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“Today’s report shows that Medicaid expansion is an important step Oklahoma can take to address behavioral health needs, including serious mental illness and opioid and other substance use disorders.”

-Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, whose agency released a report that shows 71,000 Oklahomans will receive improved access to mental health services if the state accepts Medicaid expansion funding (Source)


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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