Mental health agency wants new funding to fight marijuana addiction as ballot measure on medical cannabis looms

“This is where prevention would go to provide accurate information about what marijuana does and doesn’t do to neural development," ODMHSAS Terri White said.
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The nurse is out: Schools have more sick kids, but fewer nurses to care for them

School Nurses and agency employees told The Frontier while the number of nurses is shrinking, the amount of students who have acute and chronic health needs is growing.
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Records show anger, fear and frustration expressed by hundreds of state health department employees in wake of scandals

The agency on Wednesday released to The Frontier more than 80 pages of "concerns" that were anonymously posted by employees to an internal system.
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State opioid commission nearing finalization of policy recommendations

The commission hopes to have the proposals finalized by Jan. 18 — the Legislature’s bill filing deadline for the 2018 session, Attorney General Mike Hunter said.
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Upcoming major investigation — Shadow Land: How rape stays hidden in Oklahoma

Our five-part series uncovered a war-within-a-war that requires some victims to fight for their own justice while the government and other agencies struggle for personnel, funding and proven training methods to assist victims.
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Shadow Mountain files suit against former employee for allegedly stealing, leaking records

The Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health Facility filed suit against the former employee, Dee Ann Paisley, in the District Court of Tulsa County on Nov. 1.
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Judge rules state’s fraud case against opioid manufacturers can proceed

The ruling means that discovery can now begin in the case, which is likely to include the state subpoenaing internal company documents and records and taking depositions of company officials and employees.
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As troubles mount, state health department employees file nearly 600 anonymous ‘concerns’ in less than a month

The system was put in place not long after Preston Doerflinger was named as interim Health Department Commissioner in October.
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DHS announces it won’t eliminate programs on Dec. 1 for seniors, people with disabilities

DHS will begin sending notices this week to program recipients and providers that services will continue, said DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell.
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For opioid crisis in Oklahoma, some look to telemedicine

"We hope the treatment of addiction issues isn't more burdensome than when a doctor gets someone addicted. It helps on the counseling side, and it helps once that client relationship has been established face to face, those continued visits can happen telemedicine," a treatment specialist said.
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