We’re hiring! Apply for the Mental Health Policy Fellowship

OK Policy is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort of the Mental Health Policy Fellowship through March 1, 2019. The Mental Health Policy Fellowship is intended to equip professionals in Tulsa and the greater Oklahoma community to be passionate, knowledgeable advocates for mental health and addiction policy reforms.

The fellowship is a full-time, two-year program for those who have finished a degree program in the last two years, with preference given to applicants with advanced degrees. Applicants need not currently reside in Oklahoma. Fellows will work with a mentor and OK Policy staff through a curriculum that includes experiential learning, policy research and analysis, project development, guided self-study, and advocacy practice.

The 2018-2020 fellows, Brittany Hayes and Maggie Den Harder, have worked on projects around the mental health of mothers, the intersection of mental illness and substance use disorder and the criminal justice system, and financing mental healthcare in Oklahoma. Brittany Hayes says of the program: “Being a Mental Health Policy Fellow has allowed me to be mentored by a community leader while pursuing my own interests related to mental health in an effort to reduce stigma. I feel equipped to be a mental health advocate.” Added Margaret den Harder, “Being a fellow has allowed me to strengthen my knowledge on issues of access, care, and policy so I can be a more informed and effective advocate for mental health and substance abuse services and the Oklahomans seeking those services.”

The full job description is located here.

To apply for the fellowship, fill out an online application no later than March 1, 2019. All applicants will be contacted regarding interviews by March 12, 2019.


Lauren Turner joined Oklahoma Policy Institute in October 2018 as the mental health policy analyst and coordinator of the Mental Health Policy Fellowship. She is a native Tulsan who has spent the entirety of her career working in social services in Northeastern Oklahoma, including work in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, the HIV/AIDS community, and anti-trafficking efforts in the Tulsa area. She was a research assistant and Knee Center for Strong Families Scholar at the University of Oklahoma. She received a B.S in Family and Human Services from John Brown University in 2010 and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. She became a Licensed Master Social Worker in July 2016.

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