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2013 Press Releases and Other News

December 19, 2013


Prescription drug abuse has become one of the most serious public health and safety threats facing our state today. To deal with this issue, a task force appointed at the direction of Gov. Mary Fallin released today Oklahoma’s plan to reduce prescription drug abuse. The panel was made up of state agencies representing treatment and prevention, the health and medical community, law enforcement, education and other entities. Read more..

State Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse  |  Oklahoma Prescription Drug Facts

December 10, 2013

OKC Drop-in Center

We hope to provide an environment that promotes social support, advocacy, information, and community resources.  We offer a safe & welcoming place for individuals battling mental illness, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to engage in social, recreational, and educational activity.  Groups offered: poetry, creative writing, ice breakers, book club, arts and crafts, anger management, alcoholics anonymous, depression bipolar support alliance, utilization of the OKC bus system. Read more..

November 14, 2013


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 15th Annual Survivors of Suicide Day.  Hosted by the Edmond Suicide Prevention Task Force.  Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Doors open at 11:00am.  University of Central Oklahoma, Pegasus Theater, Liberal Arts Building, Edmond, OK. Read more..

October 11, 2013

2Much2Lose: Casinos Don’t Gamble With Underage Alcohol Sales

ROCMND’s “2Much2Lose” team recently trained more than 400 Hard Rock Casino employees on the importance of Responsible Beverage Services and Sales (RBSS). Stacy Potter, ROCMND’s prevention program director, and Erik Smoot with the Alcoholic Beverage Sales Enforcement (ABLE) Commission held a successful RBSS training at the Tulsa casino and will be going back in six months to train new employees. Read more..

October 1, 2013


The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has appointed long-time employee Teresa Capps to lead the agency’s Children’s Recovery Center in Norman. Capps has been serving as interim director for several months. Carrie Slatton-Hodges, ODMHSAS Deputy Commissioner for Recovery and Treatment Services, said Capps brings compassion, a wealth of knowledge and years of service to her new position. Read more..

September 13, 2013


Relocation Designed to Ease Law Enforcement Transport Issues, Help People in Crisis. The Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center, which has operated at 1200 N.E. 13th St. for several years, will begin providing services at a new location effective Wednesday, Sept. 18.  The new site is at 2625 General Pershing Blvd. (Map link to address:  Read more..

September 13, 2013

ODMHSAS Employees Named Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows

Two employees at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have been selected as Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) Fellows.  Teresa Croom, state project director for Oklahoma Systems of Care, and Lorrie Byrum, senior data analyst, were selected based on a project called “The Oklahoma Bridge to Independence Network,” which is a joint project with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and the Office of Juvenile Affairs, designed to reduce the number of foster children who enter the juvenile and adult justice systems.  Read more..

August 12, 2013

Restoring the Soul from War: A Call to America's Faith Communities

September 5, 2013, Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK.  This one-day workshop will equip and empower teams of lay leaders and clergy from area faith communities to draw from the unique resources of their respective traditions in order to effectively increase the capacity of their religious community to tend to the moral injuries and soul wounds that result from war. Read more..

June 12, 2013

Shawnee Youth Coalition Partnering With “Make a Stand!” Lemon-aid to Help Area Kids Recover From Devastation

(Shawnee, OK) The Shawnee Youth Coalition and “Make a Stand! Lemon-aid are teaming-up to offer area children, their friends and families a break from the devastation caused by recent storms. The two groups are offering Relief in the Park, a day of fun, at Shawnee’s Woodland Park, from noon to 3:00 p.m. on June 14th. There will be inflatables, fun games, booths and activities for children including free lunch.  Read more..  Flyer

May 15, 2013

Nominations now open for the 2013 ‘Champions of Health’ awards

(TULSA, Okla.) – Individuals, groups and organizations that are changing the health of Oklahomans through innovative programming are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Champions of Health awards. The awards program, which began ten years ago, has honored more than 100 projects and programs that are working to reverse the negative health statistics in the state. Read more..

May 9, 2013

The Big Three – Youth Suicide, Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse Considered Major Issues in Oklahoma: National Prevention Week 2013

During National Prevention Week, May 13-17, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is asking parents, communities, churches, schools and other youth-related organizations to take an active interest in the welfare of our state’s young people – especially when it involves activities that could be risky, harmful or even deadly.  Read more..

July 25, 2013

Finding Meaning: The Art of Recovery

ODMHSAS, Thunderbird Clubhouse and Other Local Advocates Partner to Offer September Art Showing.  The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, along with Thunderbird Clubhouse and other community advocates, is sponsoring an art show to celebrate recovery. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at Joy’s Palace, located at 300 E. Main Street in Norman. The event is free to the public.  Read more..

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