Robert J. Powitzky, Ph.D., Chief Mental Health Officer
2901 N. Classen Blvd. Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73106-5493
FAX: (405) 962-6150
Administrator of Mental Health Operations
The Mental Health Services Unit promotes recovery for offenders with serious illness, developmental disabilities, and/or co-occurring disorders in an efficient, organized, yet humane manner through competent, necessary integrated screening, evaluation and treatment services; contributes to correctional and public safety through staff consultation and training; and, where possible, provides life-changing interventions to other inmates with drug/alcohol addictions and/or behavioral or personality disorders who are motivated to becoming productive citizens.
The Oklahoma DOC mental health services encompass the entire spectrum of care, including screening/ assessment; crisis intervention; co-occurring disorder treatment; suicide prevention; appropriate levels of outpatient, intermediate, and acute/inpatient mental health services; and reentry, pre-discharge planning/preparation. Mental health professionals include psychiatrists and advanced practice psychiatric nurses, psychologists, masters-level clinicians, and social workers. They are also provided medication distribution services by the Medical Services Unit’s nurses and pharmacists.
ODOC has developed a recovery model of mental health services that provides an integrated system of mental health care aligned with good correctional management designed to empower offenders with mental illness to attain each individual's maximum level of crime-free employment, self-care, interpersonal relationships, and community participation.
To achieve effective, cost-efficient mental health services, ODOC utilizes a unique mental health management classification information system that provides a concentration of staffing and designated housing for those inmates with the most serious mental illness in the least restrictive conditions that promote individual recovery and resilience while protecting the public. To provide concentrated services, specialized designated housing units have been established at three facilities. The more acute, inpatient care is provided on Mental Health Units (MHUs). Intermediate care and specialized reentry services are provided on Intermediate Care Housing Units (ICHUs). However, approximately 95% of offenders with mental illness are treated on an outpatient basis in the general population housing settings.
The reader is referred to the reports linked below for more detailed discussions of ODOC mental health services.