Because of drug addiction, Rodger, who has been homeless, was poised to return to prison for the fourth time. His relationship with his family had deteriorated. It was by chance that he was accepted into the Tulsa Drug Court program and assigned to Family & Children’s Services for treatment.
“I had never been through an outpatient treatment and didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I knew I did not want to use drugs anymore. That was a good starting point, but what I came to learn at F&CS was my drug abuse was secondary. I learned I used (drugs) to self-medicate or mask deeper hurts and hang-ups that haunted me since I was a teenager.”
“Through peer groups and one-on-one counseling, I was able to recognize and identify the real issues as to why I used – the thoughts and feelings that led to behaviors that lead to my need to use drugs. Things I didn’t want to think about and even deeper issues that I had suppressed. I’m so grateful and feel so free now from my past because of my treatment.”
Rodger is one of about 106 clients who obtain outpatient services through Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) Adult Mental Health division. The division continues its mission to provide outpatient treatment services to clients in drug court, mental health court, female diversion and other programs in Tulsa County. According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, out of 25,000 inmates, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections estimates that nearly 12,000 inmates have a history or currently exhibiting symptoms of severe mental illness.
Without this contribution, many clients would have otherwise been revoked or sentenced to a period of incarceration. Outpatient treatment services are less expensive and is generally reserved for those who can stay in their communities while they work on their addiction issues. Depending on need, the F&CS programs either has a set schedule, in which people who enroll are expected to appear in groups with other people at times that cannot be varied and/or have an appointment-based system that could accommodate issues such as work and childcare.
Below are the following ways Family & Children’s Services help clients: