Upcoming Event: 'Why The Institutions Died' Practice & Policy Lecture – February 23

The Office of Planning, Research, and Statistics of the Oklahoma Department of Public Services and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management will host the former director of Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services, Ed Skarnulis, on February 23rd, 2011 as part of their Practice & Policy Lecture Series.  Dr. Skarnulis, appointed by various federal courts to oversee the closure of institutions, including the Hissom Memorial Center in Oklahoma, will lecture on ‘Why the Institutions Died.’

Dr. Skarnulis has extensive experience working with children and adults who are developmentally disabled and served as the Deputy Commissioner of Mental Retardation in Texas and held similar state director positions in Kentucky and Minnesota.  He has also been an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and for a handful of states in cases involving service delivery for people with developmental disabilities.

The lecture takes place between 12:00 and 1pm on February 23, 2011 at the Oklahoma History Center in the Chesapeake Room.  The Oklahoma History Center is located at:

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Map (opens external site)

This event is open to the public, for more information contact Millie Carpenter at millie.carpenter@OKDHS.org or call (405) 521-3552.


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