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National Report Ranks Oklahoma as a Top State for Mental Health Services

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Over the past three years, Oklahoma has risen from a "D" to a "B" grade in the 2009 National Alliance on Mental Illness' Grading the States Report -- a state-by-state assessment of the nation's public mental health care system.(1) Oklahoma showed the greatest improvement in the nation and is heads above the national average grade of "D."(1)

Oklahoma's report card featured several of the state's innovations in mental health services, including SoonerPSYCH (Sooner Prescription Solutions for Your Cognitive Health) - a Medicaid prescription management program.(1) An analysis of 2007 data from SoonerPSYCH shows the program has helped increase the quality of care for Oklahoma residents with severe mental illness while helping lower health care costs.(2)

SoonerPSYCH was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) and Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) in collaboration with clinical research firm Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. Lilly, an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company, provides funding for this program to promote excellence in patient care. Operation and implementation of the program is done solely by the states and Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.

Improving Quality of Care

The four goals of SoonerPSYCH are to improve continuity of patient care, eliminate redundant treatments, coordinate care among health care providers, and decrease risks associated with inappropriate medication use. An analysis(2) of the program's provider outreach in 2007 showed a

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