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Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma struggling to meet patient needs after vandalism

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 18:10:36-04

TULSA, Okla. — Jon Powell found the damage last week: batteries cut out of two vans, and fuel lines slashed below three of them.

This came while two other vans were in the shop, putting them entirely out of service, struggling to help patients make appointments and get medication.

"Having the ability to help other people yanked away from you is almost a traumatic experience. But fortunately our philosophy here is that we try to be solution-focused," Counseling and Recovery Services lead case manager Jon Powell said.

Right now they're only able to help about 2/3 of their usual patients. Last week the non-profit went days without any van access.

"It completely disabled our fleet last week which interfered with our ability to do any of those things. Fortunately we had a great crew here that banded together. We were able to provide some of the services through case managers and drivers using their private vehicles to get people in," Powell said.

Currently two vans are out of service and staff expect with funding challenges it could be weeks before things get back to normal.

"We have one van that's working right now that we can transport clients in. If anything goes wrong with that then we don't have any transportation for our clients. We're not really sure when we'll be able to fix the vans that were vandalized," Counseling and Recovery Services manager of specialty services Sarah Phillips said.

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