Quote of the Day 2/5/2015

“This is not about the department failing. This is a result of a lack of funding for services. Obviously, we understand the gravity of the situation and the court’s frustration because we share that frustration.”

– A spokesman for the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, speaking after a district judge threatened to jail department commissioner Terry White because an inmate was not moved to a mental health facility until 6 months after the judge ordered he be transferred there. ODMHSAS said the move did not happen until this week because the facility had no available space. (Source: bit.ly/1CwVheo)


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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