President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 1, 2012
Sen. Brian Bingman
Pro Tem Bingman Statement on Thursday’s vote by the
Human Services Commission on NORCE and SORC
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian
Bingman today issued the following statement in response to
the Oklahoma Human Services Commission vote to complete Oklahoma’s
transition from institutional to community care services.
“Today, the Commission has chosen to ensure Oklahomans living
with disabilities receive the highest quality of support, while
refusing to let dollars go to the brick-and-mortar maintenance of
aging, vacant facilities when those same dollars should go to the
direct care of the people Oklahoma serves. I support the Commission
and appreciate their hard work—they thoroughly weighed the
options, met with families and facility staff, and came to a decision
they feel is in the best interest of persons receiving assistance
through DDSD. Community care, with its proven results of better
outcomes for people living with disabilities, will provide greater
flexibility for individuals and families, as well as the most efficient
delivery of services.
“I also appreciate the caring, selfless, and hard-working
staff at both the NORCE and SORC facilities. They have proven dedicated
to the Oklahomans they serve, their families, and to our state.
Their continued service as we transition the remaining 2% of persons
in institutional care to community based homes is something we should
“Families of the men and women currently transitioning out
of institutional care will have Oklahoma’s full support during
this time of change. I know the state is committed to helping families
in a smooth transition to a high quality community home.
Bingman praised the Governor’s response to Thursday’s
vote and offered support for the creation of a blue ribbon panel
working toward developing a vision for the future of developmental
disabilities services delivery in Oklahoma.
“The most important thing we should do is plan for the future
care of Oklahomans living with disabilities—we want what is
best for families and individuals and for the state of Oklahoma.
I look forward to the recommendations of the panel and the implementation
of forward-thinking improvements with positive outcomes for people.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605