“Frankly, I don’t know what’s going to happen to the people they stop serving, and that’s my biggest concern. I’m very interested to find out what the department’s plan is to do with these people when the providers can’t serve them, because there’s no place else for them to go now, nor would we want them to go back to the institutions.”

– Judith Goodwin, executive director of Oklahoma Community-Based Providers, which represents 60 agencies which serve 6,000 to 10,000 clients, speaking about a 3.5 percent provider reimbursement rate cut. Care providers have warned that they will have to cut wages and stop providing some services, leaving some Oklahomans with disabilities without a source of needed care (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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