Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children is an integrated training and collaboration group, aiding in the response to drug endangered children (DEC).  The mission of the Oklahoma Drug Endangered Children (Oklahoma  DEC) is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. We provide training and technical assistance to state DEC alliances and all those in the community who assist and care for drug endangered children.We work to strengthen community capacity by coordinating efforts with state and local alliances and by providing training and technical assistance. We also connect resources to practitioners through our Resource Center. Because of support from individuals, corporate partners, foundations, and governmental agencies, Oklahoma DEC provides program assistance to communities across Oklahoma.We believe that success begins with identifying children at risk. Recognizing children as victims gives us all an opportunity to provide intervention. By working together and leveraging resources, we can provide drug endangered children opportunities to live in safe and nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

In 2011, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics launched an initiative to revive the State’s priority on drug endangered children.

General Information
In the 2012 legislative session the Oklahoma Legislature passed HB 2251 and on April 18th, 2012 Governor Fallin signed it into law.HB 2251 modified Title 10-A. Title 10-A puts forth protocol regarding child abuse and neglect. HB 2251 added the definition for a drug endangered child.
According to HB2251 § 1-1-105. 22, “Drug-endangered child” means a child who is at risk of suffering physical, psychological or sexual harm as a result of the use, possession, distribution, manufacture or cultivation of controlled substances, or the attempt of any of these acts, by a person responsible for the health, safety or welfare of the child, as defined in paragraph 51 of this section. This term includes circumstances wherein the substance abuse of the person responsible for the health, safety or welfare of the child interferes with that person’s ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child. The term also includes newborns who test positive for a controlled dangerous substance, with the exception of those substances administered under the care of a physician.”

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