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Governor Says No To Proposed Mental Health Rules Barring SoonerCare Payments to Private Therapists

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanks to all who wrote letters, told stories, made phone calls, and advocated for independent providers to see SoonerCare clients.  Governor Fallin released a statement today stating she would prohibit the adoption of the proposed rule changes.

“There are no cost savings to be realized if thousands of children simply switch providers,” Fallin said. “There are, however, the very real possibilities of delayed access and duplicative services having to be performed while practitioners become familiar with new clients. This also would have caused unnecessary trauma for foster children who may have to recount histories of physical and/or sexual abuse to new therapists, and try to establish trust in yet another adult authority figure.”

To view a copy of the governor’s notification, click here.

Thanks to all the professionals who advocated for the children, their families, and our profession.  A HUGE thank you to all the foster care families and consumers who worked hard to defeat this proposal!

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