About Us

NorthCare offers a variety of services for children, adults, and families, designed to help you, your child, and your family recover from mental illness, substance use, trauma, or crisis to live a life in recovery.

NorthCare does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

NorthCare is a leading provider of integrated behavioral health services for Oklahomans living with mental illness, trauma, and addiction. Today, we provide more than 20 trauma-informed programs for Oklahomans of all ages throughout all of central Oklahoma and neighboring counties.

Our philosophy, guided by the five trauma-informed principles, is to provide expert, comprehensive behavioral health treatment to Oklahomans by offering:

Choices for an individualized approach that addresses specific concerns and needs.

Empowerment by setting individual goals to increase personal responsibility and achieve objectives.

Collaboration to ensure that you and our team of experts are real partners.

Safety to support a safe and welcoming environment.

Trust that we will provide continuity of care and navigation to address your whole health needs.

NorthCare is a place for hope and recovery.  Known locally and nationally, the center delivers innovative and effective services for individuals and families.

Incorporated as a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1980, NorthCare is governed by a community-based board of directors. Located in the heart of Oklahoma, the center provides social services and behavioral health care to the community while ensuring care to those most in need.

  • History of Northcare

We began providing home-based services to children and families

Began a contract with OKDHS to provide home-based services to families involved with Child Welfare or CRCS (juvenile delinquency) divisions.

Began contracts with OKDHS and Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs (OJA) to provide services to children in state custody in several counties across Central Oklahoma.

Merged with Community Counseling Center, Oklahoma’s first and oldest Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).

Became a United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency

Partnered with Red Rock Behavioral Health Center, Inc. to form NorthRock Medication Clinic, Inc., a collaboration that supports medication access for low-income and uninsured clients at both agencies.

Contracted with Oklahoma Department of Corrections (OKDoC) to provide community-based treatment programs to justice-involved persons as an alternative to incarceration.

Became the state’s largest Family Preservation Services (FPS) provider, serving 42 counties across Oklahoma through an expanded contract with OKDHS.

Partnered with Variety Care, FQHC to provide integrated primary and behavioral healthcare services at NorthCare’s Oklahoma City location.

Received federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Integrated and Primary Health project for its collaboration with Variety Care, FQHC.

Recognized by SAMHSA as one of the top four CMHC’s in the nation for our use of child mental health outcome monitoring.

Joined an interagency collaboration with public and private entities to design and implement a community-based prison-diversion program for mothers with young children involved with the justice-system: ReMerge. NorthCare continues to provide behavioral health treatment services to ReMerge participants today.

Partnered with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and the Veterans Administration (VA) to develop a Veteran’s Diversion program.

Received one of seven federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide services to strengthen kinship placements and reduce state dependence on foster care.

    • For more information on Family KINnections (would link to FK page requested by DHS).

Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition (OMHAC) moved to NorthCare.

Purchased 23 acres of property on General Pershing Blvd. in OKC.

Partnered with ODMHSAS to construct and open Oklahoma’s first urgent behavioral health center, Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center (OCCIC) as first agency on its wellness campus.

Moved into our new Outpatient Services building on General Pershing Blvd., co-locating several agencies and services, including Variety Care, lab services, pharmacy, Legal Aid Services, and a café.

Merged with Eagle Ridge Family Treatment Center (now the NorthCare Family Treatment Center).

Launched Q Space, an LGBTQ+ youth outreach center offering support groups and education opportunities.

Implemented a federal demonstration project for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC), funded by SAMHSA. This marked the start of a transformation for community mental health centers that revolutionizes care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

      • For more information on the CCBHC transformation, CCBHC.pdf.

Launched Parent Partners program, a mentor and support program for parents involved with DHS to successfully navigate the process.

Broke ground on the Family TREE (link to website).

Opened the second of four senior wellness centers in OKC through the maps3 initiative. The NorthCare Pete White Health and Wellness Center offers a wellness community for individuals aged 50 and better in OKC, empowering them to live their best years without limits.

Expanded our Intensive Safety Services program into 47 counties.

Relocated our Guthrie Outpatient Services to the new NorthCare Family Treatment Center location to enhance care coordination.

More About NorthCare

As a “safety net” provider, NorthCare provides services to individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay.  It is estimated that 70% of individuals receiving services have no insurance coverage.

In addition NorthCare provides behavioral health treatment services to those in the criminal justice system restoring these individuals to the community through services and intensive supports:

  • ReMerge is an interagency collaboration with public and private entities to design and implement a community-based prison-diversion program for mothers with young children involved with the justice-system.
  • The Veteran’s Diversion program is a partnership with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and the Veterans Administration (VA) to develop.
  • NorthCare Family Treatment Center is residential substance abuse treatment for women and their children. This program providing up to six months of treatment has beds dedicated to serving women leaving the Department of Corrections.

NorthCare is one of first three centers in Oklahoma designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Only eight states in the nation were selected to participated in the national initiative to improve and expand access to mental health and substance abuse services. The development of CCBHCs in 2017 marked the start of a transformation for community mental health centers that revolutionizes care for the most vulnerable in our community.

What is a CCBHC? CCBHCs provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals. CCBHCs provide nine types of services, with an emphasis on the provision of both substance use and mental health care, 24-hour crisis care, evidence-based practices, and care coordination.

NorthCare is committed to being trauma informed; understanding the effects of trauma including but not limited to physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect, disasters; and implementing emerging culturally competent best practices in trauma treatment. NorthCare is dedicated to recognizing and responding to the needs of individuals living with mental illness and substance abuse and their families and believes that all adults and children who request services, regardless of which “door” they enter, should be assessed for trauma.

Through the use of NorthCare services, consumers and families have an opportunity to achieve an enhanced quality of life by easing emotional pain and suffering, breaking dysfunctional patterns in families and assisting to minimize and/or prevent the development of more long-term and persistent mental illness. All services are recovery oriented, co-occurring capable, trauma informed, strengths based and culturally competent with consumers and providers working as partners in treatment.

Utilization of evidence-based practice of care is the primary methodol by which NorthCare provides services.  These are therapeutic interventions that have documented approach and outcomes.

Here are some examples of evidence-base practice offered by NorthCare:

  • trauma (for children and youth, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or TF-CBT, and for adults, Cognitive Processing Therapy or CPT, The Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model or TREM, and Seeking Safety);
  • behavioral problems in children (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT and Parent Management Training);
  • young children’s social/emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors in childcare settings(Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation);
  • maladaptive dynamics in families ( Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy and other Family Systems Models);
  • mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders (for adults, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT, Motivational Interviewing, and a milieu of Substance-Abuse Recovery Groups),
  • For populations at risk for re-hospitalization and self-harming behaviors (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT).
  • Suicidal ideation (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality CAMS).
  • Jail and prison diversion programs utilize the treatment manual “Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment” and Moral Reconation Therapy.

Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance abuse disorders is a process of change.  Rather than just providing treatment, behavioral health services are to help people to achieve their full potential in life.

According to Mentalhealth.gov, there are four major dimensions support life in recovery:

  • Health: Make informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
  • Home: Have a stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose: Engage in meaningful daily activities, such as a job or school, volunteering, caring for your family, or being creative. Work for independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community: Build relationships and social networks that provide support.

Families have complex needs requiring a diverse service array.  NorthCare began providing home-based services to children and families in the 1980s.  Today NorthCare offers numerous programs and services to improve the well-being of vulnerable children and their families.  Youth and child services include wraparound, LGBTQ support groups and mobile crisis team.

Through a partnership with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, interventions such as Intensive Safety Services, Comprehensive Home-based Services (CHBS) are designed to support families, children and caregivers in 45 counties in central and western Oklahoma.

NorthCare partners with Variety Care, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC) to provide integrated primary and behavioral healthcare services in the Oklahoma City area. In 2009, the partnership received federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Integrated and Primary Health project.

To improve costs and access to medication, NorthCare began partnering to operate on-site pharmacies.  The NorthCare pharmacy has become an important services and is operating in three locations.

In 2018 NorthCare Pete White Health and Wellness Center was opened as one of the MAPS 3 senior wellness centers in Oklahoma City. The center offers exercise and fitness programs for individuals aged 50 and better, empowering them to live their best years without limits.

Multiple innovative programs have been developed to meet the needs of the state and community. Here are a few examples:

  • Q Space, an LGBTQ+ youth outreach center offers support groups and education opportunities was developed in 2017.
  • Partnered with ODMHSAS to construct and open Oklahoma’s first urgent behavioral health center.
  • In 2012 NorthCare launched the Family KINnections through a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program provide services to strengthen kinship placements and reduce state dependence on foster care. For participating children, 89% are less likely to experience placement disruption
  • OUTCOMES

    In Fiscal Year 2020, NorthCare provided services to 8,896 individuals in home and in community, promoting individual recovery through outreach, engagement, skill building, education, employment support, and a continuum of other treatment, rehabilitation, and integrated health and supportive services.