Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Agency Mission

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is to promote healthy communities and provide the highest quality care to enhance the well-being of all Oklahomans.

Agency Duties and Responsibilities

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is the state’s “safety net” mental health and substance use treatment services system.  The department’s core mission is to provide prevention and treatment services for Oklahomans who are indigent and without a means to pay.  ODMHSAS is the payer of last resort.  In our state, as has been the case for decades, the need for services outpaces resources.  Because of limited resources, services are primarily targeted to address the needs of the most seriously ill; this means for persons who experience ongoing, persistent medical issues associated with mental illness or addiction, persons who are in crisis or have been found to be dangerous to self or others. ODMHSAS provides services for both adults and children. 

Treatment services include inpatient hospital and outpatient community-based mental health treatment services, forensic services, residential treatment and outpatient services to address substance use dependence and addiction, in addition to targeted services designed to address the needs of high-risk populations, criminal justice diversion (Smart on Crime) initiatives, and efforts to address other priority concerns.  In addition, ODMHSAS provides prevention services at the state and local levels, in partnership with area health providers, schools, law enforcement, veteran’s groups and other community stakeholders.  ODMHSAS manages the state’s behavioral health Medicaid services, and has rule-making responsibility for specific statutory certification processes (certifying approximately 3,300 treatment providers, organizations and individuals, throughout the state).

The department delivered services to just over 197,000 Oklahomans in FY 2018 and served all 77 Oklahoma counties through a statewide network of private providers at the community level.  Over 93% of all persons receiving department treatment and recovery services were seen by one of the systems contracted community-based providers.  

ODMHSAS is the State’s statutory authority responsible for prevention, treatment and recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and addictive disorders.

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