Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2009
Sen. Brian Crain
Report Lauds Oklahoma's Tremendous Improvement in Mental Health
Oklahoma is the only state in the nation to improve
two grade levels in two years in mental health services. State
Crain chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health
and Human Services and said a newly issued report card shows how
far Oklahoma has come.
"In 2006, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
gave Oklahoma a "D" for its mental health service system.
There simply was not enough access to these services, especially
in rural communities," explained Crain, R-Tulsa. "Since
that time, we've expanded drug courts and created mental health
courts. We've also better coordinated services and programs between
state agencies. As a result, we now have a grade of "B."
That's a significant improvement."
Crain said Oklahoma was one of only six states to
receive a "B" with 18 states receiving a "C".
Twenty-one states received a "D" and six were given
an "F." No state received an "A" in the report.
"There's still more work to be done, but I'm
extremely proud of what we have accomplished. Improving access
to mental health services will help thousands more Oklahomans
lead productive and healthy lives, and that will benefit our entire
state," Crain said.
For more information contact:
Sen. Crain's Office: 405-521-5620