Over the past year, I’ve reported stories for The Frontier about families that struggle to find legal help when they are involved in the child welfare system, about a man who was left paralyzed on the streets after being discharged from two Tulsa hospitals, and about a new treatment program that tries to get people with mental illness out of the Oklahoma County jail.
I was able to collaborate with The Curbside Chronicle to report on what happens to people who are too sick to stay in homeless shelters in Oklahoma City, and I talked with state officials about the 42% staff vacancy rate at Oklahoma’s only secure-care facility for youth.
The people we write about get to share their stories and struggles with their neighbors. People in power are held accountable for the shortcomings of the systems they build and fund. And readers learn more about what is happening in their community.
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