Ok so. Senate Bill 1314 reviews patients for trauma and mental health services

When it comes to mental health issues, a lawmaker wants to make it easier for Oklahomans to access quality care. Oklahoma State Senator Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, filed Senate Bill 1314. This would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to provide Medicaid reimbursement to health care providers who screen patients for a history of trauma.

Based on research that examines the impact of negative childhood experiences (ACES) on mental and physical health, Senator Garvin wants to support Oklahoma residents. “I believe unmet mental health needs lead to generational well-being, the overcrowding in our prisons, the failure of students in our schools and the increase in the number of children in foster care.

“We need to start addressing these issues if we’re going to improve outcomes in this state, produce more successful, independent adults, and keep Oklahoma families together,” Sen. Garvin added.

Oklahoma State Senator Jessica Garvin (R-Duncan) (oksenate.gov)

Bill encourages mental health treatment

In addition to Medicaid reimbursement, Senate Bill 1314 would also encourage providers to refer for mental wellness treatment, among other preventive health care measures, for those receiving trauma screening.

According to Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) CEO and former State Representative Joe Dorman, “Oklahomans who are negatively affected by high ACE scores are often underserved because we don’t know they are in pain…Senator Garvin jumped at the chance to increase testing and data collection so we have a better understanding of how to help serve some of the most vulnerable from Oklahoma.

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According to the U.S. Health Rankings, children ages 0-17 in Oklahoma deal with more trauma compared to the United States as a whole. Young people in Oklahoma face higher rates of substance abuse, death of parents or guardians, and community violence.

Senate Bill 1314 will be up for discussion when Oklahoma’s legislative session begins next month. If passed, SB 1314 will go into effect in July.

Norman D. Briggs