To provide mental health and substance abuse education, prevention and intervention services to underserved populations.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma has the highest rate of women incarceration and the fourth highest rate for male incarceration. Many people involved in our justice system also suffer from a mental health and/or substance abuse problem that has not been treated. Additionally, Oklahoma has one of the fastest growing prescription drug abuse rates in the US.
In 2013, Oklahoma had the 5th highest overdose mortality rate. According to SAMHSA, preventing
mental health and/or substance use disorders and related problems in children, adolescents, and
young adults is critical to Americans' behavioral and physical health. Behaviors and symptoms that signal that signal the development of a behavioral disorder often manifest two to four years before a disorder is present. In addition, people with a metal health issues are more likely to use alcohol or drugs
that those not affected by a mental illness. If communities and family can intervene early, behavioral health disorders might be prevented, or symptoms can be mitigated. Data has shown that early intervention following the first episode of a serious mental illness can make a significant impact. Coordinated, specialized services offered during or shortly after the first episode of psychosis are effective for
improving clinical and functional outcomes.
Springing Families Forward is the non-profit arm to our
Internationally Accredited Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Agency, Spring Eternal.
In 2014, Dr. Mariechia Palmer, and Mrs. Jacque Rollins both from Spencer, Oklahoma came together to embark on a vision that they shared. These ladies have a wealth of experience from Real Estate, Retail, Mental Health, Non-Profit, Human Resources and work in the Oklahoma City Public School systems. But the one thing that they have in common is their bleeding heart for their community.
Their desire to begin this non-profit was to have an opportunity to increase funding and awareness for under served populations in the area of mental health and co-occuring issues with substance use, as well as improving the education of our youth. They have decided that it is imperative for them to reach out and provide hope for those that otherwise may not feel capable of achievement.