September News & Updates


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Hurricane Harvey
MHA Back to School Toolkit
Behavioral Health Integration
National Recovery Month
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer Reports
AHCCCS Request for Proposal
Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2017 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
Contact Us

Coping and Helping Others Cope with Hurricane Harvey
MHA AZ extends our deepest thoughts and prayers for all those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you feel inclined to offer donations or contribute in some way, you may do so by contacting the American Red Cross here.

You may also donate to our partner agency,  Mental Health America of Greater Houston here.

On August 29th, MHA of AZ held their Association of Associations meeting, topic being 
Behavioral Health Integration in Arizona. Starting on October 1, 2018, AHCCCS intends to offer fully integrated contracts to manage the whole individual. AHCCCS envisions these Integrated Contractors offering behavioral health and physical health services to children and adult AHCCCS members not determined to have SMI. 

At our meeting, we discussed the importance of these changes with 13 different health plans. Our panel spoke to the crucial components of a system that manages the whole individual. Our panel included Emily Jenkins, Director of Arizona Council of Human Service Providers; Kristina Sabetta, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Arizona; Jane Kallal, Executive Director of Family Involvement Center and Marcus Johnson, Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy at Vitalyst Health Foundation . 

If you missed the meeting, you can view it  here. Also, don't forget to read about MHA AZ's position on behavioral health integration   here


Mental Health America's 2017 Back to School Toolkit  aims to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation through materials for parents, school personnel, and young people. 

By using the toolkit materials, you will help members of your community:

1. Be aware of the relationship between emotions and behavior problems in youth; 
2. Learn strategies for addressing bothersome emotions in healthy way s; 
3. Increase understanding of how disciplinary procedures centered around exclusion and isolation are more harmful than helpful; 
4. Access resources for finding treatment and help in times of crisis.

Download the MHA Toolkit here

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September marks the 27th annual National Recovery Month,  which emphasizes the importance of preventing substance use and promoting positive mental health. September is a time for promoting the achievements of individuals who are in long-term recovery as well as honoring the treatment and service providers who make recovery possible. 

To find events in your area or add an event that you are sponsoring, 

There's still time to share your personal recovery story via  Voices for Recovery.

New Behavioral Health Barometer Reports Provide  In-Depth, State-Level Data

SAMHSA released the fourth edition of its  Behavioral Health Barometer  state reports. 
These reports include data about key issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness, and treatment, for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, a nd health insura nce status. The reports can assist policymakers and public health providers in targeting programs and interventions to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America's communities.

Download the State Reports here

In November 2017, AHCCCS will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to integrate physical and behavioral healthcare services and streamline services for members. Beginning October 2018, members will choose one healthcare  plan for  medical care (physical) as well as any needed behavioral health services (with exceptions for SMI and CMPD populations and crisis services). Before the RFP opens, we would like to hear from current AHCCCS members so we can best address questions during the process. 

If you are a provider or advocacy group, please share this webpage with AHCCCS members to gain additional information.


In June 2017, Governor Ducey issued a statewide emergency declaration after newly released data from ADHS showed 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, an average of more than two people per day. The declaration required ADHS to:
  • Administer an enhanced surveillance advisory, providing enhanced reporting of overdose deaths
  • Develop and provide training to local law enforcement on protocols for administration of meds
  • Coordinate public health efforts between state, local and private-sector partners to identify prevention efforts.
View the ADHS Opioid Action Plan report  here
Read more about what Arizona is doing  here
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National Telehealth and Telemedicine Experts 3rd Annual SPS Conference
October 2-3, 2017
Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

4th Annual  Arizona Health Equity Conference
October 12, 2017
8 am - 4:30 pm
Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301

22nd Annual Candlelight Celebration
October 19, 2017
6:00 pm
Downtown Phoenix's Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Click here to register

October 21, 2017
8:30 am
Arizona State Capitol grounds, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Pave the Way Mental Health Summit

2nd Annual 
Speak Up - Stand Up - Save a Life Youth Conference
January 16, 2018 
3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017

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

Mental Health America of Arizona