Weekly Update: 5 Stories in Mental Health News

Posted By: Hayley Twyman Brack Resources,

In OCI's new weekly series, we will highlight 5 updates in research, news, and more in the world of mental health.

Oklahoma Mental Health Professionals Offered Student Loan Assistance

Earlier this month, Oklahoma House Bill 2175 was signed into law, establishing a revolving fund that would finance training, psychiatric residencies, student loan forgiveness, and more for mental health professionals in the state. This “Behavioral Health Workforce Development Fund” will be managed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Read this article on the Counseling Institute website to learn more.


Former First Lady and Mental Health Advocate, Rosalynn Carter, Passes Away

Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and wife of President Jimmy Carter, passed away on Sunday November 19th. Rosalynn Carter was known for her humanitarian work, deeming mental healthcare a “basic human right” and using her platform as First Lady first of Georgia and then of the United States to advocate for patients’ rights and the development of community mental health services. To learn more about her life and legacy, visit the National Public Radio website.


Mental Health Problems a Common Workplace Injury

A recent study examining injury reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, OSHA, and other outlets found that 52% of workplace injury cases reported for workers’ compensation and disability claims were for mental health issues. According to the report, approximately 10% of workers in the United States experience mental health problems related to their job. Read more about the study on Yahoo.


OU to Open Children’s Behavioral Health Facility

Earlier this month, the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital announced the development of a new psychiatric facility for children and adolescents. The OU Health Behavioral Health Center will be located in Oklahoma City and is expected to have 72 beds for inpatient care, as well as a clinic for outpatient services. Read the Journal Record to learn more.


ODMHSAS Commissioner to Step Down

Carrie Slatton-Hodges, LPC, Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of the year. At this time, there has been no announcement on who will assume the role of Commissioner. Read more at The Oklahoman.

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