Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services – Carrie Slatton-Hodges

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Carrie Slatton-Hodges is currently serving as the Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Prior to her current role, Carrie served 12 years as the Deputy Commissioner for ODMHSAS, overseeing treatment and recovery services through state operated and contracted treatment providers statewide. In this role, Carrie managed budgets, oversaw contracts, streamlined policy, developed cutting-edge programs, cultivated the workforce, expanded partnerships and integrated evidence based practices across the State.

Carrie has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor for 29 years, Carrie has hands-on experience in the field of mental health, holding a variety of clinical and administrative positions, in both the public and private sectors, delivering and managing all aspects of behavioral health services in rural and urban settings including the role of Chief Operating Officer at Oklahoma’s largest Community Mental Health Center.

Carrie has transformed the delivery of treatment services through innovative programming and strategically leveraging resources to improve Oklahoma’s behavioral health, including the launch of Urgent Behavioral Health Care Centers, integrating Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Centers, developing a system of ambulatory detoxification services, and transitioning to an outcome based payment system for Community Behavioral Health Centers. Carrie has a strong commitment to mental health and addiction recovery for Oklahomans and believes we all deserve to
live a valuable, productive life in the community

Chair of the Day

Julia Jernigan-Smith is the owner of Creative Capitol Strategies, a government relations firm in addition to being the Executive Director of Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association, a trade association made up of private mental health and addiction treatment providers. Mrs. Jernigan has worked with the Oklahoma house and senate to fundraise for various PACs, individual members and for a nonprofit that works in grassroots advocacy for mental health. Julia is on the Board of Directors for the 111 project, IMPACT Oklahoma, Pivot and Autism Foundation, while volunteering for various organizations in her community. Julia’s achievements in her field have earned her recognition from the Oklahoma’s 30 under 30, alumni status for OKC’s Loyal program and Leadership Exchange Academy. She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, two dogs and a few farm animals.


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