Resources

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 rates of suicide, addiction and childhood trauma across the state in years to come. In an effort to prepare health care and social service workers for the increase in mental health concerns and to highlight the importance of May as Mental Health Month, the City of Tulsa’s Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Tulsa City-County Health Department and HMPI are encouraging the community to take a free online Psychological First Aid training.

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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 emerging information about resources that are available to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral health services. The content will be updated regularly and as needed, should key policy updates emerge. Please check the referenced websites and links for the latest information.

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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 to live healthier, more productive lives.

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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 downturn.

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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 on how to help children and where to seek help online or from mental health and substance abuse providers in the Tulsa area.

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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 us safer. There is a better way.

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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 and attendance suffer with untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. Those costs add up.

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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 and behavioral outcomes.

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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 the body – is essential to addressing Oklahoma’s opioid crisis and rising suicide rates.

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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 through one-time reporting of all spending, funding and strategies associated with mental health in 11 state agencies.

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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 proliferation of dirty needles and connecting Oklahomans to addiction recovery services.

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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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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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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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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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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 March 2018 after two years of work led by the community with a diverse array of input.

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