State of Addiction: Department of Mental Health wish list tops $144 million to fund all needs

Terri White's wish list for her agency is contained in an ambitious 10-point budget request that would cost the state an additional $144 million if everything were to be filled.

BY GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World Modified: March 13, 2012 at 1:12 am •  Published: March 13, 2012
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Terri White's wish list for her agency is contained in an ambitious 10-point budget request that would cost the state an additional $144 million if everything were to be filled.

The director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services rattles off the state's dire statistics and national standings in addiction, health and treatment.

That includes being No. 1 in illegal use of prescription painkillers, No. 21 in methamphetamine addiction, and in the top tier regionally in people who need substance abuse treatment and don't get it.

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