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  • November Support Group…

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    The Pervasive Parenting Center and Developmental Wings are combining efforts to help families in…

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  • Eating Wisely: Soup

    By Ashton Wise

    Hey y’all – I am taking over the article this week and I am going to be sharing a new little recipe…

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    With flu season upon us, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced county health…

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  • Fall Specials at Myers Drive…

    Myers Drive-In has some perfect for fall specials. Stop by and try an Extra Long Cheese Coney with tator tots and…

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  • Health &Wellness Center…

    Join the Stigler Health and Wellness Center, Inc. on October 17, 2017 from 9:00am -12:00pm to earn 3 CEU’s with a…

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  • Health Department Schedules…

    LeFlore County Health Department Schedules Flu Vaccine Clinics

    The LeFlore County Health Department announced today…

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  • Decorating Wisely:…

    I know it seems a bit early, but I’ve already started thinking about Thanksgiving. I mean, heck, we’re already to…

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  • License Fee Changes Announced…

    According to a press release, starting Oct. 1,2017, businesses in Oklahoma that are required to have a permit to…

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  • Practice and Policy Lecture…

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    OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporting family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is…

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  • LEFLORE COUNTY FREE HEALTH &…

    A Public Service Announcement

    LeFlore County Health Department will be hosting a multi-agency free health and safety…

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  • Autism Screening In Sallisaw

    Press Release

    The Pervasive Parenting Center (C.P.R.C.) will provide a free autism screening day, Monday, Sept. 25…

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  • Myers Drive In

    Myers Drive In – Good food, Friendly Service, great prices

    If you are looking for a good hamburger in Poteau, well…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Fall

    I hope you all had a fun-filled, relaxing Labor Day holiday. Ours didn’t start out that great since we hit a deer on…

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  • Friday, Sept 8th Lunch…

    Friday September 8th Lunch Special at the Lumberjack Café is:

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  • Friday, Sept 8th…

    The Friday Breakfast and lunch menu at Carl Albert State College is:

    Breakfast - Scramble Eggs, Hash browns, Bacon,…

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Health & Wellness
Sunday, 24 September 2017 23:39

November Support Group Meeting - Roland

Press release

 

The Pervasive Parenting Center and Developmental Wings are combining efforts to help families in eastern Oklahoma.

 

The two non-profits will present Family Support Night on Monday November 27, at 6 pm. This will be held at the Waylon Jones Complex in Roland, OK.


The Pervasive Parenting Center will offer their monthly parent support group meeting to help the families find resources, talk to other families, and provide moral support for coping with disabilities. This meeting is open to everyone including families, professionals, teachers, etc.


Developmental Wings will offer their regular music and art therapies to children at the same time. These classes are designed to engage children and encourage creativity.


These services are provided free to local families.


“Last year we started partnering with Developmental Wings, to offer childcare for the children during support meetings,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “This is a real issue for parents to find some place for their children to go while they receive the help they need. Developmental Wings is a wonderful organization, and they offer therapies for the children, so we thought it would be a way we could help each other out and the families as well.”


If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-647-1255, 918-658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Michelle Qualls-Long at 479-459-0645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Press release


With flu season upon us, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced county health departments will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

 

Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. Cases of influenza hospitalizations have already been reported for this season.


“We are especially encouraging those in the age group of 18-64 to get their flu vaccination,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “During the 2016-17 flu season, there were 715 hospitalizations and 28 deaths among this age group.”


In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 years of age and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their health care provider about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is also available at county health departments.
County health departments will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. The following fee schedule will apply:


• All individuals with health insurance should bring their card. Their insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
• Children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaskan natives may receive their vaccine at no charge through the Vaccine for Children Program.
• All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.


Oklahoma County and Tulsa County residents should check with their city-county health departments for fee schedules available for those county residents.


For more information, call a local county health department or visit the OSDH website at www.health.ok.gov

 

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:40

Health &Wellness Center offering CEU Hours

 

Join the Stigler Health and Wellness Center, Inc. on October 17, 2017 from 9:00am -12:00pm to earn 3 CEU’s with a seminar presented by Robert Settles, LCSW.

 

 

“Substance Related and Addictive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (including Trauma-related disorders), and Eating Disorders, and therapeutic interventions”

 

Please complete the registration form below with payment of $50.00 to reserve your spot today.

 

Registration and Payment must be received by 10/12/17.


Registration and payment will not be accepted on day of event.


Space is limited!

 

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Monday, 18 September 2017 22:51

Health Department Schedules Flu Shot clinics

LeFlore County Health Department Schedules Flu Vaccine Clinics

 

The LeFlore County Health Department announced today its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season.

 

Clinics will begin Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and LeFlore County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.


Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.


“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Jill Larcade, administrative director for the LeFlore County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year.”


Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year.


The flu mist will not be available as it is no longer recommended by the CDC.


The LeFlore County Health Department will be providing flu vaccine using the following fee schedule:
• There will be no charge for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. However, those with health insurance should bring their card. The insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.


• There will be no charge for adults 65 years of age and older. These adults should bring their Medicare Card or other health insurance card.


• There is no charge for children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare, or who are Native American or Alaskan natives.
• All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.


Clinic days and times are as follows: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

The LeFlore County Health Department will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. For more information about flu clinics at the LeFlore County Health Department, call (918-647-8601).

 


According to a press release, starting Oct. 1,2017, businesses in Oklahoma that are required to have a permit to operate, including restaurants, hotels, public pools, and x-ray facilities, will have a new set of fees. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has worked with the Oklahoma Food Service Advisory Council for nearly a year to develop these changes.


These fee changes will bring Oklahoma closer to the regional average price for licenses. Fees for new food, drug and lodging facilities in surrounding states can range from below $100 to nearly $2,000. Oklahoma has not seen an increase in these fees since 2009 when they were raised $100.


The proposed changes went through a public comment period in October and November 2016. They were then presented to the Oklahoma State Board of Health in February 2017 and eventually sent to the legislature. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin approved the fee changes in June 2017 to be effective Oct. 1, 2017. The fees that have been changed are initial licensing fees, plan review fees, renewal fees, and late renewal fees.


These fees will go towards sustaining the consumer protection programs of the OSDH and ensuring facilities are being inspected according to state law. These routine inspections make sure all food, lodging, and other services are safe for the public. The inspections look for overall cleanliness, ensure food is being handled properly, and protect the overall health of the public.


Part of the changes to the fees was to simplify the licensing of X-ray tubes in dental, veterinarian, and other facilities. The old fees were confusing to many licensees and proved to be unnecessarily complicated. Some facilities will see little to no change in fees, while others might see a slight increase.


For a complete list of the fees and more information about the Consumer Health Service, please visit chs.health.ok.gov.

 

Press Release

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporting family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is the topic of the September Practice and Policy Lecture Series presented by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).

 

“Reframing Change at All Levels to Support Families across LifeCourse” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City.

 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Oklahoma is one of 17 states participating in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families which seeks to enhance policies and practices that impact families with members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The work is guided by Charting the LifeCourse framework which was developed to help individuals and families at any age or stage of life think about what they need to know, identify how to find or develop integrated supports, and discover what it takes to create a “good life.” The presentation will introduce the Charting the LifeCourse framework as a foundation for working with individuals with I/DD and their families, exploring the effect of past and current policies and practices, and the significant role families play across the lifespan. Real life examples of implementation of the framework will be shared.

 

Crystal Bell is the mother of Peyton, a 13-year-old diagnosed with Down Syndrome; Conner, a 12-year-old diagnosed with autism; and Lilly, an energetic, “typically-developing” two-year-old. Bell was a volunteer at the Missouri Family-to-Family Information Center, housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development before joining LifeCourse in 2013. She is a trained Sharing Our Strengths peer mentor and family leader within the Missouri Family-to-Family organization, as well as a 2016 graduate of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking Program, a leadership and advocacy training program for parents of children with developmental disabilities as well as adult self-advocates. Bell is a lifelong learner whose education and trainings span all life stages and domains, including Wrightslaw, Tools of Choice, and Care Coordination and Advocacy.

 

The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

 

To register for the lecture, call 405-521-3552 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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A Public Service Announcement

 

LeFlore County Health Department will be hosting a multi-agency free health and safety fair for the citizens of LeFlore County. This event will take place at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau, on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 8:30 until 1:30. The health and safety fair is FREE to everyone and will offer FREE FLU SHOTS (for 6 months and up), FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, FREE BLOOD SUGAR SCREENINGS AND FREE CHOLESTEROL CHECKS. Learn basic CPR in 10 minutes!

 

ALSO, there will be multiple tables of free information on: health related topics, mental health care, home health and hospice, physical therapy, breast cancer awareness, dental health, tobacco cessation, prescription drug/opioid abuse awareness, Veterans services, Red Cross, nutrition, prescription assistance, foster parent enrollment, grandparent foster care program, EMS, family emergency preparedness planning, blood drives and much, much more!

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. This September we must concentrate our efforts on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities as well as others with access and functional needs. LeFlore County Emergency Management will be offering FREE WEATHER RADIOS. Also, Free Smoke Detectors will be given away (for qualifying families).

 

The following agencies are sponsoring the LeFlore County Free Health and Safety Fair to provide screenings and information to help individuals manage their health care and be prepared for emergencies: LeFlore County Health Department, Choctaw Nation Health Care, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, LeFlore County Emergency Management, LeFlore County EMS, Advantage Home Health and Hospice, Compassion Home Care/San Bois Hospice, KIBOIS Community Action Foundation, Department of Human Services, Elite Therapy, The Health and Wellness Center, LeFlore County Youth Services/TSET, Mercy Medical Care, Millennium Community Services, Keddo Area Agency on Aging, Veterans Services, Southeast Oklahoma Interlocal Cooperative Region 6 Prevention, LeFlore Regional Medical Reserve Corps Unit, Arkansas/Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

 

Remember, the LeFlore County FREE Health and Safety Fair will be held FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 from 8:30 until 1:30. FREE ADMISSION!! For more information, contact LeFlore County Health Department at 918-647-8601.

 

Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:24

Autism Screening In Sallisaw

Press Release

 

The Pervasive Parenting Center (C.P.R.C.) will provide a free autism screening day, Monday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sallisaw. This will be provided by appointment only. The event will take place Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw, 1601 S. Opdyke St.

 

Thanks to training from the Oklahoma Autism Center, and a donation from the Cherokee Nation, the PPC will offer screening services in the area on a monthly basis.

 

“We know that early identification and intervention are key to ensure optimal outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders,” said Kodey Toney, PPC director. “The initial stage in this process is awareness and screening. That is why we are doing this.”

 

Screening provides families who have concerns about their child's development to quickly and efficiently find out if their child is at risk for ASD and needs further assessment.

 

Screening is not the same thing as diagnostic evaluation and cannot identify whether a child does or does not have autism. Instead, screening is tool, or stepping stone, that can determine what the next step should be.

 

If you have concerns about your child's development, screening can show possible risk for Autism Spectrum disorder or other delays and what sort of further assessment may be needed.

 

All screenings include resources and referrals to help the family take the next steps toward providing for their child's long-term developmental health.

 

 

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:49

C.L.E.E.T. Training on Engaging Autism

Press release

 

The Pervasive Parenting Center and Haskell County Sheriff’s Department will host Sgt. Cory Sutton of the University of Oklahoma Police Department, and Traci Sutton, Speech and Language Pathologist, for training on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Law Enforcement. The event will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Stigler, Oklahoma.

 

This class is free and will go toward 8 hours of continuing education for all law enforcement.

 

This will include 2 hours in mental health training. It will also include a parent panel to give insight into their lives with children on the spectrum.

 

There will be a presentation from Sutton along with his wife Traci, a speech pathologist that works with children with autism and other disabilities.


“We have hosted officer Sutton in Poteau and Sallisaw, and there was such a great turnout and response that we had to have him back,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “There is such a huge need. Sgt. Sutton is helping to bring awareness to the officers and peace of mind to the families in this area. With 1 in 68 diagnosed with autism, and an increase of 72 percent in the past eight years, it is an issue that will become more prevalent in the near future.”


Sutton and his wife have developed this training to help officers understand people on the spectrum a little better.


“I put this together because of a close friend of ours that has had three negative experiences with her son and law enforcement,” said Sutton. “It made me sick, so I started looking into training myself and then to train other officers. My wife is a speech pathologist and works with a lot of individuals on the spectrum. So between the two of us, we have put this class together. I have had nothing but positive responses, in fact very positive responses, from everyone that has attended so far.”

 

Pervasive Parenting Center is a not-for-profit organization made up of families, local educators, community leaders, and health-care professionals. The organization works to provide a better life for the families in eastern Oklahoma who are coping with disabilities. In the past, the center has used donations to help with Sensitive Santa, Sibshops for siblings of children with disabilities, scholarships for students with disabilities, classroom grants for special education departments in eastern Oklahoma, and to bring conferences, trainings, and resources to the area.


To register:https://www.eventbrite.com/o/pervasive-parent-center- 15042286054


For more information contact Sgt. Cory Sutton: (405) 325-1436; (405) 740-1645; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Kodey Toney: (918) 658-5076; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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