I’m Asking for Help
Mental health professionals, mental health service recipients, friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and coaches – this is a call for help.
Last week Oklahoma legislators could not come to an agreement on how to resolve the $215 Million state deficit. Due to that the Department Of Mental Health announced that they will be taking a $75 Million cut in funding.
Today, in a press conference the departments commissioner announced that if this cannot be resolved then all outpatient and residential treatment services statewide will be eliminated. The termination of these services will begin in just a few short weeks on November 1, 2017. If you have ever had any type of mental health treatment or substance abuse service, or if you know someone who has then you should have an idea on how serious of an issue this is.
In an effort to continue to advocate for the most vulnerable individuals that reside in Oklahoma a rally at the state capital is being organized. I have provided the link and information below. This is my call for help – I’m asking that all of my Oklahoma friends, family, and followers please share this information on any and every platform you utilize. If you know someone in Oklahoma, or even know someone who knows someone, please share this with them.
Mental health services are not optional, they are essential.
Save our Services Event: Rally at the Capitol
Oklahoma Department Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Commissioner, Terri White: Press Conference
Oklahoma Health Care Authority: Statement on Budget Contingency Plan