Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Todd Hallmark, Executive Director of Health
Phone: (800) 349-7026

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  • Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority, Talihina
    (800) 349-7026
  • McAlester Clinic
    (918) 423-8440
  • Hugo Clinic
    (580) 326-7561
  • Broken Bow Clinic
    (580) 584-2740
  • Poteau Clinic
    (918) 649-1192
  • Durant Clinic
    (580) 920-2100
  • Stigler Clinic
    (918) 967-9200
  • Idabel Clinic
    (580) 286-2600
  • Atoka Clinic
    (580) 889-1981
  • Talihina Community Clinic
  • Employee Health Clinic
    (580) 931-3636
  • Talihina Optometry Clinic
    (918)-567-7000 Ext 6701
  • Durant Wellness Center
    (580) 931-8643
  • Hugo Wellness Center
    (580) 326-9422
  • Hospitality House in Talihina
    (918) 567-9954
  • Choctaw Nation Diabetes Clinic
    (800) 349-7026
  • Children & Family Services - McAlester
    (918) 426-6989
  • Children & Family Services - Atoka
    (580) 889-1955
  • Recovery Center
    (918) 567-2389
  • Chi Hullo Li
    (918) 567-2905

Community Health Representative (CHR)

Norma Austin - Director
(877) 285-6893 Ext. 6094

Since 1969 the Choctaw Nation has provided the CHR Program for members of all tribes residing within the tribal service area. This program is designed to assist Choctaws and other Indians improve and maintain the health of themselves and their families. Services are provided to those individuals that have a CDIB. There are no income guidelines for eligibility.

The CHR can do many things to assist our clients, such as taking vitals, glucose monitoring, diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol diet education, patient education, maternal and child health, drug and alcohol abuse counseling, patient assessments, medical referral follow-up care, as well as the provision of many other health care services.

  • Angie James, CHR District 7
    Phone (580) 298-6325
  • Bea Parker, CHR District 7
    Phone (580) 298-6325
  • Becky Pickens, CHR District 12
    Phone (580) 927-3641
  • Margaret McKinney, CHR District 1
    Phone (580) 286-3869 *Sue Jefferson, CHR District 6
    Phone (918) 465-2959
  • Stacy Robertson, CHR District 11
    Phone (918) 334-5575
  • Janice Twist, CHR District 11
    Phone (918) 423-1016
  • Brenda James, CHR District 8
    Phone (580) 317-9494 *Pat Ensey, CHR District 8
    Phone (580) 317-9494
  • Kristen Crenshaw, CHR District 6
    Phone (918) 465-2959
  • Tammy Swearingen, CHR District 4
    Phone 800-349-7026 ext. 6094
  • Priscilla Ward, CHR District 3
    Phone 800-349-7026 ext. 6094
  • Lacquita Lewis, CHR District 9
    Phone (580) 924-7811
  • Robin Green, CHR District 9
    Phone (580) 924-7811
  • Shirley Anderson, CHR District 9
    Phone (580) 924-7811
  • Darlene Noahubi, CHR District 2
    Phone (580) 241-5654
  • Carrie Ward, CHR District 2
    Phone (580) 584-3832
  • Consetta Leflore, CHR District 10
    Phone (580) 889-7593
  • Tammy Morrison, CHR District 4
    Phone (918) 647-8353
  • Mariea Moore, CHR District 7
    Phone (580) 981-2107
  • Sherry McGuire, CHR District 5
    Phone (918) 967-4537
  • Glenda Parks, CHR District 7
    Phone (918) 569-7734
  • Carol Harris, CHR District 5
    Phone (918) 962-2220

Eyeglasses, Dentures and Hearing Aid Program

Phone: (580) 924-9704
622 Bryan Drive
Durant, OK 74701
Eyeglasses, Dentures and Hearing Aids Application
This program provides eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids to Choctaw Indians over the age of 55 years who possess a CDIB and live within the l0-l/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation. EDH services also include canes, commode boosters, crutches, commode chairs, wheelchairs, bath/shower chairs and walkers.

Office of Environmental Health

Tim Noahubi, Director
Phone: (580) 326-9673
208 Choctaw Industrial Dr.
Hugo, OK 74743

Choctaw Nation Food Guides
Choctaw Nation Food Codes
OEH Application for smoke detector, fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector

OEH Application

The Choctaw Nation Environmental Health (CNEH) is presently engaged in a program to provide sanitation facilities which include water and wastewater facilities. The funding for this program is provided through the U. S. Indian Health Service and therefore their qualification guidelines are utilized. These funds are to be used for items such as: water wells, septic tanks, drain fields, community water and community sewer connections.

For program regulations, please select the link above for OEH application.

Recovery Center

Jack C. Austin Jr., Director
Phone: (9l8) 567-2389
Route 2 Box 1600
Talihina, OK 74571
Fax: (918) 567-2417

Our Mission

The Choctaw Nation maintains and operates with the philosophy that Alcohol and Substance Abuse is a disease amenable to treatment, not a moral issue. With this belief and conviction the following is our goal: Provide a comprehensive and professional program, to show positive outcomes in preventing, reducing, and treating all individuals suffering from chemical dependency ages 18 and older.

We believe that people who are postdetoxification, and/or, have a life threatening relationship with substances need a period of time totally substance free. That is through the experience of living o­ne life without the support of mood altering chemicals, facing and dealing with the issues that arise from rebuilding a life, that a person will discover their own weakness and strengths. From this position they are then able to make informed choices about whether they will pursue a life of abstinence. We are eclectic in our approach, and do not work with o­ne specific model of therapy. We operate using a variety of intervention strategies e.g. Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Modified 12 Step, Counseling Skills, Relapse Prevention and health Awareness. We incorporate each individual’s choices into his/her treatment plan. This plan is constantly monitored and modified to achieve the most positive intervention possible.

Treatment Offered

Choctaw Nation Recovery center offers a twenty-eight (28) day program including individual counseling, group counseling and marriage and family counseling. The Recovery Center is a spiritually based treatment facility. Individual counseling is o­ne-on-one counseling between the client and their primary counselor. The goal of every clients positive personality growth and the development of effective problem solving, decision making and general coping skills. Depression, anxiety, anger, inadequate self-concept, ineffective social skills and other problems are treated. The anticipated outcome of the foregoing process is a positive concept of self with a priority issue of sobriety. Group sessions generally consist of four to ten members. Individuals, in their interaction with others, gain new insights into their behavior and feelings. This form of counseling inspires changes which result in more satisfying relationships and life experiences. Marriage and family counseling goals are to improve the quality of life within the family system of each client as well as for the individual members. Insights are sought into the possible causes of emotional stress and dysfunction in the home. The staff of the Recovery Center strives to facilitate significant change in the individual client enabling him or her to return to society and live a normal, productive life without the support or use of alcohol or other chemicals.

Admission Criteria

  • Males l8 years of age or older.
  • Must possess a CDIB card.
  • Must be in good physical health.
  • Must have a diagnosis which indicates a primary problem with alcohol, other drugs and/or substances.
  • Court referrals given o­n a case-by-case basis, are given additional qualifying requirements.

The Choctaw Nation Recovery Center is interested in working with community groups such as schools, service and religious organizations to provide chemical dependency awareness programs.

Chi Hullo Li

Renee Baughman, Director
Phone: (918) 567-2905
Route 2 Box 1794
Talihina, OK 74571

Project Chi Hullo Li (a Choctaw phrase meaning “I care for you”) is a comprehensive, culturally sensitive residential treatment program for Native American parenting women who (1) are between the ages of 18 and 35, (2) suffer from alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, inhalant abuse, and other drug problems, and (3) are parenting up to two children between the ages of 1-10.

The goals of the six-month intensive primary residential treatment program will be (1) to decrease the alcohol and other drug use among the women admitted for treatment, (2) to improve the social functioning of the client within the context of the family unit, and (3) to develop a comprehensive continuum of substance abuse care for the women and their children, family members, and significant others.

Diabetes Wellness Center

Tamela Cannady, Director
Sandra Dukes Lucier, RN, Program Manager
Phone: 800.349.7026 Ext. 6942 or 6959

Our mission is to prevent and effectively treat diabetes, provide education and training for better living.

The Diabetes Wellness Center is located on the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center campus in Talihina, OK.

Medical staff include: Dr. Ronald P. Robinson, endocrinologist, Ms. Dixie Hammons ARNP, and Mr. Eddie Noel PA-C.

We have Diabetes Educators available to provide many forms of education including diabetes prevention education and diabetes self-management training.

Our Registered Dietitian is eager to share her knowledge of healthy eating and the fitness assistants are happy to work with you to develop an exercise plan tailored to your particular needs.

Certified Diabetes Educators work in the community providing screening information to identify the undiagnosed and provide diabetes prevention education to youth across Choctaw Nation.

Clinic hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday (closed holidays)
Fitness Center hours:
5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s
(closed Sunday and holidays)

For current information on diabetes visit the official web site of the American Diabetes Association.

Contact information:
Diabetes Wellness Center
918-567-7000, ext. 6942 or 6959
Toll free: 800-439-7026

Mail Order Pharmacy

The Choctaw Nation has a program that provides medications at a reduced price to Choctaw living anywhere in the United States. The tribe has an agreement with a national mail order pharmaceutical network (PRxN) to provide prescription drugs through mail order for all Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tribal members living both inside and outside of the tribal boundaries.

Patients who need prescription drugs that are not available at the tribal hospital and clinics may be able to get medical supplies and prescriptions from this mail order pharmacy. Tribal members who live outside of the 10 and 1/2 county boundary and cannot access the Indian health facilities in the Choctaw Nation will also be able to save money by ordering their maintenance medications from this mail order pharmacy.

The price of the medicines and supplies from this mail order pharmacy is reduced from what individuals are accustomed to paying in retail pharmacies. These lower prices are possible because of the tribe’s utilization of federal price schedules that are o­nly available to Native Americans.

To enable you to receive this tremendously reduced pricing, the Choctaw Nation must document Indian eligibility to the mail order pharmacy. If you wish to use this mail order source for your prescriptions, please complete the application and return it to the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, Mail Order Pharmacy, o­ne Choctaw Way, Talihina OK 74571 with a copy of your Tribal Membership Card. The application requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader available at

Once we receive your application, and eligibility is approved, instructions o­n how to use the service and postage-paid mailer envelopes for ordering medications will be sent to you. There will be a toll-free phone number to call and receive free price quotes. Personal checks and most major credit cards will be accepted for payment.

This does not replace existing prescriptions provided by health care facilities within the Choctaw Nation boundaries.

Behavorial Health

Karen Hearod, Director
Phone: 800-349-7026

The Department of Behavioral Health concentrates on the short and long term care and treatment of clients who have mental health and substance abuse issues. Many times an individual simply needs to “talk with someone” about his or her personal problems, while another person has complex and persistent life-struggles that need to be dealt with over months and years.

The department is able, willing, and available to help people in need of behavioral health services so they can develop and realize more healthy individual lifestyles and richer communities.

Many types of diagnoses are focused upon by professionals in the department. Common treatment issues include depression, anxiety, panic, addiction, abuse and other challenges to living a stable and full life.

Our Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic is staffed by psychiatrists, nurses, and masters level therapists trained to properly assess each clients needs and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to meet those needs. While the main clinic is located in Talihina, behavioral health outpatient services are provided through satellite clinics in McAlester, Broken Bow, Hugo, Poteau and at Jones Academy near Hartshorne.

There are two residential substance abuse programs included in the continuum-of-care which serve Choctaw Nation eligible clients. These programs are The Recovery Center and Chi Hullo Li, both located in Talihina, within a mile of the Health Care Center. This allows patients in both residential programs to easily access quality medical and dental services.

One of the major goals of our behavioral health programs is to both treat and educate clients about their illness so they can lead healthier lives. This is achieved in the therapeutic process by counseling with the individual and family about self and/or medication management of the condition, as well as by attempts to connect the client to community resources for long term encouragement and support. Our therapists and social workers can aid in securing community assistance and developing an external support system.

Without a doubt, the need for quality behavioral health services continues to grow across America and in southeastern Oklahoma every day. The Department of Behavioral Health will continue to evolve with and meet the needs of individuals and communities in order to aid in the development of a better Choctaw Nation and healthier people.