The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) continues statewide outreach efforts to link Oklahomans in need to services and support for those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department is encouraging people needing assistance to call a toll-free hotline at 800-522-9054 to be immediately linked to trained professionals who are ready to assist, or to dial 211 and use the automated phone system.
Calling the hotline or 211 links the caller to an array of resources in their community, including support for food, shelter or other demands brought on by COVID and other life stressors.
Trained professionals answering the phone can help link callers to mental health and substance use treatment services, or simply be a caring listener.
Early in the pandemic, ODMHSAS began outreach efforts and response services throughout the state. The department’s statewide network of care providers, along with outreach efforts involving Oklahoma’s 211 phone system, has helped link thousands of Oklahomans to support. The result is that the state has not experienced some of the same negative consequences seen in other parts of the country.
“As of today, we have not experienced the same
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