OCPA’s Jonathan Small hopes TSET vote to support nutrition services is ‘a trend that continues’
Published: November 15th, 2017
OKLAHOMA City – The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors voted Tuesday (November 14) to provide funds for senior nutrition services at the Department of Human Services (DHS) and mobile mental health crisis teams.
The funds will be directed to programs for children through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).
After the vote, Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) released the following statement:
“It’s encouraging to see TSET making healthier fiscal choices by shifting some spending back to its core mission of supporting the health of our most vulnerable citizens.
“I certainly hope this is a trend that continues. With more than $1 billion in the bank, investment earnings of about $40 million per year, and additional income of $50 million per year from the sale of cigarettes, it’s obvious TSET offers an opportunity to shore up core services.”