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Supporting Mental Health in the Community

Did you know Oklahoma has one of the highest rates for mental illness in the nation?  Between 700,000 and 950,000 adult Oklahomans need services, and most are not receiving the care they need.

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month around the country.  Here at OU-Tulsa, we support Mental Health in our community through the following programs:

ACEs — Oklahoma residents experience higher-than-national average of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are 10 categories of childhood abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The OU-Tulsa interdisciplinary research team — experts from Social Work, Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry — have developed and piloted the Professional ACEs Training for Health (PATH) program.  The PATH program trains health professionals like medical residents, social work professionals, physician assistants, and nursing professionals.  This training will not only better prepare healthcare practitioners to discuss ACEs, but also help patients understand the potential impacts ACEs have on one’s health and to seek further treatment as needed.

Haruv USA — Haruv USA at OU-Tulsa brings together the unique expertise and international leadership of the Haruv Institute in Jerusalem, paired with the research-based educational knowledge and expertise of OU-Tulsa, and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Haruv USA focuses on comprehensive, inter-professional education and training for students and professionals who touch the lives of children from a wide variety of settings, along with research for the identification, prevention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, with an emphasis on underserved children and families.

Social Work — 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of education, research, and service in social work at OU. Our facilities on both campus sites support innovations in instruction, community gatherings, simulation, continuing professional education, and interdisciplinary collaboration. OU-Tulsa social work students, alumni, and faculty work to solve social concerns that impact our state and beyond.

Human Relations  — Graduates from this program work in our community to work with diverse populations and to confront systemic social and organizational inequities that can increase mental health issues. The program focuses on counseling, organizational studies and social justice and change as ways to assist community members dealing with mental health issues.

OU Physicians-Tulsa Department of Psychiatry — Physicians and residents work with patients to provide outstanding psychiatric care to the Tulsa community. Our physicians work closely with major Tulsa hospitals to provide training for psychiatry residents and research in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in a close collaboration with Laureate Institute of Brain Research (LIBR).

Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment (IMPACT) —The OU IMPACT group is a multidisciplinary team designed to provide assertive treatment to those who need a higher level of care than traditional psychiatric outpatient services can provide. This approach, oftentimes called a “hospital without walls”, provides wrap-around services. This means helping our members with numerous things such as getting housing, making doctor appointments for physical health problems, medication management, applying for SSI, SSDI, food stamps, as well as helping them with activities of daily living and meeting the goals they have set for themselves through engagement, encouragement and positive reinforcement