Hiel named head of OJA’s Next Generation Campus

  • Bryan Heil

OKLAHOMA CITY – The executive director of the Oklahoma Crisis Recovery Unit, an Oklahoma County-based psychiatric and substance abuse crisis center, is taking on a new role.

Bryan Hiel, a longtime administrator with the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, was recently named superintendent of the Office of Juvenile Affairs’ Next Generation Campus. The campus is under construction in Tecumseh.

Hiel, who just finished his seventh year as executive director of the Crisis Recovery Unit, is a licensed professional counselor with more than 23 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse, OJA said in a press release. He was one of the main designers of the state’s new psychiatric urgent care model.

Development of the Next Generation Campus is underway on the grounds of the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh. The project, primarily funded through a $45 million bond issue, is expected to be finished in early 2022.

When completed, the Next Generation Campus will modernize and consolidate the state’s secure-care treatment program for juveniles.

Hiel will begin his new duties on Nov. 16.