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Community response to Shadow Mountain closure

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 22:34:09-04

TULSA — The recent closure of Tulsa's Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health system has left few options for families seeking care.

Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System closed July 5 and they say their top priority now is the safe and seamless transition of patients to a safe and appropriate environment.

"This is just one more entity for mental health and young people that have just shuttered,” Conway said.

Gregg Conway is the CEO of the Tulsa Boys Home and his organization takes in teens dealing with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse problems, the same kinds of kids previously referred to Shadow Mountain.

"Shadow Mountain played an important and specific role in the community for teenagers and all young people that have mental health, emotional types of issues," Conway said.

Conway says many facilities that specialize in the care of acute mental health issues for youth have closed over the years in Oklahoma.

He says the closure of Shadow Mountain won't leave many options for families.

"The concern is going to be resources for other people in the community like parents and legal guardians to have custody of children who are boys and girls who have acute mental health needs," Conway.

Therapist Jaylee Miller says parents are the original therapists.

"A part of my thing being a therapist, sometimes I wonder if parents were more involved with their kids or asking more questions or if they were more dinner around the table was happening," Miller said.

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