The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is to promote healthy communities and provide the highest quality care to enhance the well-being of all Oklahomans.
Services available through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will promote productive lifestyles and set the national standard for prevention, treatment, and recovery for those affected by mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders.
Values and Behaviors
The Board, Commissioner, and all stakeholders envision active partnerships among those receiving services, their families, provider organizations, and community leaders, dedicated to promoting quality of life, safety, and well-being for the people of Oklahoma . Consumer choice, hope, family involvement, and the belief in human potential are valued. ODMHSAS resources support each consumer's right to choose services that:
• build on individual strengths,
• exist in a natural environment, and
• actively promote the consumer's human value and dignity.
Every consumer and family member shall receive timely and appropriate services.
Long-Term Goals, Themes and Strategies
1. Decrease the incidence and strategies progression of substance abuse/chemical dependency and mental illness through increased awareness and understanding of the issues and the provision of prevention and early intervention services.
Educating the public: Contract with a public relations firm to design and implement a statewide media campaign to increase public awareness of the nature and extent of substance abuse and mental illness in Oklahoma.
Providing prevention services: Develop and implement a prevention and early intervention program with the children of Department consumers, Implement community-based prevention programs focused on a "train-the-trainer" model of dissemination.
Advocacy and coalition building: Sponsor informational events involving advocates from all departmental constituent groups, Develop a comprehensive advocacy base that includes all stakeholder groups and programs.
2. People in Oklahoma will receive best-practice interventions and services delivered in a timely, culturally competent manner that promotes recovery and an increased quality of life.
Specialized services to specific groups: Provide needed services to persons in the criminal justice system, Provide PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) programs throughout the state, Provide family and children's services.
Promotion of best-practice service models: Identify, develop and disseminate best-practice models with appropriate accountability across the Department's three program divisions, including those that focus on family and co-occurring issues, Provide competent services to under-served populations.
Funding: Prepare annual and multi-year budget requests, consistent with ODMHSAS long-range strategic planning, Develop and diversify funding streams to broaden the base of services to consumers, including foundations, federal grants and tobacco settlement fund, Support the recruitment and retention of qualified staff by ensuring that equitable and appropriate reimbursement rates for contract providers and appropriate pay scales for state employees are established and maintained.
3. Program capacity throughout the state will be sufficient to address the size, composition, and distribution of the state's population.
Expansion of workforce: Collaborate with higher education to develop practicum experiences to acquaint trainees with ODMHSAS services and consumers, Recruit and train recovering/recovered consumers to function as service providers.
Increase availability of service: Expand culturally competent services to ethnic communities within Oklahoma, Reduce the delay between request for service and receipt of service, Monitor performance indicators related to service utilization and demand.
Provision of service in the least restrictive service environment: Develop a continuum of service that provides access to the least restrictive appropriate service option for consumers, Develop service options that build on the strength and capacity of host communities.
Specialized services: Provide consultation and training in specialized areas such as mental illness, child and sexual abuse, substance abuse and victimization, Develop accessible crisis intervention and emergency detention services throughout the state, Evaluate and improve crisis and help lines.
4. Services provided through the ODMHSAS will recognize and address the comprehensive and holistic needs of the people served.
Cross-training service providers: Provide cross-training among department program areas. Cross-train front line staff/service providers in standardized screening and assessment procedures.
Collaboration across Departmental divisions and with community, state, and federal agencies: Facilitate regular meetings among service providers from all program areas within the Department for purposes of program planning and development, Establish planning and partnerships with agencies such as: Oklahoma Health Care Authority, State Department of Health, State Department of Human Services, State Office of Juvenile Affairs, State Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, State Department of Rehabilitative Services, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Department of Education, Oklahoma State Medical Association, and the Criminal Justice Department, Provide information from the ODMHSAS Board regarding planning and development to the State Legislature and Office of the Governor and other governing bodies.
5. Continuous service and workplace improvements occur through the use of performance indicators and evaluation tools in decision making and implementation of services.
Accreditation/Certification: Bring Departmental standards and certification practices in line with those of external accrediting bodies, Promote the certification and licensure of specialist service providers.
Data-based performance improvement planning: Develop and implement a comprehensive performance improvement plan, Involve consumers, advocates, and community representatives in performance improvement efforts, Develop and support a user-friendly data system that accurately reflects consumer services in a timely manner, using data to support policy-making decisions and capacity building, Provide performance indicator data to governing bodies.