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For Release:  April 19, 2011 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601

Regional Child Guidance Center Services Available in 16 Counties

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today the completion of the reorganization of the Child Guidance program in Oklahoma. Under the new system, child guidance clinicians are providing center-based services at 16 Child Guidance Centers located in the county health departments of the following counties: Bryan, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Garfield, Kay, LeFlore, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, and Woodward counties.

Under the theme “Child Guidance: Where Families Find Solutions,” services to families are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team composed of a child development specialist, speech/language pathologist, and psychological clinician. Services are targeted for children birth to age 13 and are designed to enhance child development and build healthy family relationships.  Services include early intervention and prevention services for young children and their parents, screening and developmental assessments, identification and treatment of communication disorders, psychological assessment, and intervention and counseling for children and their families. The Child Guidance program also provides training for the general public as well as for professionals working with young children and their families.

“While we have reduced the overall number of sites across the state, we have more sites with comprehensive, multidisciplinary services than we did previously. We have streamlined our locations and procedures for accessing our clinicians so that clients can be better served through our specialized services,” said Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Terry Cline. “Child Guidance staff continue to provide on-site consultation to child care centers, schools, Head Start centers and other professionals while being actively involved in community activities.”

Fees are charged for Child Guidance services based on a sliding fee scale that assesses family income and size. Families are not denied Child Guidance services or subjected to any variation in quality or delivery of services because of an inability to pay.  Child Guidance services are also covered under Sooner Care. The schedule of fees is consistent with Medicaid rates established by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

To learn more about OSDH Child Guidance Centers call 405-/271-4477, or visit http://cgp.health.ok.gov.

 

 

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