MHA AZ March Newsletter
MHA AZ Out and About in the Community

We participated in the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save Life Conference as an adult facilitator for a youth breakout workshop at Grand Canyon University. Young people navigated the most common issues they face, ways adults create or remove barriers to seeking help, and made personal commitments to speak up and stand up within their schools and peer circles. Learn more at

MHA AZ attended the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's First Rally to Prevent Suicide in Arizona in February. It was a fantastic turn out thanks to the hard work of the AFSP-Arizona Chapter team and the passion of the community! Interested in getting involved? Learn more about their chapter and the statewide Out of the Darkness Walks at

It was an honor to co-present with Beth Brady, LAC from the Crisis Response Network and our newest MHA AZ Board of Director! This Mental Health in the Workplace Training at the Hays Companies HR Conference focused on fostering a healthy work environment, identifying the warning signs of suicide, and providing workplace accommodations and assistance. Learn more about services provided by the Crisis Response Network at

Interested in requesting a Mental Health in the Workplace Training?
Contact Erin Callinan at
Mark Your Calendar!

Registration and Call for Conference Proposals will open up by the end of April.

Are you interested in Sponsoring the 2020 SEEDS Conference?

Governor Ducey signed SB1523, Jake's Law, into law on March 3, 2020!
Governor Ducey signed SB1523, Jake's Law , into law on March 3, 2020! Members of the legislature voted unanimously in both chambers to pass SB1523. This would not have been possible without the dedication, expertise, and support of The JEM Foundation, Arizona legislators, behavioral health providers, and multiple community partners!

MHA AZ greatly appreciates the sponsorship and hard work of Senator Brophy McGee and Representative Weninger in getting this bill passed. Thank you to Governor Ducey and the Governors office for making behavioral health parity and access to services a priority in Arizona!

We feel honored to have had the opportunity to participate on the Arizona Council for Insurance Parity under the initial leadership of MHA AZ's former Executive Director, Kristina Sabetta, LCSW. As our Associate Director Erin Callinan, MSW stepped onto the committee in July, we continued to learn and grow from the experience brought forth by Representative Epstein, The Arizona Council for Human Service Providers, Ben and Denise Denslow of The JEM Foundation, Carly Fleege, MIKID, The Arizona Psychiatric Society, AFSP, The Kennedy Forum, Peers and Families, and many others.
Dignity Health Grant Partnership 2020
We are thrilled to kick off our Greater Phoenix Mental Health Connections grant program with community partners Dignity Health, Copa Health and NAMI Valley of the Sun! This Continuum of Care is a strategic community capacity building initiative with the intention of creating a connected mental and behavioral health community focused on community outreach and education, prevention and early intervention, promoting and facilitating access to care. Together, we will:

  • Educate our community on mental health and substance abuse
  • Facilitate confidential screens for mental illness and substance abuse
  • Connect people to community resources (both Medicaid and non-Medicaid resources)
  • Empower community members to become change agents
  • Increase assess to care through the designated Behavioral Health Resource Access Line staffed by Copa Health
Upcoming GPMHC Training and Workshops...
dates and locations will be sent shortly!

Contact Erin Callinan at
March - May 2020
Community Events and Trainings
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
Community LGBTQ+ Workshop
March 14, 2020
11:00am - 3:00 pm
one n ten, Phoenix
First Responder Mental Health and Wellness
March 18, 2020
8:00am - 12:00pm
Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix
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
Take Back the Night
April 3, 2020
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Phoenix Civic Space Park, Phoenix
Awareness Walk to End Homelessness
April 4, 2020
7:30am - 10:00am
Human Services Campus, Phoenix
Cops, Coffee, and Clinicians
April 25, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
A Better Today Recovery Services, Phoenix
2020 Battle of the Branches 5K Run: United in the Fight Against Veteran Suicide
April 26, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
2020 Summit on School Safety, Security and Trauma Informed Practices
May 7-8, 2020
7:30am - 11:00am
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
Chandler High School Out of the Darkness Campus Walk
May 9, 2020
7:30am - 11:00am
Chandler High School, Chandler
May 9, 2020
Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass, Flagstaff

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
Beth Brady, LAC

MHA AZ Staff

Erin Callinan, MSW, Associate Director