12.25 Oklahoma : Health officials: State in crisis level for suicides, The Express-Star, Dec. 10, 2010
As Oklahoma contends with state budget cuts to health services, mental health officials are concerned that their ability to prevent suicide will be adversely affected. The state has had to make cuts to services related to suicide prevention, such as treatment for substance abuse. Oklahoma may also lose $400,000 in annual funding for suicide prevention in 2011. Meanwhile, calls to the state’s suicide hotline are increasing, prompting Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White to say that the state’s situation with regard to suicide is at a “crisis level.”
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