GRAND Mental Health Partners With NOC for Mental Health Services

Ponca City Now - July 1, 2024 6:06 am

  GRAND Mental Health is excited to announce their partnership with Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa to deliver on-site behavioral health services to students, faculty and staff.

“I am grateful for this partnership. We all know college can be an amazing experience but also a very stressful time.” Said Larry Smith, CEO of GRAND Mental Health. “I believe cultivating great minds should include ensuring students have access to mental health services.”

During the summer, students, faculty and staff will have access to behavioral health specialists from GRAND Mental Health. The specialists will be on-site located in the Administration building, Monday and Wednesdays during the summer and Monday – Thursday during the school year.

Walk-ins and appointments are available. To make an appointment students, faculty and staff can make a referral on the GRAND website,

  Most major insurance plans are accepted, and flexible payment options are also available.

Services include individual therapy, peer support, care coordination and wellness checks.

“NOC Tonkawa is very excited to partner with GRAND to provide on-site mental health services to our students and employees.” Said Jason Johnson, VP of Student Affairs. “Care coordinator Kori (Watters) and recovery support specialist Vincent (Logsdon) from GRAND are a great fit to the NOC family.”

NOC President Diana Watkins added, “We know that mental health challenges can negatively affect academic performance, and in the wake of the uncertainty created by the pandemic students face those challenges in unprecedented numbers. Goal 1 of NOC’s 2019-2025 Strategic Plan is Student Quality of Life and part of Goal 2 focuses on Student Retention and Graduation. This partnership with GRAND Mental Health addresses both by ensuring our students have access to the quality mental health care they need which will have a positive impact on retention and graduation rates.”

About GRAND Mental Health:

GRAND Mental Health provides services for adults, children, adolescents, and families struggling with behavioral health issues, substance use issues, and integrated/medical needs in northeastern and north central Oklahoma. In business since 1979, GRAND Mental Health is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) providing evidence-based mental health and substance use services integrated with primary health care. Becoming a CCBHC has allowed GRAND Mental Health to hire wellness coaches, dieticians, occupational therapists, behavioral health coaches and peer recovery support specialists to provide a larger spectrum of services to clients.

GRAND Mental Health operates 29 clinics and centers in 13 Oklahoma counties, employing more than 2,200 people. GRAND Mental Health strives to provide personalized care, anytime, anywhere. GRAND Mental Health works closely with and is partially funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

About Northern Oklahoma College:

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater. Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website


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