“We already don’t get enough from the government to provide these services, and then we get this rate cut. I think the government is saying ‘We don’t care about the people with disabilities in our state.’ ”

– Mary Ogle, president and CEO of A New Leaf, which provides 24-hour care and vocational services for clients with developmental disabilities. DHS instituted a provider reimbursement cut for those services in order to balance the agency’s budget and cope with reduced funding provided by the Legislature (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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