Upcoming Event: Policy & Practice lecture series discusses mental illness and prison

dlugaczOn August 26th, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Mr. Harry Dlugacz, MSW, JD, for his lecture, “The Offender with Mental Disabilities: Critical Issues in Correctional Mental Health and Planning for Successful Reentry” as part of its Policy & Practice lecture series. Mr. Dlugacz will discuss the scope of incarceration and rates of mental illness within the incarcerated population before outlining areas of concern, including public health and safety implications, legal obligations and responsibilities, and professional ethics and standards.

Henry Dlugacz, MSW, JD, is an attorney and social worker who has worked to improve correctional mental health and reentry services for over 30 years. Mr. Dlugacz is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College, a partner in the New York law firm of Beldock Levine and Hoffman LLP, and an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He previously co-founded and co-chaired the New York State Bar Association’s Health Law Sections Committee on Mental Health Issues, and is the former director of mental health and acting assistant program director for the St. Vincent’s Hospital Prison Health Services.

This free lecture will be Tuesday, Aug. 26th from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105). Click here to register. DHS attendees will receive 20% off purchases at the Winnie Mae Cafe.  Please arrive early or call in your order at (405) 522-2321 if you plan to purchase lunch. For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552.  View the complete lecture series lineup here.


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in January 2014. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern. A Kansas City native, Carly graduated from the University of Tulsa in December 2013 with a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification Program, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program, and The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa. She previously served as board president for United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa. At OK Policy, Carly supervises policy staff and conducts research focusing on health care and the safety net.

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