“We realize there are many compelling voices and requests for state funding this year. If there is a core function of state government and a basic value in Oklahoma, it is to care for those who are least able to care for themselves.”

– Pam Richardson of Volunteers for America, urging the Legislature to provide the supplemental funding the state Department of Human Services needs to continue home- and community-based services for seniors and people with disabilities. With its current budget, DHS will be unable to pay providers after March (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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