Weekly Update: 5 Stories in Mental Health News November 27th

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.

Lawsuit Challenges the Legality of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange System

Last month, a lawsuit brought about by the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police and four medical professionals challenged the constitutionality Oklahoma Senate Bill 1369, which created the Health Information Exchange. Oklahoma County Judge Anthony Bonner has been tasked with declaring a ruling on the case. To read more about the proceedings, visit the Oklahoma Counseling Institute.  


Oklahoma Facing a Shortage of Mental Healthcare Providers

According to a study conducted by the Healthy Minds Policy Institute, Oklahoma does not have enough mental healthcare providers to meet the needs of the state. The report found that the need for mental healthcare services in Oklahoma has significantly increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Learn more about the report by visiting the Tulsa World.


Oklahoma State University Researchers Receive Award for Studying Firefighter Mental Health

A cross-discipline team of researchers at Oklahoma State University have received the university’s Public Impact Research Award for their efforts in understanding and responding to the mental health needs of firefighters. The study examined organizational and individual considerations that contribute to resilience and mental health concerns in firefighters, as well as initiatives departments can take to improve the wellbeing of its first responders. Read more about the research project on the university’s website.


Oklahoma Tribal Nations Host Mental Health Conference

Earlier this month, leaders of the Wichita Affiliated Tribes hosted a conference on the mental health and wellbeing of tribal citizens. The 988 Mental Health Lifeline Summit presented cultural events, discussions on the success of the mental health hotline, and information on tribal resources. To learn more about the summit, visit KOSU.


City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public Schools Receive Grant to Address Youth Mental Health Needs

The City of Tulsa recently received a $13 million federal grant to increase mental healthcare resources for children and adolescents. Along with improving access to individual and family services, the grant will also be used to train Tulsa Public School teachers in recognizing and responding to the mental health concerns of students. To learn more about the grant, visit KOSU.  

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