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New Veterans Clinic to Open in Oklahoma City: The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock

Monday, October 23, 2023

Red Rock, a leading organization dedicated to mental health and substance abuse services, is thrilled to announce the opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock in Oklahoma City. The clinic will serve veterans and their families, providing confidential, high-quality behavioral health care services and local resource connections.

Veterans and their families often face unique challenges that demand specialized care and support. With this clinic, Red Rock has prioritized veteran’s health and healing. The project was also made possible through a long-standing partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, which recognizes the urgent requirement for better mental health services for veterans and their loved ones.

Media is invited to attend:

Who: Steven A. Cohen Miltary representative, Red Rock CEO Verna Foust & ODMHSAS Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges.

What: Ribbon-cutting at Steven A. Cohen Miltary Facility at Red Rock

When: 10 A.M. Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Where: 1500 S.W. 104th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Why: Celebrate new veteran mental health services in Oklahoma City

“We are excited to open this location to further meet the needs of veterans, service members and military families in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Anthony Hassan, President and CEO of Cohen Veterans Network. “We appreciate having Governor Stitt, Senator Rosino, and other prominent leaders attend to help us mark this occasion.”

"The opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic marks a significant milestone in our mission to provide comprehensive mental health care to all Oklahomans,” said Chief Executive Officer of Red Rock Verna Foust. “Our dedicated clinicians will work tirelessly to support veterans, military families, and service members, offering evidence-based practices tailored to individual needs."

"This clinic stands as a testament to the power of collaboration,” said the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges. “By working together with Red Rock, we are taking a proactive approach to tackle the mental health challenges faced by our veterans. Their sacrifices deserve our unwavering commitment."

The alarming rates of veteran suicide in Oklahoma have highlighted the critical need for accessible mental health services. On average, 137 veterans lost their lives to suicide each year from 2015 to 2019, totaling a devastating 683 veteran suicides.

Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma, a Navy veteran with 25 years of service and retired at the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, shared his perspective, "As a former servicemember, I understand the toll that military service can take on mental health. The opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock is a crucial step toward addressing the mental health needs of our veterans and their families. This clinic will serve as a lifeline for those who have sacrificed so much for our country."

The clinic's comprehensive services encompass a wide range of behavioral health challenges, including depression, stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. Using evidence-based practices, such as cognitive processing therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), the clinic offers tailored treatments to support the diverse needs of its clients.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Red Rock also aims to enhance the quality of life for its consumers through local resource connections. These connections span caregiver support, education, employment, housing, legal assistance, military transitions, peer support, and many other vital areas.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the state legislators who championed this project, understanding the urgent need to uplift our veterans and their families," said CEO Verna Foust.

About Red Rock: Red Rock Behavioral Health Services originated from humble beginnings with a budget of $50,000. Today, it stands as one of Oklahoma's largest Community Mental Health Centers and a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, operating with a budget exceeding $75 million. For more information, please contact: CVN@red-rock.com

Bonnie Campo

Sr. Director of Public Relations

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