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Director of Behavioral Health and...

Variety Care
500 SW 44Th St.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73109
United States

Company Description: Variety Care job openings

Employment History

  • Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer
    Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Position, Managed Health Care
    Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Executive Director
    Integrated Behavioral Health


  • M.Ed.
  • master's degree , Community Counseling
    University of Central Oklahoma
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Web References
Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps - Oklahoma : board members, 2 Oct 2013 [cached]
David Howlett, M.Ed.
David Howlett received his master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma with an emphasis in Community Counseling. He has over 20 years experience working in Oklahoma's community health and mental health systems. After starting his career in community mental health, David worked for over 10 years in managed health care as the Director of Operations and CEO for Integrated Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral health care organization. From 2005 to 2008, David served as Chief Operating Officer of a large community mental health center in Oklahoma City. He now serves as the Director of Behavioral Health & Special Projects for Variety Care. David is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and a certified hypnotist. He is currently working on a second master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in pastoral care.
David Howlett, Executive ..., 17 Mar 2007 [cached]
David Howlett, Executive
Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC5600 N. May, Suite 120Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 235-4828 or (800) 856-2689Fax: (405) 236-5014
Variety Care, 21 Jan 2012 [cached]
David Howlett, director of behavioral health and special projects for Variety Care, said as many as 75 patients have sought treatment through the video conferencing system at the three rural clinics this year. A heavy percentage of the indigent patients who seek treatment at the rural clinics have underlying psychological issues that contribute to their health problems, he said.
"There's no shortage of mental health needs, and it's becoming quite apparent that as we get into this technology we're still having trouble meeting all the needs," he said.
Howlett said he set up a similar network for a mental health center previously. The equipment is of the type you might find in any other company that uses video conferencing for meetings and the like, but the network piggybacks the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse network and is specially encrypted so as to protect users' privacy.
"It's not as easy as Skype - it's way more secure than that," he said.
Variety Care, 5 Aug 2011 [cached]
David Howlett, director of behavioral health and special projects for Variety Care, said as much as 60 percent of patients seeking medical care also need some type of mental health assistance. As one of the state's safety net providers, community health centers want to help the whole person.
"We try to do that 'warm hand-off' from medical staff to behavioral health, and we have social workers built into our system who help with that process," Howlett said.
Variety Care, 15 Feb 2012 [cached]
Normally access to emotional or psychological resources is limited in places such as Fort Cobb, Tipton and Grandfield, said David Howlett, director of behavioral health and special projects. Even if networks have the mental health professionals necessary to offer treatment, it's often simply impossible to get them across the state to where they're needed.
But setting up a videoconference between counselor and patient is another matter, Howlett said.
"It's a different modality of treatment that's possible with technology, a way to connect services to a population that's traditionally been difficult to reach," he said.
Howlett said Variety Care's telepsychology services are secure and confidential, piggybacking on an encrypted network through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
A majority of patients using the conferencing services are indigent patients who have psychological issues that contribute to their health problems, Howlett said. Although the services are not new to Variety Care, the conference program now allows access to behavioral health specialists more frequently and immediately.
Howlett said Variety Care's growth plan includes several other communities beyond the three mentioned previously, such as Thomas in rural western Oklahoma. He said the organization also is considering making the services available to providers in the metro area as well, to help improve the overall efficiency of caregiver distribution around the clock.
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