Sheamekah Williams serves as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). As administrator of behavioral health services for ODMHSAS, she oversees and coordinates all aspects of behavioral health services for children, youth, young adults, and families across the state. Ms. Williams has overseen Oklahoma’s System of Care (OKSOC) expansion from a 17-county program serving children ages 5-18, to a statewide program serving individuals ages 0-25 across all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Through her leadership, the OKSOC has grown exponentially, with enrollment increasing over 1000% during her tenure. She has been the driving force behind strengthening and expanding the OKSOC – most notably, establishing mobile crisis response statewide – and building partnerships across child-serving systems including education, child welfare and juvenile justice. She is intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion and has led the integration of effective practices into recruiting and engagement of staff and partners, and in development of services and supports.
As a consultant, Ms. Williams partners with states and communities to establish policies, and design and implement sustainable services for individuals and families that empower them to live healthy, independent lives in their homes and communities. Her past work included providing technical assistance on mobile response and stabilization services and high fidelity wraparound to U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) grantees through the University of Maryland’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation, and the National Wraparound Implementation Center.