About Red Rock Behavioral Health Services

The History of Red Rock

1967-1973
The Oklahoma Mental Health Council (OMHC) is formed and chartered as a non-profit organization.

OMHC becomes an Advisory Board to the University of Oklahoma Medical School’s Department of Child Psychiatry and agrees to provide them a free building. In return, the Department of Psychiatry agrees to provide some free mental health service to underserved children and families in Northeast Oklahoma City who do not qualify as “training cases”.

1974-1979
OMHC hires a consultant from the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work to determine what model will best benefit the indigent youth of Northeast Oklahoma City in need of mental health treatment.

OMHC separates from the University to establish its own organization

A grant application is submitted and funded under the Children/Family Section of the Federal Community Mental Health Act. This leads to the establishment of the Parent-Child Development Center (PCDC) in September of 1974.

An expanded grant under the revised Community Mental Health Act is submitted to the US Department of Health and Human services. It is approved and funded in May 1979.

June 1, 1979 the Parent-Child Development Center becomes federally approved as a full Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center. The new name is Red Rock. Existing programs are expanded and new ones created to provide a full range of services for all ages and severity of behavioral health problems. The staff grows from 20 to 80.

1980-1982
By the end of 1980 eleven of the twelve federally mandated service programs are fully in place. The twelfth, specialized residential services for the seriously mentally ill, opens the next year and becomes one of the first such programs in the state.

During 1982, separate Advisory Boards are established in Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties as well as for Parkview Place, Red Rock’s transitional living facility.

An integrated management information system is purchased and installed. Al client information is converted to the computerized system as well as staff payroll. Program monitoring and evaluation capabilities are greatly enhanced. Red Rock is one of the first CMHC’s in the state to do this.

1983-1990
Federal Block Grant Funds are transferred to the State Department of Mental Health. A series of state budget cuts begins which will continue over several years.

As dictated by the state, a period of dramatic transition begins shifting emphasis from the federal priority of prevention and services to children and families to a primary focus of serving the seriously mentally ill population.

New specialized offices designed for day hospital activities open in both Shawnee and Chandler.

A Fairweather Lodge program is begun to provide housing for seriously mentally ill persons being released from state hospitals.

Parkview Place increases from 12 – 24 residential beds.

A unique new program, the only one of its kind offered by a mental health center in Oklahoma, opens for persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Counseling, support, crisis intervention, and employment coordination are made available. Its employment component is highlighted in a national publication as one of the thirteen most progressive HIV/AIDS programs in the country

Highly successful one-year foundation grant for the HIV/AIDS employment program expires and is not funded by the state. The program ends.

1991-1995
1991 is a year of significant accomplishments. Red Rock is named one of the twelve best mental health centers in America in the National Publication “Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Rating of State Programs”. It is the only facility in the entire Southwestern USA to make this list.

Revenue from Medicaid and sources other than the Department of Mental Health becomes the largest percentage of the total budget.

Two new contracts are funded by the Department of Human Services which allow for significant expansion of services to children at risk of out-of-home placement.

In April 1992 Red Rock becomes the first mental health center in Oklahoma to receive a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accreditation is received in three program categories: community mental health, psychosocial rehabilitation, and supported employment.

Red Rock’s vocational training and placement program for the mentally disabled is the largest of its kind in the state. It receives State and Regional awards.
More than thirty grants and contracts are in place enabling expansion of client services to selected target populations.

An office opens in Seminole to serve children and adolescents in an underserved area.

Red Rock’s Mobile Crisis Team is at work within an hour of the April 19th bombing of the Federal Building. Over a thousand hours of voluntary services to those affected is given by staff over the following month.

Red Rock joins with three health care organizations to market and provide services to meet new state managed care standards. The result is Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH, which offers a complete continuum of mental health service for individuals of all ages.

The State cuts the reimbursement rates of Medicaid, the largest funding source of community mental health centers, by 30%. This results in staff and service reductions. Home-based family services are seriously cut. An intensive treatment program for disturbed preschool children is eliminated after 20 years of operation.

Fee-for-service Medicaid is replaced with a Managed Care System in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton areas.

In 1995, Red Rock receives its second three-year accreditation from CARF. The number of programs certified increases from three to eight.

1996 – 1999
Creekside, a residential treatment center for the seriously mentally ill, opens in Chandler.

Parkview Place expands from 24 to 36 beds available for residential treatment.

A full three-year accreditation is again received in 1998 from CARF for nine separate programs.

Dacotah Village, a thirty-two-unit apartment complex, opens to provide housing for those affected by HIV most of whom also suffer from behavioral health/substance abuse problems.

In 1998, New Horizons, a comprehensive mental health center founded in 1980 and serving eight counties in Western Oklahoma, merges with Red Rock. On September 1, 1998 New Horizons becomes Red Rock West.

Achievement House, the Clubhouse Program in Oklahoma City, receives a full three-year certification from the International Center for Clubhouse Development on November 15, 1999. It is one of the very small number in Oklahoma to ever attain this.

2000 – 2003
Red Rock staff provide post-disaster services in virtually every school in Lincoln County following the devastating tornadoes of May 1999.

Red Rock is awarded a contract to establish a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in Tulsa for intensive treatment of the most severely mentally ill. This program, one of the first two in Oklahoma, is to be a model for other areas of the state in future years.

Wrap Around Services for children and families are initiated in Red Rock West. This program involves both the provision and coordination of a full range of services needed by at-risk youth. Once again, this is intended as a model program for other facilities to follow.

Red Rock again receives a three-year accreditation from CARF in 2001, this time for 14 separate programs in 19 different offices and residential facilities. Four new programs are accredited: Intensive Family-Based Services, Prevention, Crisis Stabilization, and Detoxification.

Affiliate agreements are in place with over 70 mental health and related service providers.

The Systems of Care Best Practice Model (as developed by SAMHSA through the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health) is established by Red Rock West.

Red Rock North is awarded a special contract for the provision of substance abuse services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered population in the greater Oklahoma City area.

Specialized accreditation is awarded by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, to the PACT program in Tulsa.

Red Rock merges its pharmacy and medication clinic with North Care and Community Counseling Center. The new medication clinic is called North Rock and is located in Red Rock’s main facility. During the first six months of operation, an average of 1,800 med clinic visits and 180 med evaluations per month are provided.

Chisholm Trail Counseling Center, with offices in El Reno, Yukon, Norman, and Chickasha becomes a subsidiary corporation of Red Rock, with the intent to be fully merged with Red Rock on July 1, 2003.

2004-2007
In 2004 Oklahoma City opens a Children's Crisis Unit
On November 1st, 2006, Red Rock opened a 26 bed Crisis Stabilization Unit in Norman on the grounds of Griffin Memorial Hospital with the purpose to serve the Crisis needs of eleven counties south of the metropolitan area of Oklahoma City and to reduce the census of Griffin Memorial Hospital of short term treatment consumers so they could serve the long term treatment needs of the State. Because of the success of the unit, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services ask Red Rock to expand that unit with 30 additional beds to further meet the front door needs of consumers in Crisis. So, on September 21st, 2009, Red Rock opened its second unit on the grounds of Griffin Memorial Hospital which gives them a total of 56 Crisis Beds to serve the Central Region of the State. This gives the Central Region of the State more crisis beds available for consumers and makes Red Rock one of the largest Crisis Units in the State of Oklahoma.

2008-2010
Red Rock was one of the first CMHC in the state to start Telemedicine Medication Clinics and to become an OHCA Approved Network site. Through telemedicine services Red Rock was able to improve access to mental health consumers in areas that are underserved and without psychiatric services. By working with Oklahoma State University medical school in Tulsa they provided Red Rock with the equipment to begin this vital service. The first clinic was provided to Shawnee Red Rock with the psychiatrist at the distant site located in the Oklahoma City office. Red Rock has continued to expand this service to meet the needs of their consumers who are located in rural areas. They currently provide Telemedicine services out of the Norman Crisis Unit to locations in Elk City, Clinton, Watonga, Canadian County and Shawnee. Because of this service more consumers are able to see their psychiatrist on a regular basis to oversee their psychiatric needs. The overall consensus and reception from the consumers have been very positive.