Oklahoma Senators Kevin Matthews and Dave Rader along with Representatives Dan Kirby, Jadine Nollan, Mark Lawson, and Kyle Hilbert attended a tour of Family & Children’s Services (FCS) in Tulsa to learn more about stopping the rise of mental health and addiction in Oklahoma.
The tour, led by FCS CEO Gail Lapidus, FCS program chiefs and board members, was held as part of an effort to better understand the challenges facing Oklahoma constituents with mental illness and addiction. One in five adults experience some form of mental illness, and Oklahoma ranks 46th in spending on mental health services.
Participants from FCS’s Women in Recovery (WIR) program, an intensive outpatient alternative to incarceration for eligible women facing long-term prison sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses, spoke about their journeys to recovery through WIR’s four-phase program.
The presentation also included a discussion about cost saving treatment options through FCS’s programs in Tulsa County and surrounding areas.