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INSIDE THIS MONTH'S ISSUE
Step Up Summit
PTSD Awareness Month
Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2017 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
The MHA AZ Seeds Conference on May 16th was a wonderful success!
We send our gratitude and appreciation to our host, Glendale Community College and our generous Sponsors. Thank you to our exhibitors, workshop presenters, conference attendees and MHA board members for contributing to a fulfilling day of learning and inspiration.
Join us for Mental Health Awareness Night at the Phoenix Mercury on May 30th at Talking Stick Resort Arena
We are looking for volunteers to help
sell raffle tickets!!
Lady Gaga's #BeKindBeTheDifference Campaign Brings Awareness To Mental Health In The
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation and the National Council for Behavioral Health announced the launch today of #BeKindBeTheDifference - a contest to encourage people to get trained in Mental Health First Aid. The groundbreaking and evidence-backed program that teaches people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges and crises.
Peer Mentoring Found to Be Effective for People With Serious Mental Illness
Being paired with a person who is willing to share stories of their recovery from serious mental illness and provide coaching and encouragement may lead patients with serious mental illness to experience greater improvements in psychiatric symptoms and functioning than those who receive standard care only, according to an April 2018
Psychiatric Services in Advance.
"This study provides evidence in support of theories and emerging research that peers may play uniquely beneficial roles in connecting with individuals who may be difficult to engage or less responsive to traditional outpatient care," wrote Maria O'Connell, Ph.D., of Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues.
Becoming a Health-e-Arizona Plus Community Partner
Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus) is Arizona's online application system for AHCCCS Medical Assistance, Cash and Nutrition Assistance. Arizona families can apply, renew and report changes online at
or visit a HEAplus Community Partner for assistance.
HEAplus offers features that insure personal information is kept safe and secure and utilizes electronic information to verify many eligibility factors. Applicants who do not qualify for Medicaid will be connected to the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (FFM) where they may qualify for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions.
With the upcoming changes on October 1st, 2018 - be sure AHCCCS members have accurate and updated addresses in their files.
Watch Video on AHCCCS Complete Care:
DAVIDS HOPE 2018 STEP UP MENTAL HEALTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUMMIT
SAVE THE DATE!
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Everyone can make a difference!
Spread the word about PTSD and effective treatments during PTSD Awareness Month.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
View Promotional Materials and Tips to Raise Awareness HERE
Mental Health Crisis Planning
Involving Law Enforcement: The Typical Response
Wednesday, May 30th, 6pm to 8 pm
Scottsdale Police Department, 8401 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale
The Intersection of Opioid Abuse, Overdose, and Suicide: Understanding the Connections WEBINAR
Tuesday, June 5th, 12pm to 1:30 pm
For information or to register,
Hope and Healing:
18th Annual Arizona Survivors of Suicide Conference
Saturday, June 16th, 8:30am to 3 pm
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
For more information or to register, visit
More than 50 service providers in one location
Thursday, June 21st
Inter-Stake Center, 830 East 2nd Ave., Mesa, 85204
for a schedule of future events.
Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit
August 23-24, 2018
Embassy Suites, Tempe
Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
Health Choice Integrated Care Community
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care
MHA AZ 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Shafer, Ph.D. Chair
Joshua Mozell, J.D., Vice Chair
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Karen Pitico, M.P.H., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Charles Goldstein, M.D
Emily Jenkins, J.D.
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H.
Clarke Romans, Ph.D.