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Oklahoma: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Oklahoma

In 2006, Oklahoma's mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, the grade is a B, reflecting remarkable improvement and significant opportunities. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: B 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: C 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: C 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Mental health and drug courts
  • Collaborations with Department of Corrections and Department of Health
  • Peer recovery support specialist certification
  • Inclusive transformation grant process

Urgent Needs

  • Invest in comprehensive plan
  • Expand ACT and other evidence-based practices
  • Expand cultural competence activities
  • Supportive housing

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Oklahoma

"Medications are constantly changing and when I find some that work, the doctor says the Medicaid agency has to approve it and it doesn’t approve it."