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September 30, 2020

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OJA Providing Racial, Ethnic Disparity Training for Agency Staff, Law Enforcement

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 9, 2020) - The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) is providing racial and ethnic contact training to its staff, law enforcement and community partners to improve interaction and outcomes with youth who are minorities.

September 3, 2020

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OJA Hires Director of Behavioral Health Services

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 25, 2020) — A licensed professional counselor has been hired as director of behavioral health services for the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) as the agency continues to strive to provide care for some of the state’s most vulnerable youth.

June 30, 2020

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OKLAHOMA CITY, JUNE 30, 2020 — Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) interim Executive Director Rachel Holt today announced she has hired Benjamin C. Brown as the agency’s general counsel.

May 19, 2020

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OJA Interim Director Thanks Governor, Legislators for Approving Measure Limiting Young Teens Being Placed in Juvenile Detention Facilities

May 12, 2020

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Pandemic, state budget cuts factors for cuts 

OKLAHOMA CITY, MAY 12, 2020— The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today approved further reducing the number of juvenile detention beds the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) will contract for in the upcoming fiscal year.

May 8, 2020

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February 13, 2020

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Steven Buck Steps Down as OJA Executive Director, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives

He is leaving to head a long-term care association

January 14, 2020

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OJA Board Elects Chairman 

OKLAHOMA CITY, JAN. 14, 2020— Board members of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today elected Karen Youngblood as chairman of the nine-member board. Youngblood succeeds Warren A. “Tony” Caldwell, who served as board chairman until his resignation from the board last month.

December 18, 2019

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OJA Board Approves Updated State Plan for Juvenile Detention Services

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OJA Receives Arnall Family Foundation Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OJA Receives Arnall Family Foundation GrantAward will improve youth in state custody connection with families. The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) today announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Arnall Family Foundation COVID-19 Child Welfare Rapid Response Fund to purchase electronic devices so youth in its custody will have better access to communicate with family members, mentors and agency juvenile service workers.  Read More...

 

OJA Board Names Rachel Holt as Interim Executive Director

Thu, March 5, 2020 (No comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OJA Board Names Rachel Holt as Interim Executive Director. The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today named Rachel Canuso Holt as interim executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA).Holt is the chief operating officer (COO) and senior general counsel for OJA. Her appointment takes effect Saturday.  OJA Executive Director Steven Buck, who also serves as state secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives,  Read More...

 

Steven Buck Steps Down as OJA Executive Director, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives

Thu, February 13, 2020 (No comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Steven Buck Steps Down as OJA Executive Director, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood InitiativesHe is leaving to head a long-term care association. The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Executive Director Steven Buck today announced he is resigning to take a job leading an association representing long-term care facilities. He is also leaving his position on Governor Kevin Stitt’s Cabinet, where he served as  Read More...

 

PRESS RELEASE (WITH PHOTOS) OJA Board Elects Chairman

Tue, January 14, 2020 (1 comment)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OJA Board Elects Chairman. Board members of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today elected Karen Youngblood as chairman of the nine-member board. Youngblood succeeds Warren A.  Read More...

 

OJA Board Approves Updated State Plan for Juvenile Detention Services

Wed, December 18, 2019 (No comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Board Approves Updated State Plan for Juvenile Detention ServicesOKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 18, 2019—The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today approved an updated State Plan for the Establishment of Juvenile Detention Services, which will determine the number of juvenile detention beds necessary for the state’s current needs and the locations of those needed beds. The plan also determines the number of juvenile detention beds for which the Office of Juvenile  Read More...

 

OJA Staff Delivering Gifts from Santa Claus Commission to Youth in Agency Custody

Mon, December 16, 2019 (No comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Staff Delivering Gifts from Santa Claus Commission to Youth in Agency CustodyOKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 16, 2019—Staff members with the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) are working with the Santa Claus Commission to make sure about 315 young people spending Christmas in group homes and secure-care treatment facilities are remembered during the holiday season.OJA staff members wrapped gifts for the youth, and are now delivering them. The gifts were purchased with funds  Read More...