“I am extremely proud of our dedicated DHS employees. Year after year, they have responded to reductions in the workforce by taking on more and trying to ensure that our clients do not suffer.  However, at some point, there is a human limit to what they can continue to do at the same level of quantity and quality.”

– Oklahoma Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake, on mid-year cuts that, combined with the loss of federal matching funds, mean $28,070,000 in cuts to DHS (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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