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Drug Treatment Programs in Oklahoma City Split
Drug treatment programs in Oklahoma City will place new guidelines on educational requirements for counselors to ensure that people who need assistance receive the best care possible.
In 2016, there were 813 people who died from drug-related overdoses in Oklahoma, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There has been a budget issue struggle in Oklahoma as most of the proposed budget cuts were aimed at drug treatment programs. One of the organizations that are feeling the budget pressure is the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The Oklahoma Department of Health also were forced to cut services.
Oklahoma citizens who endure multiple addictions need drug treatment programs that have the services available along with the counselors to tend to co-occurring disorders they are struggling with.
Drug treatment programs in Oklahoma all have counselors who care for patients with substance abuse but the new regulations might disallow a few to continue.
A vote was cast on rule changes last Friday by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services board. The goal of the board was to state who should be allowed to have access to people who are in drug treatment programs.
Now the requirement will be that drug treatment programs in Oklahoma will have to require specialists only with a master's degree.
Those who oppose this vote stated that it will lead to a bigger shortage of counselors than before. People who favor the rule changes indicated that it will ensure the best care possible in drug treatment programs in Oklahoma.