Who Is CREOKS?

CREOKS is a non-profit human services agency established in 1980, certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and accredited by CARF.

We are dedicated to our mission by the continuing pursuit of ensuring affordability, quality, and integrity of all our services, as well as, promoting education, community partnerships, and the development of additional programs and methods to meet direct client needs and organizational challenges.

Our organization offers a wide-range of services in an all-in-one clinic or through home or school-based programs that help persons who may need brief counseling, substance abuse treatment or those struggling with severe mental or behavioral illnesses.

Our professional staff is committed to the individual and strives to provide compassion and respect to their clients and their families by taking time to listen and properly assess their needs to provide workable and successful solutions.

What Is Our Motto?


Help Today. Hope Tomorrow. We believe helping individuals today will enable them to see hope for tomorrow.

What Is Our Mission?

CREOKS Behavioral Health Services provides comprehensive mental health and co-occurring services to individuals and families to facilitate recovery and healthy family lifestyles.

What Are Our Core Values?


Safety: CREOKS believes in safety. We provide an environment that is safe, confidential, and comfortable for all individuals, fostering opportunity for therapeutic healing and collaborative teamwork.
Teamwork: CREOKS believes in teamwork. A team that believes in lending a helping hand to a coworker, friend, and neighbor is the foundation to building a community that reaches out to one another to make a stronger, healthier community.
Respect: CREOKS believes in respect. Every individual regardless of race, culture, ethnic belief, sexual orientation, or disability is important and given respect as well as protections necessary to human dignity.
Integrity: CREOKS believes in integrity. We steadfastly adhere to moral and ethical principles that promote exemplary character, sound judgment, and personal honesty.
Vision: Vision believes in vision. We understand the importance of preparing for the future and utilize foresight, prudence, ingenuity, and purpose in developing a plan that successfully encompasses addressing the needs of today as well as enabling us to meet the demands of the future.
Excellence: CREOKS believes in excellence. We are committed to the relentless pursuit of the highest level of quality, competence, and integrity in everything that we do.


Organizational Description


The CREOKS Mission:
CREOKS Behavioral Health Services provides comprehensive mental health and co-occurring services to individuals and families to facilitate recovery and healthy family lifestyles.

Philosophy:
CREOKS Behavioral Health Services is a private, non‐profit community behavioral health center providing comprehensive co-occurring services to individuals. Our purpose is to provide an organizational, technical, and physical environment in which high quality co-occurring care can occur in a responsible, dignified, and efficient manner. We are dedicated to fulfilling this purpose by the continuing pursuit of the following:

Ensure that affordable, comprehensive, and welcoming mental health and co-occurring healthcare services are accessible to the population served and provided in the highest quality manner possible. Ensure the delivery of necessary mental health and co-occurring services to anyone who needs them, regardless of sex, race, religion, ethnic background, education, social class, economic status, or ability to pay. Our target population to be served can be anyone seeking services, however, a more specific example may be those who have no insurance or ability to pay that need comprehensive mental health or co-occurring services.

Communicate a sincere interest in the welfare of Individuals and maintain a genuine desire to
improve the quality of life.

Promote activities for the prevention of mental illness and substance abuse as well as the provision of preventive co-occurring services including education to both the individual and the community.

To provide a trauma informed service system that recognizes the potential for certain vulnerabilities of trauma survivors. Services are delivered in a way that will avoid re-traumatization and facilitate consumer participation in treatment. CREOKS assesses/screens all consumers for trauma both past and present using emerging best practices in the treatment of trauma. Develop and expand effective co-occurring education programs and methods. Reduce unnecessary social or economic consequences or dependencies, which the population served, may suffer as a result of mental illness or substance abuse. Minimize the cost of providing quality co-occurring services and prevent duplication of health resources. Work in cooperation with other agencies to support the overall system of health care delivery. Reduce family conflict, dysfunctional behavior, substance abuse, mental illness, and inappropriate social behavior within the community by improving the co-occurring of all segments of the population served.

Operate in compliance with the standards set by the various regulatory agencies and recommended by those advisory bodies whose purposes are compatible with ours. To accept and maintain nothing less than the highest possible level of ethics and professional standards from all those assisting us in the accomplishment of our mission. To provide health care in a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment. To comply with the American Disability Act of 1990 in providing treatment of all individuals in CREOKS service area.

Part of our philosophy is the annual facility goals and objectives, including the goal of continued progress for the agency in providing recovery oriented, culturally competent, trauma informed and co-occurring capable services.


Our History


In early 1980, a group of professionals including counselors, ministers, city managers, county commissioners, bankers and involved citizens formed a team to address the mental health needs in their three counties—including Creek, Okmulgee & Okfuskee County. The Tri-County Health team received $300,000. in seed money to begin their venture to provide and promote mental health services to those citizens without health insurance or money to pay for mental health services. Irene Horn, President of the Okmulgee County Mental Health Association and Okmulgee County representative began a search to form a non-profit corporation to oversee the mental health program implementation. On June 25, 1980, the newly founded corporation would be called CREOKS Mental Health Services, Inc. which stands for Creek, Okmulgee and Okfuskee Counties. Chosen as the first Directors of the private non-profit corporation were Velma Ashley, Irene Horn and Joann McMasters.

On Monday, February 9, 1981 CREOKS Mental Health Services, Inc. opened its doors in Okmulgee, Oklahoma for the first time with Ed Young, serving as the CREOKS Executive Director. Shortly after the Okmulgee Clinic opened, the Creek County Clinic and Okfuskee County Clinic also began to provide services. Glenn Johnson was the first counselor hired in Okfuskee County to provide mental health services. CREOKS Mental Health Services continued to grow, adding new programs at each site. In late 1982, CREOKS hired its first substance abuse counselor to provide counseling for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. In 1984, CREOKS opened a DUI School in Okmulgee.

In late 2004, CREOKS expanded its clinics from Okmulgee, Sapulpa, and Okemah clinics to also include a clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa clinic was opened to provide mental health services to those Individuals with Medicaid insurance coverage. In addition to Creek, Okmulgee and Okfuskee catchment areas, CREOKS Behavioral Health Services is currently providing mental health services in Tahlequah, Glenpool, Muskogee, Mannford, Liberty Mounds, Drumright, Bristow, Mounds, Bixby, Kellyville, Keifer, Gore, Bartlesville, Owasso, Skiatook, Henryetta, McAlester, Cushing, Pawnee and Claremore.

In 2006, CREOKS Mental Health Services, Inc. Board of Directors voted to begin doing business as CREOKS Behavioral Health Services to lessen the mental health stigma for Individuals seeking services. Today CREOKS offers a wide array of community mental health services including: outpatient, home-based, school based, and substance abuse counseling, drug court treatment, psychosocial rehabilitation, medication management, crisis intervention services, case management, psychological testing, neurotherapy, drug court, and adolescent intensive outpatient substance abuse program.


Who Do We Serve?


CREOKS provides services to Medicaid consumers or persons who may qualify for Medicaid, all children regardless of their coverage, adults who may not qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford to pay for services, the uninsured who may receive support at no cost or through a sliding scale fee (based on income), and some private-pay insurance holders

Where Can You Find Us?

CREOKS has 14 clinics and nearly a dozen satellite areas in NE Oklahoma serving over 170 communities. For the nearest clinic, please call us at 1-877-327-3657 or see LOCATIONS at the top of the page.

How Do We Get Our Funding?


CREOKS Behavioral Health Services funding comes from contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abusive Services (ODMHSAS), the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Department of Corrections, as well as, private insurance, self-pay, contracts with schools, grants, private donations, and through corporate fundraising efforts.


Corporate Surveys


Board of Directors Survey – 2011

Community Needs Survey – 2011

ODMHSAS Consumer Survey – 2011


2013 Strategic Plan


2013 Strategic Plan