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Commissioner Slatton-Hodges Announces Departure from ODMHSAS, Takes National Role

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

After a distinguished tenure, Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges has announced her departure from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).

Throughout her tenure, Commissioner Slatton-Hodges has been a staunch advocate for mental health and substance abuse services, tirelessly working to enhance access to quality care and challenge stigmas associated with mental health and addiction. 

In her own words, Commissioner Slatton-Hodges stated, "It has been an absolute honor to serve the people of Oklahoma in this capacity. I am proud of the work we have accomplished, and I leave knowing that the department will continue to provide critical services to those in need. Although I am departing from ODMHSAS, my commitment to mental health advocacy remains steadfast." 

Governor Kevin Stitt expressed his gratitude for Commissioner Slatton-Hodges' service, stating, "Commissioner Slatton-Hodges has been instrumental in the advancement of mental health and substance abuse services in Oklahoma. Her leadership, dedication, and compassion have truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of Oklahomans. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors." 

We are pleased to announce that Commissioner Slatton-Hodges has accepted a position with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). This move marks a significant step in her career progression, where she will continue her advocacy on a national scale, shaping policy and promoting best practices in state mental health systems across the country. NASMHPD is the only organization of its kind, representing the $41 billion public mental health service delivery system serving 7.5 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. 

We thank Commissioner Slatton-Hodges for her dedicated service to the people of Oklahoma and look forward to her continued contributions to the field of mental health and substance abuse services at NASMHPD. 

ODMHSAS Communications

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