A Call For Help | Mental Health Matters


Psychology / Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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.

 


 

Helpful Links:

Save our Services Event: Rally at the Capitol

Contact your legislators

Oklahoma Department Of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Commissioner, Terri White: Press Conference 

Oklahoma Health Care Authority: Statement on Budget Contingency Plan

9 Replies to “A Call For Help | Mental Health Matters”

  1. Hey, my guy wears camo too 😉 I loved this post and love your view and resounding knowledge behind mental health! I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Great Advocacy work. I am not in Oklahoma but I’ll keep your state in my prayer. Mental health treatment is SO important.

  3. This couldn’t be any truer. It is horrible that people have to suffer in silence and are unable to get help because of $. I can’t believe in this day and age we are still not putting enough resources into helping.

  4. I am in complete agreement with previous comment, it IS cruel. So many people are going to suffer and it breaks my heart to read this.

  5. I agree, Mental health services are essential! I know people who need and want help but can’t get it because of funding. It isn’t fair and just seems downright cruel.

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