$4.2 million was provided for statewide expansion of the Children First child abuse prevention program, which was initiated in 1996. Beginning January 1, 1998, the nurse home-visitation program for new families will begin expanding statewide. The program, currently funded at $1.1 million, now serves 4 counties.
$500,000 was appropriated to the Health Department for the Oklahoma Child Abuse Prevention Grant program. The 32% funding increase will bring to $2.1 million the amount of state prevention grants received by local communities.
$218,000 was appropriated to the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, including:
$135,000 was appropriated to the State Health Department for contracts with programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Lawton which intervene with troubled youth.
$30,000 was provided to the State Health Department to promote locally funded summer programs for youth in rural areas.