Gov. Mary Fallin endorses the work of Jordan's Crossing, an Oklahoma City substance abuse center

Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday addressed a crowd of substance abuse treatment advocates and women in recovery in Oklahoma City, reiterating what she has said over the past few weeks.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: February 9, 2013

Fallin said she understood that many of the women at the facility came from tough situations.

“There are times when people run into challenges with substance abuse and addiction,” she said. “It crosses all lines of families in Oklahoma, too, and this is a place where you can come and get that much-needed treatment instead of having to go into one of our correctional facilities and to get the help you truly need to get back on your feet.”

When Fallin entered office, she asked the Legislature for more money for substance abuse treatment.

In 2011, Fallin dedicated $3 million to the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to increase the number of women receiving addiction treatment. A major renovation of Jordan's Crossing was paid for with some of that funding.

In Oklahoma, there are five facilities that contract with the state Mental Health Department to treat women with dependent children, according to the department.

There is a waiting list of 500 women waiting to get into one of these types of facilities.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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