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Community Calendars
Cenpatico Integrated Care AZ Community Events
Mercy Maricopa of Integrated Care Community Events 
Health Choice Integrated Care Community Events 
AZ Center for Applied Behavioral Health  Events

Arizona Trauma Institute Trainings 
NAMI AZ Calendar
Sign up here for a Mental Health First Aid class near you!

2016 Board of Directors 
Michael Shafer, Ph.D. Chair  
Joshua Mozell, J.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer

Jack Beveridge
Sheri George
Charles Goldstein, M.D
Laurie Goldstein

Emily Jenkins, J.D.
Marcus Johnson , M.P.H.
Karen Pitico, M.P.H.
Mohamed Ramadan, M.D. 
Clarke Romans
August 15th, 2016
KidsCare Enrollment OPEN
KidsCare will finally be available as a health coverage choice for working families. As of July 26, families across Arizona who earn too much to qualify for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and are not able to afford the private health insurance, are able to apply for KidsCare at low- or no-cost coverage.
Families can apply here or for free, professional help families can schedule an appointment by calling (800) 377-3536 or visiting
The earliest coverage begins on September 1

Updates from the National Institute of Mental Health

New webpage, Technology and the Future of Mental Health Treatment: Learn about the pros and cons of the latest technology and how to decide which apps might work best for you. 


Could I have ADHD? Finding an Answer to ADHD as an Adult: This new online resource explains how attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects adults, including signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and treatments options. 


Coping With Familial Mental Illness in Stressful Times: Former NIMH Deputy Director and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Nakamura, discusses in a video interview how his family successfully coped with discrimination compounded by bipolar disorder during trying times for Japanese Americans.


CMS Announces Mailbox for Medicaid Mental Health Parity Rule Questions

On July 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of a mailbox dedicated to collecting questions from states, providers, and other stakeholders around implementation of the final Medicaid mental health parity rule. Submitted questions will help inform the types of technical assistance resources CMS will make available beginning fall of this year.
Submit your parity questions to the CMS mailbox at

NEW NIMH Director Announced
Last week, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the selection of Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., as the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Gordon is expected to join NIH in September.  Additional details are available in the release:

  Understanding Some of HIPAA's Permitted Uses and Disclosures

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have worked collaboratively to develop a series of topical fact sheets on HIPAA Permitted Uses and Disclosures that provide examples of when PHI can be exchanged under HIPAA without first requiring a specific authorization from the patient, so long as other protections or conditions are met. More info here. 
Advocacy Institute Program:
Still accepting applications!

The AZ Behavioral Health Corporation is still accepting applications for the Eric Gilbertson Advocacy Institute for Behavioral Health.  In the links below there is a flyer announcing the dates and the application for interested participants. Applications are due August 29th.
This is a series of 6  Saturday sessions in September, October, November & December that equips individuals to better understand the public behavioral health system in AZ.

Note: There is a $10 application fee, and for those accepted into the class, a $50 program fee.

Mental Health Summit 2016
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is hosting the Mental Health Summit of 2016 titled "Latest Truths and Treatment".
It will be held on Friday, August 26th from 8:30 - 3:30 at Cliff Castle Casino.
The fee is $25 and it includes lunch.
For more info contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135,

  Maricopa County Branch NAACP
"Candidate Forum" and Voter Registration Drive
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
South Mountain Community Center
in the Century Room
212 E. Alta Vista Phoenix, Az. 85042
"Your Life Matters: Your Vote Counts"
Meet and greet local candidates - Be informed on Arizona Senators and Representatives 2015 Voting Report Card.
The NAACP is the "Oldest and Boldest" non-partisan Civic Rights Organization in the country.

  Caregiver Symposium
Duet, a non-profit interfaith organization, is offering a Caregiver Symposium: "How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief" on October 6 at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
Renowned researcher, educator and psychologist Dr. Pauline Boss will share proven techniques to help caregivers deal with losses and how to reclaim hope amidst grief. Her session for family caregivers will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Includes lunch) and her session for professionals and students will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Each session is only $20 and to register visit www.duetaz.orgFor more information call Duet at (602) 274-5022.

2016 Emotions Anonymous International Convention

The 2016 Emotions Anonymous International Convention is scheduled to be held in Tempe, AZ from Sept. 23rd - Sept. 25th, 2016. The conference will be dedicated to achieving and maintaining PERSONAL Emotional Health. Experience SIX SPEAKERS, EIGHT WORKSHOPS, daily meditation sessions and Emotions Anonymous group meetings! For more info, click here.

Mental Health America of Arizona wants to acknowledge the support of Janssen Pharmaceutical Company. Corporate support is key to assuring there is a voice in the community.

We invite your participation and sharing of this newsletter by forwarding to your friends and colleagues.  If they wish to receive the newsletter, encourage them to simply click on the link here.  Let's share the word.  Time to get involved.
Kristina Sabetta, LMSW
Executive Consultant