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.


  • Upcoming discussion will focus on mental illness, addiction

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Oklahomans in recovery for mental illness and addiction will share their stories at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at District House, 1755 NW 16, during an event hosted by The Oklahoman.

  • About 'Epidemic Ignored'

    Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    “Epidemic Ignored” is a yearlong investigation into Oklahoma’s mental health system by The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove.

  • Mental illness and addiction is focus of Oklahoma City event

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Oklahomans in recovery for mental illness and addiction will share their stories at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at District House, 1755 NW 16, during an event hosted by The Oklahoman.

  • Oklahoma mental health agency considers cutting private-practice counselors from SoonerCare

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Under the proposed rule change for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, licensed behavioral health professionals — including licensed marriage and family therapists, behavioral practitioners, professional counselors, and alcohol and drug counselors — who work in private practice would no longer be covered under SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program for low-income children and adults.

  • Integris Health announces partnership with Mayo Clinic

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Integris Health announced Thursday that it will join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a system that connects physicians across the U.S. with other specialists who can offer guidance, among other services.

  • Oklahoma continues to see high teen birth rate, despite historic low rates in U.S.

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Oklahoma continues to see one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, despite progress made to decrease that rate, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Oklahoma was among 21 states that saw its birth rate among girls and women ages 15 to 19 decrease between 30 percent and 39.9 percent from 2007 to 2014. The U.S. overall saw a 42 percent decrease. That decline meant a historic low in 2014 for the number of U.S. teenage girls giving birth, continuing a downward trend in teen birth rates since 1991, BuzzFeed reports. However, despite progress seen in the state, Oklahoma's birth rate in 2014 among teenage girls ages 15 to 17 was one of the highest in the

  • Weather mix, quakes greet Edmond visitors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Dec 29, 2015

    EDMOND — As Kim Burrows and her family crossed over the Red River into Oklahoma, they could see dark clouds forming. On their way to Edmond to visit family, they faced torrential rains on the interstate. Then came the ice and snow once they arrived. And then, the earthquakes. When the first earthquake hit Sunday night, the family wasn't quite sure what was happening. Burrows and her family peeked out their hotel room doors to find other curious hotel guests. “Grandma — my mom — thought it was a bunch of big ol' football teenage boys running up and down the hall, so she was going out to say, ‘Settle down!'” said Burrows, 44, of Kingwood, Texas. And then they felt their second quake Tuesday,

  • Healthy 65: Five ways to stay on your workout schedule during the holidays

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    I am 97 percent sure the following scenario has happened to me. I take a break from my exercise plan, telling myself it'll be "just during the holidays." Then I realize it's March, and I haven't been to the gym in weeks. It is surprisingly easy to slip in and out of the habit of exercising.  Although the holiday season is likely throwing your schedule off, here are some pointers to better ensure you stick with your healthy habits during this hectic time of year. 1. Make it it a priority This might sound really basic. And in theory, it is. But in practice, it can be a challenge. There are gifts to be wrapped. There are pies to be baked. There are so many things

  • 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

  • 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




Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 10:39:51 PM CST More than 300 Oklahomans rally at the Capitol to tell state lawmakers that 'Medicaid matters' https://t.co/Ntt6TDmt6r #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 09:54:19 PM CST RT @CarterCenter: Via current Rosalynn #CarterFellow @jaclyncosgrove https://t.co/kl15W3rN4q
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 03:12:12 PM CST @OKPolicy Thank you for sharing!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 03:12:05 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: Latest powerful reporting from @jaclyncosgrove: Prisons have become today’s psychiatric hospitals https://t.co/2oz4GgRtVp
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 02:45:02 PM CST Spotted this ribbon at #MedicaidMatters rally. I wrote about the Rebalancing Act recently: https://t.co/IO16XLuguN https://t.co/SJUTiukawi
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 02:40:06 PM CST Lori's son receives independent living training, thanks to Medicaid. Budget cuts could affect that #medicaidmatters https://t.co/4M9RVhLk7q
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 02:36:10 PM CST A few nurses who were at the #medicaidmatters rally today. https://t.co/iZQsHQRB02
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 02:32:36 PM CST RT @NickNehamas: Tampa Bay Times purchases Tampa Tribune. At least 100 of 265 people will lose their jobs https://t.co/OdCP4QmbHm via @TB_T…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 01:27:37 PM CST Oklahoma child wait years for medical services covered under TEFRA . (Context: https://t.co/ccljGSNJa0) https://t.co/soGiJobJ0C
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:53:52 AM CST @dblattok: Lawmakers should support cigarette tax increase and roll back the income tax break that doesn't help most Okies #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:52:19 AM CST .@dblattok talks about how Oklahoma had a budget crisis before energy crisis. Tax breaks have hurt the budget #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:50:40 AM CST #MedicaidMatters Day at the Capitol. https://t.co/0ajdqTcRg1
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:46:48 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK: Many legislators are supporting $30M for mental health system #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:46:05 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK: The dilemma we have is @ODMHSASINFO has had to cut $23M out of mental health system #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:45:15 AM CST .@TerriWhiteOK says she's excited to see so many people at the Capitol to show that health care is most pressing issue #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:43:56 AM CST .@jonechols says Legislature is looking at how to give @oksoonercare $100 million. #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:43:05 AM CST .@jonechols: "You are not an interruption in a legislator's day. You are the reason for their day. Your voice matters." #MedicaidMatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:40:37 AM CST .@Nico405 says bottom line is not a number. It's a person and determining how to "love and care for our neighbors" #medicaidmatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:40:06 AM CST .@Nico405: "Cuts are not an option. We don't want to do them." Promotes Medicaid Rebalancing Act. #medicaidmatters
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, May. 03 2016 11:38:47 AM CST .@Nico405 is at the podium."It's encouraging to know others are willing to step out and" look for solutions #MedicaidMatters

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