January News & Updates


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Coyotes Mental Health Awareness Game
Legislative Priorities
MHA AZ Advocacy Network
Request to Speak
All of Us Research Program
Hospital Discharge Plan

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2018 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
Contact Us

Purchase a Coyotes Ticket and $5.00 will be donated back to MHA AZ!

We hope you can join MHA AZ at the Coyotes Mental Health Awareness night on February 7th. Every person that purchases a ticket and selects our organizations name as you check out will result in a $5.00 contribution to MHA AZ!

Legislative Session Has Begun!

Join MHA AZ's Advocacy Network and Receive Action Alerts During Legislative Session!

As a voice for the people of Arizona who are or could be impacted by mental illness, MHA AZ and its members are dedicated to shaping public policy. We are asking our Advocacy network from around Arizona to join these efforts by contacting Arizona policy makers when important issues are being considered.

It is easy to participate in these efforts through the use of your computer and ALIS (Arizona Legislative Information System). This is how it will work:

1. MHA AZ will identify important legislative proposals which could impact (positively or negatively) our state's mental health system.

2. MHA AZ will alert you when actions are likely on proposed legislation and ask you to contact legislators or (when appropriate) the Governor.

3. Each  Action Alert  will provide you with information and ideas for messaging and suggest an action (for example, contact individual legislators or sign in for committees).

Request to Speak System

The Request To Speak (RTS) system is a website that allows the public to register opinions and voice comments on bills as they pass through the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives. If you'd like to have MHA AZ to create an account for you, please complete the Request to Speak Sign Up Form
Need help navigating RTS? Below, you'll find a video by Shannon Schell from Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition and Zaida Dedolph from ACAA that details how to use the Arizona State Legislature's RTS System.

New Community Resources

The  All of Us  Research Program offers free downloadable materials to help community members and others spread the word about the program. Our community of participants and engagement partners is constantly growing. We will provide information about news, events, and other ways you can connect with other people taking part.

Updated Hospital Discharge Plan

The Hospital Discharge Plan One-Pager has been updated with additional contact information for the new ACC plans.
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Did you know that Text-to-9-1-1 is available in Maricopa County?

The ability to text authorities in emergency situations became a reality for Maricopa County in April. A lawsuit filed by Arizona Center for Disability Law attorneys and deaf plaintiffs prompted emergency management officials in the nation's fourth-largest county to modify the 9-1-1 system to accommodate texting. The settlement also provided seed money for other Arizona counties to start a text-to-9-1-1 system.

Click here to learn how


Anxious Voices: Breaking the Silence
January 26, 2019
 THREE EVENTS: The S Word, The Anxiety Project, Panel Discussion
Hormel Theatre at The Phoenix Theatre Company

SafeTALK with Safe Out & TSAZ: Keeping our LGBTQ Communities Safe
February 2, 2019
11:00am - 3:30pm
 Terros Health, 3864 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix

Winter Institute for Public Safety & Behavioral Health Conference
February 13-15, 2019
 ASU SkySong Innovation Center, Scottsdale

African American Conference on Disabilities
February 15, 2019
 8:00am - 5:00pm
Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix

Bullying Prevention: A Research-Informed Community Outreach Event
February 16, 2019
 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center
1920 E. Cambridge Ave, Phoenix

Challenges in Perinatal Mood  Disorders: Assessment, Treatment and Advocacy
February 23, 2019
 8:00am - 6:00pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert

Mental Health and Faith Conference
May 24, 2019
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Huntington University, 8385 West Mariners Way, Peoria

Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings   
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care  Events
NAMI Arizona  Calendar


Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.C., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Laura Dix, M.S.
Charles Goldstein, M.D.
Laurie Goldstein
Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Adwoa John, M.H.A.
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H
Charles Montgomery
Karen Pitico, L.C.S.W & M.P.H.
Myra Richman
Detective Amanda Stamps
Mental Health America of Arizona