“We’ve got to make sure our officers are safe. We’ve got to make sure they have appropriate training for these programs, and we’ve got to make sure that our system has somewhere to divert people for treatment so they can be well and go back to work and raise their own children.”

– Traci Cook of NAMI Oklahoma on SQ780 and SQ781, which would reclassify some drug crimes and reinvest the savings into treatment programs (Source). Oklahoma’s fact sheet on SQ780 and SQ781 is available here.


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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