Greater Tulsa Reporter
IMPACTING ILLNESS: Dr. Gerry Clancy, president of the University of Tulsa, speaks at a press conference regarding the launch of the Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan. Also pictured are, from left, seated, Dr. Jeff Alderman, director of the TU Institute for Health Care Delivery Systems; Jan Figart, senior planner for Community Service Council of Tulsa; Mike Neal, president and CEO of Tulsa Regional Chamber; and Bill Major, executive director of The Zarrow Family Foundations.
EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers
Area leaders held a press conference at the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce offices recently to discuss the launch of the Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan that is led by a steering committee made up of 16 Tulsa-area mental health care professionals, foundations and community leaders.
The health plan is considered to be a “phase two” to the 2006 Lewin Report recommendations that have already significantly reduced the 14-year life expectancy difference between north and south Tulsa by three years.
Research shows that nearly one in four Oklahomans have a mental illness, but the majority of them do not receive the treatment they need. It is an issue that costs taxpayers, creates a drain on limited health and mental health care resources, and costs the lives of many Oklahomans.
With the goal of making the greatest impact on these numbers and on the mental health care delivery system in Tulsa over the next 10 years, area leaders are working with a national consulting firm to create a plan of action going forward.