Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
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Agency overview
Formed 1953
Headquarters 1200 NE 13
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Employees 2,192 (FY11)
Annual budget $311 million (FY11)
Ministers responsible Terri White, Secretary of Health
Joel Carson, Chair of the Board
Agency executive Terri White, Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Parent agency Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Website
www.odmhsas.org/

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is an agency of the Government of Oklahoma responsible for providing public health services relating to mental illness and substance abuse. The Department is governed by the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, composed of eleven members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. The Board, in turn, appoints the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to serve as the chief executive officer of the Department.

The current Commissioner is Terri White, who was appointed by the Board in 2007. Commissioner White was appointed by Governor Henry to serve concurrently as the Secretary of Health in 2009.

The Department was established in 1953 during the term of Governor of Oklahoma Johnston Murray

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History and function

The Department was established through the Mental Health Law of 1953, although publicly supported services to Oklahomans with mental illness date back to early statehood. The Department provides services through a statewide network of programs, working hard to respond to clients' needs with effective programs that are conveniently located and easy to access.

For individuals with mental illness, ODMHSAS supports a continuum of programs from community-based treatment and case management to acute inpatient care. Programs for individuals dependent on alcohol or other drugs range from outpatient counseling to extended residential treatment. The Department also actively supports prevention programs to reduce the occurrence of substance abuse, violence, and other harmful behaviors among young people.

The Department serves as the prevention, education and treatment component of the State government's approach to combating drugs. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control serves as the law enforcement arm. The two agencies work together to develop a comprehensive drugs control strategy for the State.

Leadership

The Department is led by the Secretary of Health, the Chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board, and the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Under Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry, the Chair of the Board is Joel Carson and Terri White is serving concurrently as the Secretary of Health and the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board is the governing board of the Department. The Board is composed of eleven members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. All members of the Board serve seven year terms and no member may have served in the Oklahoma Legislature within five years of their appointment. The Board is required to be composed of individuals meeting the following requirements:

  • One member must be a physician licensed to practice in Oklahoma and must be appointed from a list of not less than three names submitted to the Governor by the Oklahoma State Medical Association
  • One member must be a psychiatrist certified as a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and must be appointed from a list of not less than three names submitted to the Governor by the Oklahoma State Medical Association
  • One member must be an attorney licensed to practice in Oklahoma and must be appointed from a list of not less than three names submitted to the Governor by the Oklahoma Bar Association
  • One member must be a psychologist, licensed to practice in Oklahoma, who must be appointed from a list of not less than three names submitted to the Governor by the Oklahoma State Psychological Association;
  • Three members, qualified by education and experience in the area of substance abuse recovery, who shall be appointed from a list of not less than ten names submitted to the Governor by a state association of substance abuse recovery programs
  • Four members must be citizens of Oklahoma, at least one of whom shall be either a current or former consumer of mental health services.

Current membership

As of 2009, the current members of the Board are as follows:

  • Joel Carson - Chair
  • Brent Bell, DO
  • Bruce Fisher
  • Henry Haynes, Ed.D.
  • Mary Anne McCaffree, MD
  • Larry McCauley, Ed.D.
  • Robert McDonald
  • J. Andy Sullivan, MD
  • Jack Turner OKC
  • Ronna Vanderslice, Ed.D.
  • Gail Wood

Organization

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board
    • Commissioner
      • Inspector General
      • General Counsel
      • Advocate General
      • Civil Rights Coordinator
      • Chief Operating Officer
        • Deputy Commissioner – Mental Health Services
          • Community Mental Health Centers – provide local mental health services to adults who suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses or children who have serious emotional disturbance. The department directly operates five centers across the State and contracts with non-profits to operate ten other centers
          • Children and Families Services - provides mental health services for children, including family-based, in-home services
          • Psychiatric hospitals - operates three psychiatric hospitals across the state, which provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment to both voluntary and involuntary adult and child patients
        • Deputy Commissioner - Communication and Prevention
          • Area Prevention Resources Centers - provides various mental health and substance abuse intervention and prevention programs, including specialized programs for pregnant women, women with dependent children, and youths.
        • Deputy Commissioner - Substance Abuse Services
          • Community Treatment Centers - provides comprehensive planning and program implementation in education, training, prevention and treatment for individuals and families affected by alcohol an drug abuse. The Department directly operates four centers across the State and contracts with non-profits to operate eight other centers
        • Director of Financial Services
        • Director of Human Resources
        • Chief Information Officer

Staffing

The Mental Health Department, with an annual budget of well over $300 million, is one of the largest employers of the State. For fiscal year 2010, the Department was authorized 2,192 full time employees.[1]

Division Number of Employees
Central Administration 145
Inpatient Hospitals 824
Community Based Programs 977
Substance Abuse Programs 240
Residential Care Programs 6
Total 2,192

References

  1. ^ FY 2011 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance

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