Children’s Behavioral Health

Supporting a Systems of Care Approach for Accessible Services

The Tulsa Partnership for Children’s Behavioral Health provides leadership and ongoing collaboration to support an accessible system of care for children, youth, and families, ensuring emotional, behavioral and social wellness by promoting family-driven integrated comprehensive services. 

News & Highlights

1.23.17 | Dr. CJ Huff from Bright Futures, USA was the speaker at our January 2017 TPCBH meeting. Dr. Huff presented a case study in which Bright Futures strategies greatly improved student success in a high poverty school district in Joplin, MO. Read more about Dr. Huff’s work and the Broader Bolder Approach to Education.

10.14.16 | Robin Hicks, Program Manager for Children’s Behavioral Health, collaborated this past year with IDTA, Tulsa County Juvenile Division District Judges, DHS, ODMHSAS and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers to pioneer a new drug testing protocol, first identifying issues within our child welfare system, such as the ongoing needs of families involved affected by substance abuse.

We believe all services should be:

  • Child-centered and family-focused, with the needs of the child and family dictating the types and mix of services provided;
  • Community-based, with the locus of services as well as management and decision-making responsibility resting
    at the community level;
  • Culturally competent, with agencies, programs and services that are responsive to the cultural, racial and ethnic differences of the populations they serve

Our Work

  • Knowledge-based leadership and advocacy to support local child-serving agencies to provide the most integrated array of relevant services available to every child, youth and family;
  • Education and support to integrated care through Oklahoma’s Mental Health Home
  • Improvements to the safety, well-being and permanency of the 1,450 children in Tulsa County’s Child Welfare System
  • Community meetings providing updates on behavioral health community services and events. Date, time and locations will be announced. All are welcome. Email Robin Hicks for the location and time of the next Tulsa Partnership for Children’s Behavioral Health community meeting. 

For More Information

Robin Hicks, LPC, LADC

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

Our Partners

  • Mental health home and wrap-around providers
  • Tulsa County Juvenile Court
  • Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services Child Welfare
  • Children, youth and families
  • Local university representatives
  • Local public school district leadership


Our team has compiled a list of recommended resources related to children’s behavioral health:

Children’s Behavioral Health Resources >

Recent Results

  • Providing a collective voice and collaboration to insure the continuation of school-based mental health services for children in Oklahoma.
  • Facilitated the Model Court technical assistance grant awarded to Judge Doris Fransein in 2014 by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Tulsa Model Court Implementation Project recognizes the need to assure safe and permanent homes for Tulsa Counties’ 1,450 abused and neglected children and the prominent role of the judiciary in this process. The Model Court Implementation Sites engages selected jurisdictions in cutting-edge program, policy, and initiative development to fulfill the goal of improving the outcomes for children in care.
  • National Council of Substance Abuse in Child Welfare (NCSAC) Intensive Technical Assistance Grant (IDTA) from SAMSHA ODMHSAS. Improving access to appropriate and timely substance abuse treatment for family members with substance abuse with children in the Child Welfare System.
  • Facilitating a collaboration between Child Welfare, Courts, and Substance use disorder treatment providers in designing a drug detection protocol that is based on established science, best practice and cost efficiency.
  • The Tulsa County Cross System Youth Project is a partnership between Family & Children’s Services, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Department of Human Services Child Welfare and CSC Children’s Behavioral Health to provide support for 25 to 30 youth, ages 8-18, in Child Welfare with multiple disrupted placements and presenting the most challenging mental health needs.

Current Priorities

  • Improving access to care for children, youth and families without appropriate services. Poor children and children of color are particularly at risk for poor outcomes in all developmental and societal areas
  • Providing educational opportunities for schools, courts, social service providers and families on trauma and trauma responsiveness
  • Providing a monthly newsletter regarding events and information about Children’s Behavioral Health
  • Representing Tulsa Partnership for Children’s Behavioral Health as a voting member of the State Systems of Care Advisory Team
  • Reestablishing the School Based Mental Health Work Group in partnership with CSC’s Center for Community School Strategies and NAMI
  • Continuing our collaboration with Child Welfare, the Courts, and Treatment Providers to improve drug detection protocols, early treatment intervention, permanency placement, and consistency with communication among those involved
  • Continuing our work with youth involved in the Tulsa Cross Systems Project
  • Educating the community about Mental Health Homes and how to access these services

Improving Oklahomans’ Lives Through Research, Planning and Action