July News & Updates

Kristina Sabetta's Departure
MHA AZ Board News
Minority Mental Health Month
Upcoming Events and Resources 
Support Groups in Maricopa County
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Kristina Sabetta's Departure

     Kristina Sabetta, LMSW, MHA AZ Executive Director has decided to discontinue her consulting services and step down from her position effective July 31st.  MHA AZ has decided that to further grow and develop the organization, it is necessary to hire a full-time Executive Director. Kristina Sabetta graciously declined the full-time offer and will be dedicating her time to her new and existing clients. Her passion and dedication to mental health will keep her active in community and she will continue doing consultant work through Sabetta Consulting. 
     Kristina has led MHA AZ for the past three years, and has worked for MHA overall for the past 13 years. As she transitions out of this role, we would like to take a moment to celebrate MHA AZ's accomplishments under her leadership.  
    MHA AZ increased revenue by 346%! We held three successful Seeds Conferences, formed formal partnerships with Dignity Health, created an Arizona Mental Health Hall of Fame and added smaller fundraising events to our platform. We created and developed a MH at Work program that has had impressive results!  
     We screened over 32,000 Arizonans with our mental health screening, educated over 2,500 members of our community, developed various marketing materials, became an active influencer on social media and made a presence with our legislators and AHCCCS policy makers.  In addition, we have built a Speakers Bureau program and developed a Volunteer Program. We assisted with the leadership of the AZ Parity Coalition and had a large part in growing the AZ Peer and Family Coalition. Lastly, we helped the community understand MHA's State of MH Report, which later framed our focus areas.
In Kristina's words, "Together, we have accomplished great things! ".  
We thank her for her years of services and her commitment to improving mental health services in our community. 

The Board will spend the next few months updating their strategic plan and searching for a new Executive Director. 
     Kathy Bashor, M.C., has resigned from the MHA AZ Board. She provided her services and advocacy skills to the organization for the past 3 years. We are incredibly grateful for her time, expertise and her compassion for the mental health community. We wish her all the best and are certain that she will continue to do great things! 
July is Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as  Minority Mental Health Awareness Month  in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).
While the term 'minority' is traditionally associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities within the US, Mental Health America (MHA) is focused on expanding this term to include individuals from a wide-range of marginalized and underserved communities, including those who may identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum, refugee and immigrant groups, religious groups, and others who are often overlooked.
By making this term more inclusive, we are broadening our way of thinking and underscoring the need to address mental health issues with a unique lens while integrating the varied needs of diverse communities. Through our efforts, we aim to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within these communities.

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.


Want to get involved with parity at the local level!
Join the
Arizona Coalition for Insurance Parity

Please join us in person at the Arizona Council offices at 2100 N Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 or via Zoom teleconferencing.
For meeting dates and times, please email info@thejemfoundation.com
We will be collecting "stories" about the lack of mental health and substance use disorder parity in order to bring parity legislation to during the 2020 legislative session.
Coalition Members:
Neighbors Council, JEM Foundation, Mental Health America of Arizona, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers   

Additional Events   
Back to School, Back to Health Event(Free)
July 20 th at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix
Join us for a health workshop focusing on how stay mentally, emotionally and physically healthy going back into the school year.
Arizona Behavioral Health Networking Group- North Scottsdale
Hosted by The Meadows IOP in North Scottsdale
July 19th from 9:00AM to 10:30AM
RSVP is requested for this event
Community Forum to Discuss Gaps in Services for Persons with Mental Illness
August 9th at Ability 360
YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Training
Friday, August 16th
6000 W Olive Ave Glendale, AZ 85302
Event details here 
Pave the Way Mental Health Summit
Owatta University
August 31st
Event details here 
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
Southwest Network Events

To donate directly to Mental Health America of Arizona click  here.

To donate through Fry's click  here.

To donate through Amazon Smile click here.


Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.C., Secretary
Laura Dix, M.S.
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.
Detective Amanda Stamps
Gregory Robbins
Mental Health America of Arizona