Rachel Witten (Whelan), a counselor at Putnam City North High School, and Jackie Lindblad (Landler), a teacher at Putnam City High School, received training about helping families and adolescents deal with their alcohol and drug problems. And with the support of parents and school officials, they established the first Student Assistance Program.
Based on the Johnson Institute theory of recovery, the educators established a foundation, separate from the school, where they could assist schools and communities across Oklahoma and the southwest. A Chance to Change – The Chemical Dependency Institute of Oklahoma was established. Counseling was provided for students during the day and their parents during the evenings.
At the end of the school year, A Chance to Change moved into the Christian Renewal Center (now known as the Catholic Archdiocese and Pastoral Center). The staff grew and the education, prevention, and aftercare programs were developed.
A Chance to Change received an award from the US Department of Health and Human Services for providing an outstanding health promotion program. The rest of the decade was filled with change, including a move to another location, change in management, and a new name, A Chance to Change Foundation.
The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services recognized a Chance to Change as one of nine federally funded Area Prevention Resource Centers (APRC) assigned to the Putnam City school district and surrounding community.
A Chance to Change also became a clearinghouse of chemical dependency information for communities across the state. The APRC grant provided the majority of funding necessary to conduct research based prevention programming to youth in the Putnam City area.
A Chance to Change Foundation moved to its present location at 5228 Classen Circle.
The Employee Assistance Program was launched. This program provides confidential counseling to employees of Oklahoma companies and their families.
Services are provided to businesses and local governmental agencies in the greater Oklahoma City area and at other locations, both within the state and out of state. A Chance to Change counselors help employees and their families with drug, alcohol, marital, family, financial, legal and other issues, including problems that may impact an employee’s work performance.
Counselors are also hired with expertise in helping those with depression, anxiety, family and marital issues, etc.
A special program for children age three to 12 was added.
ACTC developed the CONNECT program, a government funded pilot program to provide wrap around services for adolescents with substance abuse issues.
The agency became CARF accredited.
Through a partnership with Central Oklahoma United Way, ACTC developed the Family Assistance Program for low income families.
The agency also became certified to provide problem gambling treatment.
The agency developed A Chance to SUCEED, a school based substance abuse prevention, education and early intervention program.
The Inasmuch Foundation gave A Chance to Change Foundation their Special Recognition Award.
A Chance to Change celebrated its 30th Anniversary. The original vision of A Chance to Change remains intact. Along with providing treatment for chemical dependency, the agency has expanded to include outpatient counseling for mental health problems, second stage recovery and increased prevention and education programs. We provide services for the entire family; adults, adolescents and children.