Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News 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.

Jaclyn is a recipient of the 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Jaclyn’s project is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. She is also a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • Healthy 65: Consistent weight training will equal a 'Merry Liftmas'

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Dec 16, 2015

    Until this past fall, I hadn't ever paid much attention to the bench press or squat rack in the gym. In fact, I'm not sure I ever touched them. I was more of a weight-machines-and-Treadmill kind of girl.  But that changed this past summer when I started working with a trainer. Honestly, my main motivation was my wedding in late August. I had a dress to fit into. But after the wedding, I decided I needed a new goal. At first, I thought about running another half marathon, but overall, the idea didn't excite me. And then I thought about how I had always been interested in weightlifting but had never gotten serious about it.

  • What state budget cuts could mean for mental health services

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    State officials expect next year's budget hole to be about $900 million, and that dwindling revenue collections this year will mean mid-year cuts to current agency dollars, the Associated Press reports. State agencies have been preparing for this news, with lawmakers holding preliminary budget hearings at the Capitol to prep agencies for the worst.  Terri White, commissioner at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said at a hearing Wednesday that thousands of low-income, uninsured Oklahomans do not receive the mental health and substance abuse treatment they need, a problem that continues to worsen over time thanks to a chronically underfunded state mental

  • High school students: Want to be a journalist? Here's your chance

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    The Oklahoman is taking applications for Newsroom 101, our high school journalism program.  Students can apply online by visiting this link: bit.ly/NR2016 (The application is online only) Applications are due Dec. 15. Contact information is available on the application for those who have questions.  Newsroom 101 is an award-winning apprentice program presented by The Oklahoman. It began in 1994 and has won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers twice, most recently in 2006, and has been a finalist eight times. Students in grades 9 through 12 or the homeschool equivalent living in Oklahoma are eligible to participate.

  • Budget cuts hurt SoonerCare, official warns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    Cutting the rate that doctors and other medical professionals are paid to deliver care to SoonerCare members hurts not only the providers but also the patients, a state health leader told lawmakers Monday.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency votes to cut provider rates

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com. | Published: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state's Medicaid program, gave its proposal for how the agency can save money in fiscal year 2017.

  • Less than half of adult Oklahomans who need mental health services get them, leader says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    Thousands of low-income, uninsured Oklahomans do not receive the mental health and substance abuse treatment they need, a problem that continues to worsen over time thanks to a chronically underfunded state mental health system, a state health leader said Wednesday.

  • 'Good Samaritan' law for overdose victims is expected in next Oklahoma legislative session

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Oklahoma health leaders will support a "Good Samaritan" law in the coming legislative session that would provide some legal protections to people who seek emergency medical help for drug overdoses.

  • OKC Thunder fan brings joy to Children's Hospital patients

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Wanda Faye Campbell, 83, donated more than 350 knit hats Monday to the young patients at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Some also will receive blankets in what has become a yearly tradition for the Oklahoma City Thunder fan from Healdton.

  • Costello family struggled for years to help son with mental illness, long before tragedy at Braum's

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Dec 7, 2015

    Christian Costello, 27, who is accused of killing his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, was in and out of treatment centers for mental illness for years, his mother, Cathy Costello says.

  • Former Oklahoma House Speaker: Oklahoma County jail is a 'debtor's prison'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and William Crum | Updated: Wed, Dec 2, 2015

    Panelists discussed criminal justice reform at a Greater Oklahoma City Chamber-sponsored forum Wednesday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Jon Tarman

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Jon Tarman, 42,  of Oklahoma City, considers volunteering a crucial part of his self-care plan in his recovery from mental health issues.  Tarman volunteers at Lottie House, a drop-in center in Oklahoma City for adults living with mental illness, substance use disorders or homelessness. As a volunteer certified recovery support specialist, Tarman helps promote a safe and inviting environment at Lottie House with the goal of helping reduce isolation among Lottie House visitors, a common problem that people with mental illnesses can face.

  • Soni Parsons, Giving more than thanks

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Counselor helps homeless people.

  • Oklahoma's youth drug overdose death rate has tripled over the past decade

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Oklahoma had the 14th highest rate of youth drug overdose deaths in the nation from 2011 to 2013, with a rate of nine deaths per 100,000 youth, ages 12 to 25, according to a report released Thursday. Meanwhile, the national rate was seven deaths per 100,000. Additionally, Oklahoma was one of 12 states that saw its youth drug overdose death rate triple over the past 10 years. The increase in youth drug overdose deaths is largely tied to increases in prescription drug misuse and the related doubling in heroin use by 18- to 25-year-olds in the past 10 years, according to the report from Trust for America's Health. An estimated 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription

  • Oklahoma hospital fights Blue Cross over insurance contract

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove The Oklahoman Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Bristow Medical Center opened the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence in Jenks in July, but is unable to accept Blue Cross patients because the insurer has so far denied the hospital a contract.

  • Too many Oklahoma babies born too soon, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    One out of every 10 babies born in Oklahoma in 2014 were born preterm, putting them at a higher risk for developing serious health complications and dying before their first birthday, a report released Thursday shows. Oklahoma received a "C" from the March of Dimes in the the organization's annual report about preterm birth rate. "Our state is not doing as well as we could in preventing premature births, and too many of our babies must fight to overcome the health challenges of an early birth," Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, a neonatologist The Children’s Hospital, said in a news release. "Premature birth is the No. 1 killer of babies, and many of our families still face that reality.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers look at Rx painkillers that have abuse deterrents

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Oklahoma Lawmakers on Wednesday met for an interim study on opioid painkillers with abuse-deterrent properties. These properties would include safeguards to deter crushing and snorting pills, which could range from making the pill more difficult to crush to changing the consistency of the drug once it is crushed.

  • Oklahoma's next mental health debate: assisted outpatient treatment

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Over the next few months, mental health advocates will push for state lawmakers to pass laws regarding a type of mental health treatment that isn't often used in Oklahoma, known as assisted outpatient treatment.  Assisted outpatient treatment is court-ordered treatment, including medication, for people with severe mental illness who meet strict legal criteria, such as having a history of refusing to take medication.  Mental health advocates will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol at a Senate interim study, focused on assisted outpatient treatment and other mental health treatment strategies that Oklahoma could consider. You can watch a live stream during the hearing here.

  • Lawmakers discuss adding safeguards to deter crushing, snorting prescription painkillers

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    A group of lawmakers Wednesday held an interim study on the effectiveness of adding abuse-deterrent properties to opioid painkillers.

  • Without reform, Oklahomans with mental illnesses will continue to struggle to find care, leaders say

    BY Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Mental health advocates spoke Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol about assisted outpatient treatment, a type of court-ordered mental health treatment for residents diagnosed with mental illnesses who have been resistant to care.

  • Oklahoma mental health commissioner, Oklahoma County DA speak at online forum on mental illness, addiction

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Terry White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and Oklahoma County DA David Prater were among the panelists who spoke Monday during an online forum about the stigma of mental illness and addiction.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:02 PM A story I wrote last summer about vaccines -- More are 'opting out' of childhood vaccinations in Oklahoma https://t.co/OQUCPuaXIB
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:51 AM Listen: The history of mental health care in Oklahoma https://t.co/2UEUJYpZbe #mhinOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:10 AM @keatonfox That's wonderful! I am happy to share sources. The more of us writing about this, the better. :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 7:38 AM RT @KOSUMichaelC: Don't miss my conversation with @jaclyncosgrove on the state of Mental Health in OK at 7:45 on @KOSURadio
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 04:13:04 PM CST RT @thecitysentinel: 'Epidemic Ignored': Oklahoma treats its mental health system without care https://t.co/YVcOpfkqvy @jaclyncosgrove http
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 01:45:19 PM CST I'll be on @KOSURadio tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. & 8:45 a.m. talking about my @CarterCenter mental health history piece: https://t.co/5I7veaZgs0
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:16:27 AM CST Check out this podcast for more context of my "Epidemic Ignored" project. Thanks :) #mhinok https://t.co/v6qFB3VfiZ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Feb. 08 2016 11:15:27 AM CST RT @NAMIEDOK: Panel looks at effect of cuts on Oklahoma mental health agency @NewsOK via @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/bve1CKJng7
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:09:46 PM CST @donald_stotts @TheHubBubImprov Thanks :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:08:31 PM CST RT @OklahomaWatch: More bad budget news may come from OMES next week: "There is legitimate reason for concern about a second FY 2016 revenu
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 02:00:13 PM CST Commercial flights coming to Stillwater in August https://t.co/3iT2quiNLI via @ocolly
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Feb. 05 2016 09:36:16 AM CST Sage advice from a recent interview. This might be a new life mantra for me. #advice #igersokchttps://t.co/2tl7PwPfUa
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 06:42:02 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: .@OwenCanfield is introducing the candidates. Here's @TimWillert1's story on their backgrounds: https://t.co/EGE4CpQhiL #
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 12:53:45 PM CST I'm performing improv at 7:30 tonight with @TheHubBubImprov at @DistrictHouse. Because reporters need laughs, too. Join us!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Feb. 04 2016 07:53:29 AM CST #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility https://t.co/RI64EYqBLG
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:52:02 PM CST @MHAOKLA Thanks! 👍
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:51:22 PM CST @mdotcarney No.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:50:11 PM CST RT @Prison_Health: Oklahoma treats its mental health system without care https://t.co/QNGTwhjLoW MT @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/WnH0luMhVg
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Feb. 03 2016 05:57:49 PM CST There's a lot of terrible in the world. But there are also miniature donkeys. https://t.co/uaATVMB9mA

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