ODMHSAS Cares Project Successes - The ODMHSAS worked on five projects funded with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities (CARES) Act funds, totaling $10.3 million. The funds were provided to states to support public services impacted or adjusting to the presence of COVID-19. Four of the five projects are on-going such as trainings for law enforcement officers, educators, and hospital administrators. In addition, consumers benefit from ongoing services through mobile devices. While the projects are complete from a funding standpoint, sustainability plans were incorporated for on-going trainings and access to behavioral health services to reach and serve as many people as possible throughout Oklahoma.
- 881 eLearning courses completed by law enforcement officers
- 5,957 mobile devices purchased for consumers to access services remotely
- Trained more than 2,109 front line personnel, to include first responders, schools, employers, health/behavioral health providers, and parents/caregivers
- 1,234 healthcare professionals and school-based staff trained in best practices
Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges presented FY22 to both House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittes.
IMD Waiver - More Oklahomans will now be able to receive addiction and mental health services, thanks to a recent federal waiver bringing more parity to the treatment of behavioral health illnesses. Oklahoma is one of only seven states to receive an Institution for Mental Diseases (IMD) waiver for both serious mental illness and addiction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).