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About Sooner SUCCESS

Sooner SUCCESS works intimately with both the public and private sectors with the overarching goal to promote a comprehensive, coordinated system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special healthcare needs in their local community.

Unique in its approach, Sooner SUCCESS addresses barriers by promoting community capacity integration and seamless infrastructure spread in county, regional and state levels.  Sooner SUCCESS achieves this through a service delivery model focused on care navigation and coordination, continuity of care and care transition. Sooner SUCCESS will begin quantifying activities under CMS guidelines for an integrated care resource center (ICRC) in an effort to best reflect the goals of the Sooner Care, Sooner Start and CYSHN and Sooner SUCCESS. Sooner SUCCESS meets the objectives of an ICRC as set forth by CMS and CYSHN through three core activities; family and community linkages to services, family and professional training, and maintaining an up to date, information and referral system.

The Sooner SUCCESS State Interagency Coordination Council has membership from families and many State agencies. This group identifies current interagency coordination activities, challenges to effective interagency coordination, and builds capacity to address those challenges through policy and/or procedural adjustments. The Council meets quarterly and also provides guidance to the project.

The Sooner SUCCESS State Interagency Coordination Council has membership from families and many State agencies. This group identifies current interagency coordination activities, challenges to effective interagency coordination, and builds capacity to address those challenges through policy and/or procedural adjustments. The Council meets quarterly and also provides guidance to the project.

Council Membership

 

 

Our Team

Mark Wolraich, M.D., CMRI Shaun Walters Professor of Pediatrics Chief of Section Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Aietah Stephens, M.S., Director

Lisa Simmons, Region One Coordinator 

Lisa DeBolt, Region Two Coordinator

Lori Wathen, Region Three Coordinator 

Jeannene Leffler, Senior Administrative Assistant

Maleeha Shahid - Research Analyst

Robyn Boswell, Special Programs Coordinator

Tonda Ames             Tulsa/Rogers County 

Jona Arthur               Blaine County  

Dawn Buckner         Delaware/Mayes               

Amy Cathey              Pottawatomie County

Lisa Copeland          Kingfisher County

Brandy Parks            Logan County

Jessica Padgett      Comanche/Stephens County

Melissa Powell         Major County

Gardenia Celaya   Oklahoma County

Eva Smith                 Cleveland County

Erin Strayhorn         Creek County

Deana Wilson          Garfield County

Janet Wilson            Canadian County

 

 

What is the purpose of Sooner SUCCESS?

The purpose of Sooner SUCCESS is to promote a comprehensive, coordinated system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special needs...in their Community.  Sooner SUCCESS addresses barriers by promoting community capacity and infrastructure spread in communities and at regional and state levels. 

How much of the state is currently covered by Sooner SUCCESS?

Sooner SUCCESS offers Statewide Resource Information and Referral for families that have a child with special needs. Additionally Sooner SUCCESS has fourteen county coalitions to date and these counties cover over half of the children in the state.

How is Sooner SUCCESS different from other state programs in Oklahoma?

Sooner SUCCESS is unique in its focus and ability to coordinate the different elements at both a community and state level.

A.  It brings together agencies, parents and providers with an interest in children and youth services  though coalitions- particularly services for children with special needs.  In addition, Sooner SUCCESS succeeds in joining together existing coalitions for the purpose of achieving greater efficiency and closing existing service gaps.

B. It provides direct service navigation to families allowing Sooner SUCCESS to identify service needs for coalitions - enabling them to become more aware and motivated to seek solutions for families.

C. It nurtures and facilitates community and state efforts to address their needs through local and

State initiatives.  This is done by providing state agencies and universities with expertise about community and family experiences for the purpose of identifying additional public and private funding resources.

D. It provides accurate information to the local communities and the state on both the needs of children and the impact of the community efforts.