February News & Updates
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HR 2002: Resolution for
 Dr. Max E. Dine

ACA Job Report 

Substance Abuse Task Force Recmomendations

CMS Approves AHCCCS Targeted Investments Program

Contact your Local legislature

Important Dates and Deadlines

Mental Health America of Arizona


2017 Annual MHA SEEDS Conference

Navigating the Hurdles B4Stage4

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

Phoenix Indian Center

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Wednesday, March 1 & Thursday March 2
8:30 AM to 4:30 AM (both days)
Phoenix Indian Center
4520 N Central Ave
6th Floor Community Room

More  information here.

Center of Applied Behavioral Analysis 

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

For more information click  here

SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center

Amidst the Opiod Crisis: Best Practices for SMVF Resilience, Treatment, and Recovery

Wednesday, February 22
2:00 PM- 3:30 P.M. (EST)
To register click  here
Emotional Intelligence (EI) Training

Tuesday, February 21
9:30 AM - 11AM
3030 N 3rd St #200
Phoenix, AZ 85012

For more info click here

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 Policy  Events

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings 

NAMI AZ   Calendar

Sign up  HERE for Mental Health First Aid Classes near you!

Please see the attachment for the current information for FREE mental health Peer Support Groups. The groups are located throughout the Maricopa County, and also a group in Yarnell.  They are for people 18+ diagnosed with a mental illness.

Benefits of a Peer Support Group include:

  A safe place for people to share their experience.
A place to get ideas on ways to cope.
A forum for mutual acceptance and self-discovery.
 Be heard by sympathetic and empathetic people.
 Get a better understanding of your illness.
    Get out of the house and not being alone.
  Be able to connect & possibly make new friends.
    Opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have "been there."
  A place to remind ourselves that recovery is possible!

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Dr. Max E. Dine

December 15, 1939 - June 3, 2016
Max Dine MD, FACP, 76, of Glendale, AZ was born in Cambridge, MA to Sylvia and Felix Dine. Max graduated from Lawrence Academy, Tufts University and Tufts Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He had a successful Oncology practice in California before retiring to Arizona. A brilliant doctor and lobbyist for mental health, he co-founded Visions of Hope and received the Clifford Beers Award  in 1998 from the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America), the Ken Steele Award in 2000 from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for improving the lives of those living with mental illness and the Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Award in 2002. 
Tireless in his advocacy efforts, Dr. Dine engaged in a seven-year battle to ensure that this state's Civil Rights Act included protection for those with mental illness. His tremendous commitment to this worthwhile cause won him the Hon Kachina award in 2005, and his quiet approach and dedication earned him the well-deserved respect and admiration of all who had the privilege to work with him. 
Max improved the lives of many by raising awareness and helping to eradicate stigma for those suffering from mental illness by lobbying the State Legislature and passing the "2 little words" bill. The "2 little words" were "and mental" which were added to Arizona's ADA law prohibiting discrimination in employment.

HR2002; The Resolution of Dr. Max Dine
Arizona's House of Representatives paid tribute to Dr. Dine, February 9, 2017 for his legacy of advocating for mental health care.

From left to right: Dr. Dine's daughter Lori, his sister, his wife Sharon and Representative Heather Carter. 

New Report from ASU's School of Business Says Obamacare Repeal Will Kill Arizona Jobs

(Phoenix) - As Arizona celebrates the announcement of 3,000 new jobs as a result of Intel's latest investment, a new report indicates that repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona over twenty times that number of jobs in just the first year. The report released today by the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business details the stunning amount of job loss in Arizona that will occur with repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The study, Economic Impact on Arizona Of Repeal of Funding Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, was completed in January and was commissioned by Children's Action Alliance of Arizona.

The study can be found  Here. To read more on this click  Here
Substance Abuse Task Force Recommendations

Governor Doug Ducey, through the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF), convened the Arizona Substance Abuse Task Force in Spring 2016. Debbie Moak, GOYFF Director, and Dr. Sara Salek, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Chief Medical Officer, co-chaired the Task Force. Twenty-nine individuals were appointed to serve as task force members, and several additional people with special expertise were invited to participate in work groups. In October, the Task Force concluded its work and submitted a formal report making 104 recommendations to Governor Ducey. The report contains recommendations for Arizona to consider regarding: prevention and early Intervention programs, access to treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. 
For more information click on the picture!

CMS Approves AHCCCS Targeted Investments Program

January 18, 2017- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Arizona's request to begin a Targeted Investments Program that will make almost $300 million available over five years to Arizona providers who assist the State in promoting the integration of physical and behavioral health care, increasing efficiencies in care delivery, and improving health outcomes.

As part of this larger integration effort, the Program will have a specific project focused on assisting those AHCCCS members who have transitioned into the community from criminal justice facilities. Connecting justice-involved members to appropriate acute and behavioral health care services upon their release improves their health outcomes, helps them to reintegrate into the community, and reduces recidivism.

This Targeted Investment will support the state's ongoing efforts to integrate the delivery system for AHCCCS members

What are your legislative priorities?  
Do you want to speak out? 
Do you want your voice to be heard?

Speak out and let legisators know how you feel! You can schedule a time to meet with them, email, or schedule a time to speak over the phone regarding your concerns.

For contact information:
Search: Here for District Senators
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Together we can make positive change. Contact your legislators today!
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.

Multimedia About Men's Mental Health: Compiles a series of videos of men discussing their experiences managing depression. The videos were a part of the former Real Men, Real Depression campaign, and have been digitally remastered.

Mental Health America of Arizona
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. 
Myra Richman
Clarke Romans, Ph.D.
Charlene Smith
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