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TULSA — CREOKS Health Services has been awarded a $15,000 technology grant from the Arnall Family Foundation, COVID-19 Child Welfare Rapid Response Fund.

The funds will be used to purchase 31 Mifi’s (mobile hot spots) and data, so that children and those in foster care impacted by COVID-19 can receive much needed services and resources while in the safety of their home.

CREOKS staff members are currently embedded in 13 of the DHS Region IV counties. This grant will enable staff to immediately have better communication with the children and families in this area.

As COVID-19 increased in Oklahoma, there was a need for electronic technology to continue to provide services to children and families, while keeping social distancing.

CREOKS officials say this area of Oklahoma has very limited resources for foster care. Therefore, it is extremely important that staff supports families and creates conditions where children can safely remain at home.

CREOKS provides confidential outpatient behavioral health services, care coordination and medication management.

The ability to provide services and resources over the phone, and through Zoom video conferencing and telehealth, has made it possible for children to continue to receive regular care and timely medication refills.

“CREOKS Health Services is grateful to the Arnall Family Foundation for awarding this technology grant which expands our communications with children and their families, as well as those in foster care” said Samantha Bowman, LPC, RPT, Assistant Clinical Director of Children’s Services. “This grant better enables our staff to deliver much needed services and resources to this area of the state.”