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2016 Press Releases and Other News

October 6, 2016

Ministry During a Mental Health Crisis

A two-day seminar for faith community leaders, staff, chaplains, and lay leaders. October 25-26, 2016, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street, Oklahoma City, 73102. Day one will be Mental Health First Aid and the second day will be Local Resources for Help and Healing. For the event schedule and to register go to: and click on "Events and Trainings" at the top of the page. For more information, contact: Karen LaPlante (918) 382-2411. Read more

October 3, 2016

Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling (OAPCG)

30-Hour Basic Training for Problem Gambling Certification |  Heartline 3810 NW 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK  73116

Friday, October 14, 2016: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Monday, October 17, 2016: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday, November 11, 2016: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Monday, November 14, 2016: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Registration for all four days of training: $160.00. Read more

September 26, 2016

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presents Shine a Light on Mental Illness

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, a special performance by Kyle Dillingham will take place October 4, 2016 at the Edmond Festival Market Place in Edmond OK, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. For more information contact (405) 408-0886. Admission is FREE! Read more

September 19, 2016

Registration for the 2016 Prevention and Recovery Conference is now OPEN

The 2016 Prevention and Recovery Conference will help you find the bright spots! Visit the Prevention and Recovery Conference Website for all your conference information needs!

Full conference brochure

Register for this conference

September 14, 2016

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Oklahoma presents "A Night To Remember"

Dinner and silent auction in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week. October 13, 2016 from 6-8 pm, Christ the King Church located at 8005 Dorset Dr. in Oklahoma City. Keynote Speaker will be Terri White, Commissioner for Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and Hosted by Major Ed Pulido, Advocate and Fundraiser for Veterans. Dinner catered by Outback Restaurant. Seats are limited, reserve your seat ASAP by calling (405) 254-3994. Read more

September 8, 2016

DBSA-OKLAHOMA Annual Picnic and Silent Auction

Saturday, September 10th, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Stars and Stripes Park, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Dr. RSVP 254-3994. All the monies received from the silent auction will help DBSA-OK continue to provide support and training for those who are fighting mental health disorders. Read more

August 30, 2016


Today, Aug. 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is a time to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma surrounding addiction, something the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has actively championed. “Over the past several years, significant strides have been made in decreasing overdoses in Oklahoma,” said Terri White, ODMHSAS. “Fewer people are dying from prescription opioid-related deaths, but more still needs to be done.”  Read more

August 25, 2016

Thunderbird Clubhouse Newsletter - August 2016

Creating a new future for adults recovering from mental illness through the positive power of meaningful work, community, choice and hope. Read more

July 19, 2016


The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has announced the results of its annual inspection of tobacco outlets to measure compliance with laws restricting underage tobacco sales. This year’s non-compliance rate of 14.1 percent is more than twice the 6.8 percent recorded only four years ago, which was the lowest ever for the state. Read more

July 7, 2016

Register today for the A.C.T.I.O.N. across Oklahoma event near you

These events are for parents and families of youth and young adults impacted by substance abuse, treatment providers, parent/ family support providers, community organizations, teachers and school administrators, juvenile justice and child welfare workers, faith-based community members, law enforcement, and any others interested in enhancing treatment and recovery supports for youth and families.

Learn about the importance of strengthening family/professional partnerships
Listen to parents and professionals share what it takes to grow partnerships
Learn from youth and young adults about essential components of youth engagement
Collaborate with other community members to enhance current treatment  and recovery supports in your community

Register for an A.C.T.I.O.N. event near you!  

McAlester  July 15, 9am - 3pm  | Register

Enid  July 22, 9am - 3pm  |  Register

Lawton  July 29, 9am - 3pm  |  Register

Tulsa   August 5, 9am - 3pm  | Register

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Family Network and Parents Helping Parents in collaboration with ODMHSAS.

July 1, 2016

Medication-Assisted Treatment Buprenorphine Waiver Training Set for August 27, 2016

Nearly 80% of opioid-addicted persons do not receive treatment for their addiction because of limited treatment capacity, financial obstacles, social stigma and other barriers to care.  Read more

June 30, 2016

State Agencies Working to Keep July 4th Weekend Safe for All

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) and Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) are partnering to keep the July 4th holiday weekend safe for all Oklahomans. Read more

May 18, 2016

Notice of Public Hearing

The Federal Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grant will be available for comment. Read more

April 19, 2016

Rising Star Award nomination deadline - April 29, 2016

The Rising Star Award is to honor a young person making an outstanding contribution to improving services and systems that support positive development and growth of young people involved in the juvenile justice, behavioral health, child welfare, and/or education systems. Read more

April 19, 2016

Tallent Advocacy Award nomination deadline - April 29, 2016

The Tallent Advocacy Award was established to reinforce a sense of history and tradition in the state's children's mental health community and to highlight the advocacy done on the behalf of children's mental health in the state of Oklahoma. The award is based on the many years, tireless hours and many miles of effort that Jeff Tallent has dedicated to improving children's mental health. Read more

April 12, 2016

Specialty Courts to Gather at the Capitol

Representatives from drug, mental health and other specialty courts will gather at the State Capitol for Specialty Court Day 2016, an annual event to highlight program outcomes and accomplishments. Read more

March 25, 2016

ODMHSAS Announces Additional Budget Cuts

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) today announced an additional $13 million cut from the current year's budget. Read more

January 12, 2016

Help Make Recovery A Reality: Licensed Mental Health Professional Opportunity

Come enhance lives; join a highly skilled multi-discipline team of professionals providing care to high risk individuals in a state of the art facility located in the heart of the metro area. The Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center (OCCIC) is looking for friendly, hard- working, trauma informed Licensed Mental Health Professionals who have a desire to make a difference in peoples lives; thrive in a fast paced environment providing first-rate clinical care in a crisis setting; and provide services that are consumer centered and targeted for whole wellness. Read more

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