The chief executive of Grand Lake Mental Health Center confirmed to the Journal-Capital that the organization is in the process of establishing a service location in Pawhuska.


Grand Lake CEO Charles Danley said preparations have begun to open a clinic in the 100 block of East 6th Street. Danley said he anticipated it would be a month, perhaps two months at most, before the opening of the new location.


Pawhuska City Manager Dave Neely said in a City Council meeting last week that he welcomes Grand Lake’s decision to locate in the community.


“It will be good that we will have mental health capability in the community,” Neely said. Grand Lake has also formed a supportive relationship with the Pawhuska Police Department. The police department received several iPad tablets for use by officers in the line of duty when they encounter persons who may need mental health evaluation or assistance.


Danley told the Journal-Capital that he and Pawhuska Police Chief Nick Silva recently testified before a group of Oklahoma legislators about the usefulness of the iPads in helping patrol officers respond in a timely and effective manner to difficult situations.


“It was quite successful,” Danley said of the testimony before legislators.


In other matters relating to police work in Pawhuska, the City Council last week approved a cross-deputization agreement between the city of Pawhuska and the Osage Nation. The council also adopted an ordinance that allows the municipal court to charge a technology fee of $10 “in addition to any and all costs, fees, fines, or penalties otherwise provided for by law and assessed on every citation.” The ordinance also allows the earmarking of a Municipal Court Police Department Equipment and Training fee in the amount of $10 on every citation to provide a revenue stream for training and equipment expenses for the police department.


City Attorney John Heskett clarified for the councilors that the new ordinance will not add onto the amounts of fines charged to defendants in Pawhuska Municipal Court, but will earmark how some of the money that is collected is ultimately spent.


Chief Silva commented favorably before the council about the cross-deputization agreement and the establishment of a revenue stream to pay for police department training and equipment needs.