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Carrie's Corner: Public Service Recognition

By Carrie Slatton-Hodges
Friday, May 07, 2021

Public Service Recognition Week

It is important that we take this week to recognize the contributions of public servants.  I hope, however, that your understanding of the lasting impact of your work is not simply limited to this short timeframe.  Truly, your contributions are something that I marvel at every day. 

Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  I’ve lost count of how many times this agency has taken on the impossible and produced incredible outcomes, far exceeding expectations. You persevere, despite any number of challenges, and endeavor to find success.  You remain focused on the needs of others, and collectively work for their benefit.  As I have the opportunity to interact with our facilities and Central Office staff, I am continually impressed by our dedicated and caring employees. 

Your contributions touch the lives of many and are helping to transform this agency to be the best it can be.  Even the seemingly smallest act can enable the greatest change. 

The committed work that you do every day makes our mission to serve all Oklahomans possible.  I believe ODMHSAS’ greatest strength lies in its workforce.  You should be extremely proud of your contributions.  I know that I am very proud to be part of this team.  Thank you for your service to our state.

Carrie Slatton-Hodges, Commissioner

Carrie Slatton-Hodges is currently serving as the Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Prior to her current role, Carrie served 12 years as the Deputy Commissioner for ODMHSAS, overseeing treatment and recovery services through state operated and contracted treatment providers statewide. Carrie has a strong commitment to mental health and addiction recovery for Oklahomans and believes we all deserve to live a valuable, productive life in the community.

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