January 2020 MHA AZ Newsletter

Find Mental and Behavioral Health Information and Resources by calling
Copa Health, powered by Marc Community Resources and Partners in Recovery at 480-994-4407

Are you and/or the individuals you serve taking advantage of MHA AZ's free, online, confidential
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.

Exciting Updates from MHA AZ!
Our 2020 SEEDS Conference will be held in October this year! This allows our organization and community partners to focus on legislative advocacy in preparation for the upcoming session, attend our Mental Health Hall of Fame Event , participate in trainings and events in May during Mental Health Awareness Month and wrap up the year with our annual conference! We hope you'll consider attending and/or sponsoring SEEDS 2020 as you prepare your next fiscal budget. We thank you for your support!
Over the next several months, we will begin our search for an Executive Director! Our Associate Director, Erin Callinan, MSW continues to lead our organization and will work alongside the Board of Directors to fill the role of Executive Director. We are thrilled to gain additional leadership to support and grow MHA AZ as we roll out new projects in 2020! Once the ED position is open for hire, we will be sure to spread the opportunity far and wide.

Our Mental Health in the Workplace Training
Program in Action
Did you know that stress and depression are two of the largest causes of absenteeism in our professional work spaces? This impacts an agency's bottom line, creates difficulties for employees and supervisors, and further increases workplace disparities.

MHA AZ is working to enhance and promote mentally healthy workplaces by sharing strategies for fostering a healthy workforce environment through our Mental Health in the Workplace training program.
The team at Vantage Self-Directed IRA's gathers to brainstorm and learn about best practices for responding to an employee who may be struggling with anxiety and depression
City Employees in the Town of Queen Creek put together their internal guidelines for helpful and unhelpful ways to ask about mental health and stress in the workplace.

Your Voice Matters: Training for Mental Health Self Advocacy with Arizona Legislators

Presented at St. Joe's Hospital and Medical Center in November 2019
MHA AZ delivered this 3 hour "Your Voice Matters" training to increase participants capacity for mental health self advocacy and highlight ways to become involved in systems of change. MHA AZ provided an overview of the behavioral health system, tools for engaging in legislative advocacy, and identified ways to speak out about the needs of those living with mental health challenges with Arizona legislators.
A huge thank you to Whitney Walker, JD , Director of Communications and Public Policy at Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition for presenting on civics and legislative advocacy!

Contact Erin Callinan at [email protected]

MHA AZ was awarded an Arizona Community of Care grant from Dignity Health!
We are thrilled to partner with NAMI Valley of the Sun and Copa Health , Powered by  Marc Community Resources and Partners in Recovery to build our community of care, " Greater Phoenix Mental Health Connections."

This is a community wide capacity building initiative to increase the number of individuals who seek access to community based mental and behavioral health services.

We will p romote early identification of mental health conditions through community outreach, education, and supportive, timely engagement with community mental health resources and services, thereby reducing subsequent Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions due to untreated mental illness.

Taking Care of YOU in 2020

Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference
Volunteer Adult Facilitators Needed!
JANUARY 21st, 2020
Adult facilitators will support the student facilitators during the afternoon breakout sessions to lead small group activities with conference attendees. There will be 1 adult and 1 student facilitator per group of 15-20 student attendees. Training for facilitators is required to better understand responsibilities and activities. There will be one in-person and one online training required to complete prior to January 16th, 2020.
January - March 2020
Community Events and Trainings
NAMI Arizona 2020 Annual Meeting
January 11, 2020
9:30am - 3:00pm
Ability 360 Center, Phoenix
Introduction to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
January 12, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm
Abrams Public Health Center, Tucson
Train the Trainer: Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response
January 15, 2020
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Willcox Community Center, Willcox
Spotlight on Mental Health: Treating Depression with TMS
January 16, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lighthouse Psychiatry, Gilbert
Lunch and Learn: Dissociation and Complex Trauma
January 21, 2020
11:30am - 1:30pm
Aurora East, Tempe
AZ Adult Protective Services Stakeholder Meeting
January 23, 2020
8:15am - 4:00pm
Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix
Arizona's 2020 Legislative Landscape
January 24, 2020
11:30am - 1:30pm
Northern Trust, Phoenix
Mindful Self-Compassion for Chronic Pain and Illness
January 25, 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
Optimal You, Scottsdale
FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
January 29, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Southwest Behavioral and Health Services HQ, Phoenix
FREE Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
January 30, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Winslow
Trusted Adult Ally Training - Responding to Teen Dating Abuse
January 30 and 31, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Phoenix
ACEs and Substance Abuse Disorder
February 4, 2020
11:00am - 1:00pm
Abrams Public Health Center, Tucson
Bee Daring Foundation and Phoenix Suns - Project Phx 5K Walk/Run
February 8, 2020
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
Grief and Recovery
February 11, 2020
11:30am - 1:30pm
Scottsdale Community College
2nd Annual Winter Institute for Public Safety & Behavioral Health
February 18-20, 2020
ASU West Campus, Glendale
1st Annual Pathways Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Symposium
February 21, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30pm
The Pathway Program, Tempe
Mission 22: Break the Stigma All Vehicle Poker Run/Rally
February 22, 2020
Greyhound Park, Tucson
safeTALK Training
February 25, 2020
8:00am - 12:00pm
Winslow Indian Healthcare Center, Winslow
9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities
February 28, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix
Arizona Talks: Criminal Justice Reform
February 29, 2020
4:00pm - 7:00pm
First Baptist Church of Scottsdale, Scottsdale
Self Care: Beyond the Bubble Bath
February 29 and March 1, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Connections AZ, Phoenix
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling Symposium
March 2, 2020
8:00am - 4:15pm
Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
Polysubstance Symposium
March 10, 2020
9:00am - 3:00 pm
HiIton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Sedona
Behavioral Health Ethics
March 14, 2020
9:00am - 12:00 pm
Arizona Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training, Scottsdale
First Responder Mental Health and Wellness
March 26 and 27, 2020
8:00am - 4:00pm
City of Mesa Public Safety Training Facility, Mesa
Children & Teens DisABILITIES Support Fair
March 28, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Coyote Spring Elementary School, Prescott Valley

MHA AZ Board of Directors

Josh Mozell, JD, Board Chair
Chuck Goldstein, MD, Vice Chair
Jason Bernstein, CPA, Treasurer
Matthew Moody, MC, Secretary
Karen Pitico, LCSW, MPH
Marcus Johnson, MPH
Laurie Goldstein
Chuck Montgomery
Amanda Stamps
Adwoa John
Laura Dix, MS
Gregory Robins

MHA AZ Staff

Erin Callinan, MSW, Associate Director