Mental Health

Sooner Politics:  McCall Admits State 'Has Money To Avoid Cuts'

​​“The state has available cash that the House could appropriate to protect healthcare services impacted by the recent Supreme Court decision,” House Speaker, Charles McCall, said in a news release on Friday.  “These monies would delay the cuts into 2018 or until a strategic budget solution is reached. It is important to note that the House Republicans will not allow these three agencies to absorb a $215 million cut. […]

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Sooner Politics: A Broken and Inhumane State Legacy

  Veda Carter thought she could protect her son as long as a jail cell was available.  For more than 10 years, she tried to find Corey Carter quality, consistent treatment.  Corey had schizophrenia and, sometimes, he struggled with paranoia.  The Corey whom Veda knew and loved would start to change.  That’s when Veda knew she and Corey needed to make the 100-mile drive from Valliant, a small town in southeast Oklahoma, to McAlester.&nbs […]

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New Outpatient Mental Health Court Monitoring Law Is Being Rolled Out At Tulsa Meeting

A Tulsa Mental Health Court Judge and a state-contracted public health provider will be unveiling the details of a new Oklahoma statute which recently went into effect. Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is a minimalist approach to monitoring the mental health of individuals with a recurring adjudicated mental health condition.   It only applies to adults with a continual behavioral pattern which results in being b […]

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The Tulsa Frontier reports that Tulsa County avoided another embarrassing lawsuit over a sad tragedy. A young man of questionable mental health missed a court hearing. He was summarily hauled into the jail for failure to appear.  No mental health concern was ever followed up on. Then they found him hanging in his cell.   The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has historically spent next to nothing on training deten […]

Liberty on Tap - Tulsa: April Gathering on Mental Health & the Criminal Justice System

Does the cause of those suffering from mental illness who are also impacted by our criminal justice system have adequate public support? Please join us as we explore this topic with a discussion facilitated by David van Rissegham. David has served as President of and is currently on the board of directors of the Tulsa […]

Thursday, April 6th at 6pm

Chimi’s on Cherry Street

Private Dining Room

15th & Peoria


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A New Day At the Tulsa Jail

by David van Risseghem  Tulsa – I’ve been very busy the past few weeks. As well as being an activist and journalist, I am an advocate for a better public policy on mental illness. It is a huge issue with massive needs. But we measure success in baby steps. The Tulsa County Jail’s new mental health unit is one of those baby steps.   As a member of NAMI Tulsa, I reached out to Sheriff Regalado and his medical staff(Turnkey) about the matter and we offe […]