Oklahoma is spending millions to expand its mental health crisis response system.
The money will provide iPads for law enforcement across the state, build new mental health centers and expand mobile crisis services.
The money Oklahoma saved from sending fewer people to prison was supposed to finance county mental health programs. But the Legislature has never sent any money to the fund and no rules have been written for how the money can be spent.
Outside of a few swipes at cities and states that shut down during the pandemic last year, Gov. Stitt skirted the topic of COVID-19 in remarks to business leaders, instead focusing on economic growth and his social media war with the animal rights group PETA.