• September 2019

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    Ongoing discussion with DHS about partnership.

    EmbraceOKC Data and Reporting Committee developed and schedule of ongoing meetings to develop procedures for funding, financial tracking, data collection and outcome measurements.  

    Presentations regarding Handle with Care was provided at the Association of Chief of Police, State Department of Education and to Norman Public Schools.

    Article in the Oklahoman: Community leaders work to address childhood trauma, psychological distress

    Article Link: https://oklahoman.com/article/5641185/community-leaders-work-to-address-childhood-trauma-psychological-distress

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  • August 2019

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    August 21, 2019, EmbraceOKC reception.

    Fund raising plan, discussions, calls and visits.

    All district Social Workers are re-aligned to Student Support Services.  Social Workers can be assigned an average of 4 buildings each.  OU School of Social Work practicum students reported for 9 month practicum with distict staff.

    Meetings with DHS to discuss partnership between agencies.

    Elementary Counselors are implementing Second step in all elmentary schools.  The plan is to provide weekly in every 1st-4th grade class.

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  • June - July 2019

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    EmbraceOKC presentation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma Women's Leadership Society.

    Meeting with Potts Family Foundation to discuss EmbraceOKC, trauma and involvement.

    Handle with Care presentation in Prague,Ok.

    Review of district crisis protocols.

    Discussion and demo of tele-health.  Possibility of tele-health settings in identified schools to address physical and mental health.

    Expectations and procedures defined for elementary counselors

    Discussions regarding re-organization of district Social Workers.

    Ongoing meetings with potential community partner agencies.


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  • May 2019

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    Continued interviews and hiring of new counselor staff.

    Continued meetings with ODMHSAS, United Way of Central OK and OKCPS

    EmbraceOKC presentation to Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

    Director of Mental Health hired.  Welcome Dr. Kenneth Elliott.


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  • April 2019

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    Handle with Care presentation in Canadian County.

    Meeting with Norman Public Schools and police department to discuss Handle with Care.  Follow up meeting with Norman to discuss the development and implementation of EmbraceOKC.

    Refinement of plan and budget.

    Ongoing training: Mental Health First Aid, trauma, Compassion Fatigue ann Psychological First Aid.


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  • March 2019

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    Began process to post and fill all School Counselor positions for 2019-2020 school year.

    Posted the Director of Mental Health position.  The Director will supervise the Elementary Counselors, Social Workers and daily mental health activities.

    Ongoing meetings between Untited Way, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and OKC Public Schools.  

    EmbraceOKC presentation to the Foster Care Task Force.


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