Future of Oklahoma teen pregnancy prevention programs uncertain after funding cut by Trump administration

The federal grants provide Oklahoma organizations about $3.8 million annually to implement evidence-based programs to reduce the state's teen birthrate. Nearly $8 million will be lost because of the cuts.
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‘It’s just so damn expensive’: Dental care an uphill battle for Oklahoma veterans

According to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, fewer than 10 percent of the 61,000 veterans in Tulsa County are supplied with dental benefits through the VA, causing many to forgo dental insurance altogether.
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Delays by Oklahoma hospitals, Health Department to screen newborns put babies at risk

Newborn screening identifies rare diseases that can cause disability, death or serious health issues if not treated quickly. Dozens of Oklahoma hospitals are failing to send tests to the state lab in a timely manner.
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After settling seven lawsuits for $1.3 million, Tulsa doctor’s license set for review

Masters allegedly gave a patient syringes filled with the patient’s fat tissue and told the patient to take the syringes home, put them in her freezer and self-inject them into her face when she desired.
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Chronic homelessness rises in Tulsa, despite increasing success getting people into housing

Despite the growth in that population, almost $300,000 has been poured into the community by local non-profit agencies to prevent homelessness, according to the Community Service Council. And at the same time, 587 veterans and 176 chronic homeless people have been housed since 2015.
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Fire department misuse by ‘super users’ appears to be going down. Here’s why.

The Tulsa residents are considered“super users” — a relatively small group of people who account for a disproportionate amount of calls made to the city’s 911 system — sometimes more than 100 times per year — for nonemergency situations.
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Medical co-pay might deter inmates from seeking treatment, but officials say it’s a two-sided coin

In 2016, the state's Department of Corrections collected just over $250,000 in medical copays. That same year, the agency spent about $84.4 million on health care — up almost 35 percent from FY 2011.
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‘I was infuriated:’ After 52 pepper spray incidents at juvenile facilities in 5 years, OJA considers plan to stop

Office of Juvenile Affairs records show in less than five years, staff have used pepper spray in 52 incidents on 62 children. The agency is considering expediting its plan to get rid of it.
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Questions surround operation of mental health pods as they near opening

Though the Sheriff's Office is facing almost a dozen lawsuits related to deaths and injuries, some mental health advocates say it has come a long way.
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Experts identified at least 10 Tulsa jail deaths since 2006 as possibly preventable

The 10 cases reviewed by The Frontier add up to one in three inmate deaths in the last decade that experts and medical records state might have been prevented with better care.
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