The History of Community Works

CommunityWorks was established in February 2000, by a small group of likeminded, forward thinking, multidisciplinary professionals as a contract provider of residential group home services for adolescent females in the custody of the state of Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services.

 

In the past decade, CommunityWorks has evolved into a Behavioral Health and Addictions Services agency offering a broad range of programs for vulnerable children, adolescents, families and adults in central Oklahoma.

 

The mission of CommunityWorks is to assist individuals and organizations in improving and enhancing their lives encouraging their full potential while realizing the highest benefit for public good.  Simply put: the mission of CommunityWorks is unconditional care.

 

After five years of evaluation, CW’s Board of Directors determined that providing high quality residential programming as its single focus was not enough for the clients served as well as our staff professionals.  Efforts were undertaken to realign the focus toward a full continuum of care.  The result was the expansion of out-patient and school- based services, followed with the development of a full complement of educational services.

 

Responding to CW’s expanded focus on a continuum of services – and the defined direction of the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services toward co-occurring disorders – CommunityWorks became the operating organization for our addictions services agency, AlternativeWorks.

 

In late fall of 2006, CommunityWorks became the contracted provider of Oklahoma’s third largest regional juvenile detention center, located Norman. In part, CW’s decision to accept operational responsibility of this 26 bed facility was derived out of a strong commitment to the community served by CommunityWorks and the flexibility of to respond rapidly to a unique contract opportunity in line with CW’s mission and vision.  A strong management team for the juvenile detention center is headed up by a Program Director with nearly thirty years experience working in all facets of the Office of Juvenile Affairs prior to early retirement.

 

Based upon rapid expansion and the need for space to keep pace with strong annual growth, CommunityWorks relocated its corporate headquarters near downtown Norman in a built purchased in March 2008. The building is ideally situated across from the Cleveland County Courthouse and required minimal modification. CommunityWorks opened for full operation in April 2008.

 

In the fall of 2008, CommunityWorks launched two new school-based venues, one in Logan County and one in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.  Both sites offer on-going opportunities to serve a wider more diverse population of students and families.

CommunityWorks implemented a Work Study Program in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma. Participation in the program has increased each year since it began in the fall of 2008 and provides student an opportunity to learn while providing a variety of clerical, administrative and programmatic roles.

 

During 2009, three members of CommunityWorks professional staff were certified in Parent Child Interactive Therapy at the University of Oklahoma Child Study Center.  With these certified professional, CW now offers a much needed service to Cleveland County and the surrounding areas.  Appropriately remodeled space in CW’s corporate offices now houses this service.

 

Also in 2009, CommunityWorks added a full-time Human Resource and Continuous Quality Improvement Director as well as a Director of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Community Outreach. Two exceptionally talented and qualified professionals were hired:  Sarah Barber, MPA, with human resources experience with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services; and Georgia Berry, LCSW, with over thirty years of professional experience in all facets of Oklahoma state social services.

 

For more than a decade, CommunityWorks has specialized in effective and innovative program assessment, design and implementation; solutions oriented consultation and project management, community collaboration and have led the way in ensuring services to low income at-risk children, adolescents, families and vulnerable populations in Central Oklahoma.