Jonathan Small | August 12, 2016
Free Market Friday: Mental health, substance abuse transformation
The lives of those suffering from mental illnesses and substance abuse addictions in Oklahoma have been nearly unbearable for generations. Mental illnesses and substance abuse addictions are complex, necessitating all aspects of life to help those who suffer from these afflictions.
Like so many societal challenges, they are only initially overcome by individuals who see a need and act to change an unbearable reality.
One such individual is business owner Jack Turner of Oklahoma City. If you have experience with the transportation, oil and gas, or agriculture industries you know well the entrepreneurial dedication and success of Turner. He is the classic story of a hardworking Oklahoman who has generated millions of dollars in economic activity that has benefited and employed Oklahomans.
Many know of Turner’s business accomplishments, but may not know his passion and dedication to help the lives of Oklahomans who suffer from mental illnesses and substance abuse addictions.
Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.