The Oklahoma State Department of Health, through its system of local health services delivery, is ultimately responsible for protecting and improving the public's health status through strategies that focus on preventing disease. Three major service branches, Community & Family Health Services, Prevention & Preparedness Services and Protective Health Services, provide technical support and guidance to 68 county health departments as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development, Statewide Access to Care Planning division, provides support and technical assistance to FQHCs in order to aid in the enhancement of primary care services in underserved urban and rural communities.
FQHCS are non-profit organizations or public entities that receive grants under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. They are a critical safety net for Oklahoma's uninsured population, as they provide comprehensive primary care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
FQHCs across the state differ in the primary health services they provide, and many extend beyond medical services to include oral health, behavioral health, substance abuse services, and non-clinical enabling services.
FQHCs must be located in or serve a high-need community, specifically a federally designated, medically underserved area or population. (MUA/MUP).
The Department of Mental Health serves as a hub for Mental Health, Prevention and Substance abuse through its Community Mental Health Centers.
1200 NE 13th Street, PO Box 53277
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3277
405-522-3908 | 405-522-3851 TDD | 405-522-3650 Fax | Toll-Free, 24 Hours 1-800-522-9054
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is the primary entity in the state of Oklahoma charged with controlling costs of state-purchased health care. The agency must balance this fiscal responsibility with two, equally important goals:
- Assuring that state-purchased health care meets acceptable standards of care;
- Ensuring that citizens of Oklahoma who rely on state-purchased health care are served in a progressive and positive system.
The OHCA is located in the Lincoln Center, just north of the state capitol.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4345 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Phone: 405-522-7300
DHS provides a wide range of assistance programs to help Oklahomans in need including: food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are aging; adult protective services; child welfare programs; child support services; and child care assistance, licensing and monitoring. DHS also handles applications and eligibility for Sooner Care, the state’s Medicaid program offering health care to families with low incomes.