Honoring 100 for the 100th: Bernard Albaugh

Image of Bernard AlbaughBernard Albaugh started his career in 1964 as an Oklahoma Child Welfare case worker, eventually becoming a Child Welfare Supervisor. Bernard received his University of Oklahoma MSW degree in 1968, and then became a Field Representative, and then an Assistant Director.

In 1970, Bernard held a new position as a child therapist in a BIA Indian Boarding School, and then was a child therapist in Indian Health Services from 1971‑1991. During that time, Bernard carried out eight research/demonstration projects as Principle Investigator for Indian Health Services, which included the development of a Native American treatment program for addiction that became a standard model in the U.S. and Canada. Bernard also founded the Community Mental Health System for the northwestern quarter of Oklahoma, partnered with the OU Office for Community Affairs in alcohol and other drug treatments, and conducted outcome research with the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse. This research resulted in a partnership with the Social Security Administration, in which social work services became a reimbursable service by Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance providers.

In 1977, Bernard earned his MPA degree from OU. Bernard worked in Indian Health, and then moved to the U.S. Senate working on the Select Committee on Indian Affairs to develop materials for the Indian Child Welfare Act. In 1991, Bernard developed a non-profit corporation for research and demonstration projects, wrote and received ten grants as Principal Investigator, and became a contract scientist with the Lab for Neurogenetics, NIAAA/NIH. Bernard also worked on a project concerning diabetes prevention, which was named a national model by the U.S. Office of Rural Health. During this time, Bernard was focused on the genetic/environment interaction involved in addiction and mental illness.

Bernard wrote, “Red Wolf and Little Coyote: Their Trail”, an award winning fiction novel. He also co-authored “Building Community Assets Through Research,” which was published in the Rural Social Work Journal. Additionally, Bernard was inducted into Social Work Hall of Fame, received awards for Indian Health Services, earned the Director’s Award for Excellence, and was recognized for his outstanding service in the Oklahoma HEW Association, the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, and the BIA. Bernard served as an adjunct faculty member at the School, and also worked on the Board of Visitors from 2005-2008.

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