Who are the people who seek assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services?  They are people who need help building stable lives and functioning well in their families, jobs, schools, and communities. Some are experiencing relatively short-term mental health problems. Others require long-term treatment for mental illness and assistance with job training and placement, housing, and social experiences. For all Oklahomans, the Department offers a statewide system of affordable programs tailored to meet a variety of needs.

On average, approximately 70 percent of all clients served each year receive mental health services.  The largest share of these receive services and support through a statewide network of community-based mental health programs. Another 30 percent receive assistance for substance abuse.  Only about 3 percent of the Department's clients on an annual basis receive services in inpatient psychiatric facilities.

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