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Last Sunday afternoon, I sat on my couch and read on my phone.

I’m a subscriber, so I was able to read Jaclyn Cosgrove’s long-form article that told the story of a local man’s road from difficult childhood to mental illness to incarceration.

It was a gripping tale that shined a bright light on what we’re calling the “Epidemic Ignored” in Oklahoma.

From Jaclyn’s article last Sunday:

Oklahoma spends among the least in the nation on its mental health system, despite having some of the highest rates of mental illness and substance abuse in the United States.

That’s the general focus of Epidemic Ignored – to help our community find a solution for the difficult issue of mental illness in Oklahoma. As the headline put it, There has to be a better solution.

Justus Skyler Cobbs stands in a hallway at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Lexington, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Justus Skyler Cobbs stands in a hallway at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Lexington, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The story is one that every Oklahoman should read. Last Sunday, it was published in The Oklahoman. Subscribers like me were able to read the story before non-subscribers in The Oklahoman’s newspaper, the iOS app, the Android app, the website (Oklahoman.com) and so on.

Basically, subscribers can read articles that are available only to subscribers for a period of time. We call those ‘Early Access’ articles.

Jaclyn’s ‘Epidemic Ignored’ story about Justus Skyler Cobbs was one of the handful of Early Access stories on that Sunday.

I read it on The Oklahoman’s iOS app that afternoon.

Readers on NewsOK.com saw the story here on Tuesday morning -- two days after subscribers. On NewsOK, we shared the story in a special web presentation meant for easy reading on your computer and mobile device.

If you’re a subscriber, I’m assuming you already read it. If you’re a non-subscriber, read it now.

 

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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