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State briefs for May 15


Oklahoma awarded federal funds for opioid treatment

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million in grants Monday to 40 states for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning. Oklahoma will receive three awards totaling $600,000 for one year to formalize partnerships, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery interventions.

Oklahoma grant recipients each will receive $200,000. They are Oklahoma Foundation For Medical Quality Inc., Oklahoma City; Oklahoma State University, Tulsa; and South Western Oklahoma Development Authority, Burns Flat.

The program is part of a multi-year initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder and opioid use disorder to reduce the impact of the diseases in high-risk rural communities.

Rural communities continue to face several challenges in accessing prevention, treatment and recovery services, along with workforce shortages, geographic barriers, limited treatment infrastructure, and stigma associated with the disorder, said Tom Morris, associate administrator for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. To learn more, go to


Mero Tech relocates culinary program

Metro Technology Centers' culinary arts program for high school and adult students, formerly housed at the South Bryant Campus, has relocated to renovated training space at Springlake Campus, 1900 Springlake Drive.

Students in the two-year program split their week between classroom instruction and work in the cafe, which is open to customers from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Managing a restaurant with paying customers enhances the classroom curriculum and makes the program exciting for students, said Chef Travis Williams, lead culinary arts teacher.

Metro Tech offers free tuition to students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak and Millwood districts. Full-time and part-time training is offered for adult students. For more information call 405-424-TECH.


USAO to host scholars June 8

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will host three scholars June 8 for the 2019 Oklahoma Civil War Symposium. The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theater. It is free to the public.

Lee Hester, professor of American Indian studies at USAO, will kick off the symposium, followed by Chris Mackowski, writing professor at St. Bonaventure University at 4 p.m. Geroge C. Rable, professor emeritus at the University of Alabama, will deliver the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. A book signing featuring the presenters will follow.

An RSVP-only wine reception with the speakers will be at 5 p.m. in the Regents Room. The cost is $20 and registration is required by May 31 at or by calling 405-574-1349.

Staff reports