• FOX23 Investigates: State of Care

    By: Clay Loney


    Quick Facts:

    • Nearly four years after the Oklahoma Department of Human Services filed legal action against a Tulsa-area man to stop him from talking to the media, he’s revealing the tragic circumstances of his mother’s death and why he fought the state.
    • Jason Freese was motivated to speak out again because of the investigation into the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the agency’s promise of a “hard reset” and a “change in culture.”
    • He told FOX23 that change to a more approachable, compassionate and accountable agency must extend beyond the Department of Health to DHS and Adult Protective Services.

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services released this statement to FOX23 News: 


    “DHS Adult Protective Services is taking a more interactive approach with families and focuses on promoting family strengths.  We know that emotions run strong in these types of situations and that conflict can sometimes be a natural part of the work.  APS tries to be compassionate and respectful of families, diffusing and reframing issues so everyone involved can function at their best.  Looking at this situation retrospectively, had that approach been taken, the family in this case may have come away with an entirely different perception and experience.

    We understand the frustration families feel when they do not receive the outcome they wanted for their loved ones.  However, the end result and outcome of this case likely would not have changed as APS findings, investigations and recommendations were presented to the District Attorney who makes the decision whether or not to file charges and prosecute.”


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