoma schools

Healthy Minds has released a comprehensive report on how Oklahoma can address children's mental health in school settings.

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February 25, 2021

Oklahoma Behavioral Health Workforce: Medicaid Expansion (Part 3)

Healthy Minds overviews Oklahoma's mental health workforce and what the state should expect during medicaid expansion in the third report of a new policy series.

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February 23, 2021

2021 Legislative Fact Sheet: Telehealth Parity

SB 674 expands telehealth access by ensuring that medically-appropriate telehealth visits are valued the same as similar in-person visits, with no greater patient costs or…

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February 23, 2021

2021 Legislative Fact Sheet: Aligning Mental Health Spending and Strategies

Mental health issues impact a broad range of state services and activities – but these services are often siloed. This bill identifies and breaks down…

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February 23, 2021

2021 Legislative Fact Sheet: School Mental Health Data

HB 1103 expands the use of the Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) to 100% of Oklahoma schools.

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February 23, 2021

2021 Legislative Fact Sheet: Harm Reduction

HB 1005 will reduce unsafe dirty needlesin our communities, protect first responders andconnect more Oklahomans to addiction recovery services amid an addiction crisis caused by…

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January 29, 2021

2021 Oklahoma Legislature: Mental Health opportunities

Get ready for the 2021 Oklahoma Legislative Session as Healthy Minds offers a series of legislative opportunities and tracks bills related to the care and…

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February 3, 2021

Mental Health Issues Snapshot

Healthy Minds has released an overview of systemic issues relating to mental health and substance use disorders in Oklahoma.

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January 27, 2021

Telehealth in 2021: Oklahoma policy recommendations

Telehealth policies for the COVID-19 era and beyond must ensure fair and equal access for rural and urban Oklahomans alike.

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January 25, 2021

Oklahoma Behavioral Health Workforce: Action Areas (Part 2)

Healthy Minds overviews Oklahoma's greatest mental health workforce needs in the second report of a new policy series.

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December 15, 2020

Oklahoma Behavioral Health Workforce: Greatest Needs (Part 1)

Healthy Minds overviews Oklahoma's greatest mental health workforce needs in the first report of a new policy series.

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December 14, 2020

Community Project: Addressing Methamphetamine Addiction in Tulsa

Healthy Minds Policy Initiative has worked with statewide leaders and community experts in Tulsa and to develop a cutting-edge collaboration to address methamphetamine addiction on…

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December 1, 2020

Mental Health Care Must: Be a part of primary care

Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. This issue overview discusses how integrating behavioral health treatment into primary care creates a coordinated one-stop-shop…

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October 5, 2020

The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Child and Youth Mental Health

Children are a vulnerable population during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic downturn: They are directly affected by COVID-19 and the…

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October 1, 2020

House Education Committee Interim Study: COVID-19 and Children’s Mental Health

COVID-19 presents a new host of challenges for children's mental health in Oklahoma, but several policy opportunities offer hope for 2021.

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October 1, 2020

Tulsa City Council Presentation: Crisis System and 10-year Plan Update

HMPI Executive Director Zack Stoycoff and Tulsa Deputy Mayor Amy Brown presented Sept. 23, 2020, to the Tulsa City Council on key community projects impacting…

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August 27, 2020

HMPI’s response to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Request for Public Feedback on Managed Care Organization program implementation

Healthy Minds Policy Initiative offers this response to a Request for Public Feedback (RPF) by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) about a proposal to shift the SoonerCare (Medicaid) program to a…

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July 24, 2020

Mental health care is: Beneficial to the health system’s bottom line

Untreated mental health and substance use disorders ("SUD") cost the health care system.

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July 21, 2020

Mental Health Care Must: Address Racial Disparities in Order to Increase Access to Treatment

People of color experince disparities in care due to access issues and the lacking of quality of care, both in mental health and substance use…

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May 19, 2020

Psychological First Aid – COVID-19

Communities in Oklahoma are already experiencing increases in mental health needs due to COVID-19, with a recent Healthy Minds Policy Initiative (HMPI) report projecting higher…

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May 1, 2020

COVID-19 Behavioral Health Workforce FAQs

The information on this page is designed to (1) bring attention to implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the behavioral health workforce, and (2) summarize…

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April 7, 2020

Mental Health: Solving Stigma

The effects of stigma about mental health conditions are serious. Individuals are less likely to seek and receive treatment and support that otherwisecould allow individuals…

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April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Projections and Effects on Mental Health and Addiction in Oklahoma

This report illustrates a possible scope of the mental health and substance abuse challenges that will arise in Oklahoma from COVID-19 and the subsequent economic…

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March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have assembled a one-stop directory of local, regional, and national information. The links in this page provide guidance…

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February 24, 2020

Mental Health is Public Safety: Why does mental health matter to public safety?

Decades of criminalizing Oklahomans with mental illness and substance use disorderhave put an incredible strain on the public safety system — and it hasn’t made…

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February 17, 2020

Mental Health is Business Health: Why should businesses care about mental health?

Employees make business happen. Their physical and mental skills, abilities and talents move the ball forward, making projects possible and customers satisfied. However, employee productivity…

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February 3, 2020

2020 Legislative Fact Sheet: Data to Inform Prevention Strategies in Schools

HB 2799 expands the use of the Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA), an evidence-based survey on school risk factors that lead to poor education, health…

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February 3, 2020

2020 Legislative Fact Sheet: Mental Health Parity Transparency and Accountability

Ensuring compliance with President Bush’s 2008 parity law – which requires insurers to treat illnesses of the brain the same way they treat illnesses of…

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February 3, 2020

2020 Legislative Fact Sheet: Mental Health Agency Spending and Coordination

Oklahomans and their legislators need a full picture of siloed spending and strategies if we hope for top-tier mental health outcomes. SB 1350 provides this…

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February 3, 2020

2020 Legislative Fact Sheet: Harm Reduction

House Bill 3028 protects medical practitioners, law enforcement, tribes and registered social service entities who administer harm reduction programs for the purposes of reducing the…

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January 27, 2020

2019 data: Oklahoma parity compliance worsening

A study released in November 2019 shows Oklahoma is going the wrong direction in achieving insurance parity for mental health coverage.

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November 19, 2019

Data Research

Use these links to find federal- and state-level data on mental health prevalence, treatment capacity and other related issues.

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November 20, 2019

Report: The Data on Adult and Youth Suicide, Oklahoma & Tulsa

A 2019 summary of available data and trends around depression and suicide for Oklahoma's adults and youth.

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November 19, 2019

National Policy Research

Resources for researching national trends, data, best practices, advocacy and policies being explored federally and in other states.    

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November 19, 2019

Tulsa Mental Health Study and Plan

The Tulsa 10-year Mental Health Plan report is a collection of findings and recommendations for advancing mental health treatment in Tulsa. It was released in…

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