Archive for January, 2013
Enhanced health services, with added services, allow more people with health conditions to have access to the support and assistance they need. Education and care, for example, are expanded to help prevent negative situations brought about by health conditions, such as suicide and death.
To assist children with mental health conditions, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is seeking more funds to expand mental healthcare services in the state. The added funds would specifically offer extensive services to children with mental health problems.
According to Governor Fallin, an additional $16 million would help expand these services by adding a third crisis center, a suicide prevention initiative, and a treatment program for prescription drug abuse. Two crisis centers currently exist in Tulsa and Ardmore, thanks to last year’s funding. The location of the third crisis center would be determined by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Governor Fallin said that about $8 million would be allocated to existing programs, while the other half would be allotted to new services.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently granted $12 million to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. It will be used for the museum’s capital campaign, which will include a children’s museum in Phase One and interior and exterior improvements of the museum in Phase Two.
According to the Science Museum Oklahoma, Phase One will include a children’s museum that will feature scientists from the past and their contributions to the science community. Each area will feature one or two scientists with themed activities and interactive tours geared toward 3 to 6- year-olds.
Phase Two will be an overhaul of the museum’s main entrance and lobby. The area will be moved to the west end of the museum, so it will be closer to the children’s museum. In addition, there will also be improvements on the museum’s exterior. The remaining $10 million needed for funding the project is still needed, and the overall campaign project is expected to finish by summer of 2015.
The public plays an important role in any state or local government. People’s opinions affect how they vote, which can significantly affect the way the government operates. If the public objects to certain activity, the city government must hear them out and implement action to support public opinion.
In Oklahoma City, to show how important public opinion is, Mayor Mick Cornett is opening several board positions to the public. Volunteers will be accepted for boards, committees, and commissions staff under the City Planning Department.
Committees and commissions that are now open for new applicants are: Arts Commission, Bricktown Urban Design Committee, Citizen’s Committee for Community Development, Downtown Design Review Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Riverfront Design Committee, Stockyards City Urban Design Committee, and Urban Design Commission.
Interested residents can submit their applications through email anytime. The positions are open to all qualified residents, and there are even some commissions and committees that allow non-residents to apply as well.