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Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship

The Oklahoma Policy Institute seeks to improve access to quality, evidence-based mental health and addiction services in Tulsa. This goal will be accomplished in part through the Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship, a two-year, full-time, paid program aimed at preparing a cohort of early-career professionals to be highly competent advocates for needed policy reforms in their community, state, and workplace. Seed funding for this effort is provided by The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

What are the components of the Fellowship?

Each policy fellow is assigned to a mentor, a well-recognized mental health professional with a record of successful advocacy for mental health and addiction policies. A course of study is designed to meet the unique needs of each fellow, aimed at helping them gain the knowledge and practical experiences to be an effective policy advocate. Professionals at the Oklahoma Policy Institute provide tutoring and guided learning experiences on policy research and advocacy as well. Fellows actively participate in their curriculum, involving experiential learning, one-on-one conversations, policy research and analysis, project development and implementation, guided self-study, and advocacy practice in the public and private sectors. Some classroom coursework may be provided by local universities. Opportunities also include interactions with local, state, and national experts and leaders in policy and lawmaking.

Who are the fellows?

Fellows are early-career professionals who have completed a degree program no more than two years prior to the time of application. They are selected through a competitive application process. Preference is given to those applicants who have completed a graduate or professional degree. Fellows are derived from a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to: education, psychology, counseling, law, business, social work, nursing, health care policy and others.

Prior to joining the program, fellows must have demonstrated their interest in mental health or addiction issues, or policy advocacy through their studies, professional work, and/or volunteer service. Fellows must commit to the two-year fellowship and exhibit an intent to work in the Tulsa area or elsewhere in Oklahoma upon completion of the program.

Fellows are employees of the Oklahoma Policy Institute with a $45,000 annual salary. OK Policy offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, retirement, and generous paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Who is the contact for more information?

Questions may be directed to Dr. Richard Wansley, Fellowship Consultant, by email,, or phone, (918) 520-8787.

How can I apply?

Are you a recent graduate looking to develop a mental health lens to carry into your professional career — whether in social work, law, business, counseling, education, or another field? If so, you might be a good fit for the Mental Health Policy Fellowship.

Are you looking to pursue a career in public policy research and advocacy, working on a wide range of mental health and substance abuse policy issues? If so, you might be a good fit for the Mental Health Policy Analyst and Fellowship Coordinator position. (Think you might want to try for both positions? You can do that, too – but you must apply for each position separately.)

The deadline to apply for both positions is August 13.