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.