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Upcoming Events

Mental Health America Association of Associations Meeting

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Stand Together and Recovery Centers
2502 East Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ


Wednesday, May 24th, more information will be coming soon!

Center of Applied Behavioral Health Policy Events

Clinical Supervision Foundations

Friday and Saturday February 3-4, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

618 N Central Ave. 
Suite 100 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Westward Ho - Concho Room

Motivational Interviewing Basics

Thursday,February 16, 9am-4pm
618 N Central Ave. 
Suite 100 
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Ethical Decision-Making

Tuesday. February 21
9am - 12pm
618 N Central Ave. 
Suite 100 
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Cultural Competence

Wednesday, February 21
618 N Central Ave. 
Suite 100 
Phoenix, AZ 85004

St Patrick's Behavioral Health Initiative
Monday, February 6

10815 N 84th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

C ommunity 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!

2017 Board of Directors 
Michael Shafer, Ph.D. Chair  
Joshua Mozell, J.D., Vice Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Karen Pitico, M.P.H., Secretary

Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Sheri George
Charles Goldstein, M.D
Laurie Goldstein

Emily Jenkins, J.D.
Marcus Johnson , M.P.H.
Charles Montgomery
Mohamed Ramadan, M.D. 
Clarke Romans, Ph.D.
Charlene Smith
January 13, 2017


Hello MHA of AZ Supporters. This newsletter is filled with a multitude of information, events, initiatives from MHA and other great non-profit organizations. Enjoy!
The Arizona Legislature Opened this Week

Did you hear the Governor speak? If not, find his speech  here!
Here is also a link to the Arizona Republic's coverage of the State of the State.
  Highlights include funding for education, waiver licensing fees for low income people, e ducation for physicians about addiction, extend TANF from 12 to 24 months, utilize Community Corrections Centers for those leaving prison, give Vivitrol to those leaving prison, efforts to cut red tape (new website ), utilize e mployment centers at prisons and much more! Stay educated and read his full speech.
So the Legislature is Open, now what? We will help keep you informed!
When it's time to contact your legislators, we will send out an Action Alert, so stay tuned! Please take a few minutes to ensure your voice is heard! Make your messages short, sweet and personal!
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or our website. These outlets are updated often!
Don't want to testify but want to watch the committee hearings, if so you can do so here!
Important Dates and Deadlines
1/17/17    Senate Bill request deadline
1/23/17    House and Senate Bill Intro Set preparation deadline
2/9/17     Last day for House members to submit bill requests to Legislative Council
2/10/17    Last day for House bills to be introduced
2/17/17    Last day for House bills to be heard in the House and Senate bills to be heard in the Senate
3/24/17    Last day for House consideration of Senate bills and Senate consideration of House bills
4/14/17    Last day for conference committees
4/18/17    100th day of session
4/22/17    Saturday of the week of 100th day.  Date required for Sine Die unless House and Senate leaders extend the deadline for 7 days.
4/29/17    Session cannot be extended beyond this date without majority vote of both House and Senate
Check out MHA's 2017 Legislative Priorities!
Focus Area:

Protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that affect access to mental health services.

  • Monitor state budget and funding allocations for behavioral health.
  • Monitor legislation that impacts defendants subject to involuntary commitment.
  • Support the work of the study committee and potential legislation regarding "nonrestorable" defendants.
  • Support Department of Health Services amendments to fingerprint and licensing laws.
  • Consider support for Arizona Office of Courts legislation on sentencing fines, competency and permanent guardianship.
  • Support sentencing reform efforts so individuals with a mental illness can receive diversion program services and re-entry supports.
  • Support efforts to increase the imposed time limits of 12 months to 24 months for TANF recipients.

Our Congress Still Needs to Hear from You
2,700,000 Americans with mental illness will lose out on insurance if Congress repeals the Medicaid expansion.
Sign, like, and share NOW if you want to help them!
What will happen in AZ if the ACA is repealed?

Congress is moving to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as soon as possible - with no assurance that people in Arizona will have protections for pre-existing conditions or access to affordable health insurance. This would leave people with mental illness, children, seniors and many others at risk!
PLEASE do your part and reach out to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake TODAY. Ask them to vote NO on repealing the ACA until there is a replacement plan that will allow for our friends, family and other Arizonans obtain the health coverage they need.

Are you one of the 2.7 million Americans that will be touched if the ACA is repealed? If so, tell us your story! We want to share the benefits of the ACA with our leaders!
Email us at

You're Invited!
Mental Health Association of Associations Meeting
We must work together to address core mental health related advocacy and legislative issues. Join us to discuss where our efforts are most needed and strategize how to best make an impact.
Advocates: Please bring your list of 2017 Policy Priorities to share with the group!
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Stand Together and Recovery Centers
        2502 East Washington Street, 2nd Floor Phoenix, AZ 85034
Please RSVP to Kristina Sabetta, LMSW at


NIMH(National Institute of Mental Health) has added more interesting and beneficial information to help advocate on behalf of mental health! Here are some of the many ways NIMH supports the mental health population.

1) RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) is a research project that assists in outreach efforts and helps educate the public about first episode psychosis (FEP).

For further information please click RA1SE to learn more. 

Two new papers have been published from the RA1SE Study:

The RAISE Connection Program: Psychopharmacological Treatment of People with a First Episode of Schizophrenia, Kreyenbuhl, J.A., et al.
Psychiatric Services
Family Member Engagement with Early Psychosis Specialty Care, Lucksted, A., et al.  Early Intervention Psychiatry


2) The National Association of State Mental Health Program Director (NASMHPD) in collaboration with SAMHSA hosted many informative webinars this past Fall. If interested click below.

Lastly, NIMH Director Joshua Gordon speaks about autism research. To hear his thoughts and findings  Listen Here.


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.
Jamie Willett - MHA Intern
Kristina Sabetta, LMSW - Executive Consultant