Just after midnight on Sunday, May 29th, during a Memorial Day gathering of close to 1,500 people in the community of Taft, shots were fired and one woman was killed and seven others were injured. The following day, our crisis staff at Green Country began formulating a quick response to provide mental health services to witnesses and any community member that was involved.
The offices at our main location, typically closed for the Memorial Day holiday, opened it’s doors and crisis services were offered and received by several in the Taft community, including some of the victims. Officers with the Muskogee Police Department were also on hand to provide support and security during the day.
Over the next few days, Green Country staff could be found offering mental health support and counseling at the town Pavilion near the location of the shooting. We will continue to provide support and care to this community moving forward. It’s part of what we call being “caring people, caring for others.”
GCBHS is certified by and funded in part, by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.