Oklahoma Psychiatric Hospital Association

The Oklahoma Psychiatric Hospital Association (OPHA) was founded in the spring of 2001 by a group of mental health providers interested in a pro-active approach to the direction of mental health services in Oklahoma. This group of hospital representatives established initial meetings between mental health providers and various authorities and agencies that regulated mental health programs in Oklahoma. By establishing a dialogue and communication forum between providers and regulatory authorities, the needs of Oklahomans with mental health concerns could be better served. Converting as one voice in the service of mental health consumers, these providers quickly realized the benefit of a unified approach to interpretation and compliance with regulations and “best practice” information shared among facilities.   

Later that year, the OPHA became an affiliated society of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Efforts to educate legislators and affect legislation regarding mental health programs and services soon became an integral part of OPHA’s mission. Member facilities work in concert with the Oklahoma Hospital Association’s legislative efforts to improve health care for all Oklahomans.     

Together members of OPHA Provide:
  • Acute inpatient programs
  • Residential treatment
  • Outpatient programs
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Therapeutic foster care
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Partial hospitalization programs   

OPHA has played a critical role in improving the quality of life for Oklahomans. Mental health issues touch lives of every Oklahoman. OPHA continues to be a driving force in:
  • Legislation
  • Regulatory changes
  • Legislative breakfasts and conferences
  • Creating additional psychiatric beds in our state
  • Educating the public on mental health concerns
  • Advocating for individuals in families dealing with mental health issues.  

Contact Information


Eric Sachau
(918) 588-8826 direct
[email protected]

OHA Staff Liaison

Scott Tohlen
Director, Government Relations