Grandmother fights for change in Oklahoma’s mental health treatment after grandson’s death

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa grandmother is fighting for improvements to the State of Oklahoma’s mental health response after her grandson’s death.

Debra Chastain wrote a letter to Gov. Kevin Stit sharing her grandson’s battle with mental illness.

Her grandson, Justus Skyler Cobbs died in an abandoned house fire in midtown Tulsa in February.

Chastain says she felt like Justus had no place to go.

He had been in and out of rehabilitation facilities but Chastain says he truly needed help due to mental issues throughout his life that led to him living on the streets.

She says there need to be more long-term facilities for those struggling with mental illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is fighting for change too.

A NAMI mother says change is happening.

She says more and more people are becoming aware that mental illness is an issue and agencies are being trained on how to help with mentally ill patients.