June News & Updates

June 16, 2017

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  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time      
  2. Arizona Psychiatric Society 
  3. Glendale Daily Planet Coverage of our 2017 SEEDS Conference
  4. 2017 SEEDS Conference 
  5. Legislative Wrap Up
  6. Impacts of the ACA on Insurance Coverage by Congressional District
  7. Children's Action Alliance
  8. Upcoming Events
  9. Marc Community Resources Inc. 
  10. Community Calendar 
  11. NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
  12. AHCCCS Survey 
  13. Support Groups 
  14. New Women's Empowerment Support Group      

Don't miss a special evening in support of
Mental Health America of AZ at:
Friday, June 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage
Pre-show discussion 6:00 p.m. with leading expert on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pre-show appetizers and drinks
Tickets are $125/seat
100% of expense is tax deductible
Limited to 25 people
All proceeds go to Mental Health America of AZ
Sponsored by
Laurie and Chuck Goldstein
ASU is a proud partner of Mental Health America of AZ

Click here to read Dr. Dawn Noggle's article,
STEPPING UP: AN ARIZONA UPDATE ON A NATIONAL INITIATIVE, published in the  AZ Psychiatric Quarterly Spring Newsletter!

You can view a video regarding the Maricopa County Correctional Health Services 7 week intensive substance use treatment Mosaic program by clicking here. It is offered to individuals with covarying mental health needs who are also moderate to high risk for recidivism.

The Glendale Daily Planet covered the MHA of Arizona 2017 SEEDS Conference! Click here to view their article,  Break The Silence And End The Stigma; Talking About Mental Illness!

Our 2017 Mental Health America of Arizona Seeds  Conference - Navigating the Hurdles: B4Stage4 
was  on May 24, 2017 at Glendale Community College, and had over 275 attendees! This year's conference focused on discussing the early detection and prevention of mental illness. Click here to view the conference webpage and photos from the event!

Special thank you to our 2017 SEEDS Conference Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors
Spectrum Healthcare Group
Cenpatico Integrated Care
Health Net
Health Choice Integrated Care
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care
S.T.A.R. - Stand Together And Recover Centers, Inc.
The Goldstein Family 

Gold Sponsors
Crisis Response Network
EMPACT - Suicide Prevention Center
RI International
Care 1st Health Plan
iTeather LLC
Quail Run Behavioral Health Center
Connections AZ

Bronze Sponsors
Vitalyst Health Foundation
United Healthcare Community Plan
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation
Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center
Mental Health Guild
Channel 12 News
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Blue & Gold Sponsors
Marc Community Resources
Mentally Ill Kids In Distress
Arizona Council Of Human Service Providers
The Schneider Family 

There were many bills MHA took interest in this past legislative session. Click here to view a brief overview!


Impacts of the ACA on Insurance Coverage by Congressional District

New Analysis with Detailed Infographics and Data Tables

A  new SHADAC analysis provides information about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the uninsured by Congressional District, for all 50 states (435 Congressional Districts).

The analysis, funded by the  California Health Care Foundation, includes  detailed infographics and data tables illustrating changes in the number and rate (percentage) of uninsured between 2013 and 2015 across all Congressional Districts and for a range of demographic groups within each Congressional District including: race/ethnicity; income; citizenship; educational attainment; and employment status. 

What Do the Estimates Tell Us?

Notably, all but five of the Congressional Districts (out of 435 nationwide) experienced a statistically significant decline in the uninsured rate between 2013 and 2015. However, there was considerable variation in the magnitude of these declines. The percentage point decline in the uninsured ranged from 14.5 in the 34th Congressional District of California to slightly less than one percentage point in the third Congressional District of Massachusetts. 

There was also variation in the impact of the ACA on the uninsured for subgroups within individual Congressional Districts. For example, in many Congressional Districts those with lower incomes and less education experienced larger declines in uninsurance following the ACA. The infographics provide intuitive, at-a-glance visualizations of these important differences. 

Health care continues to be an extremely political and divisive issue, and understanding the impacts of the ACA at the Congressional District level is important for policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders engaged in the debate. This analysis can be used to understand trends in the uninsured  across Congressional Districts within individual states, as well as provide insights into how coverage rates for specific groups within individual Congressional Districts-e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, the low income, etc.-have changed under the ACA. 

Access the 2013-2015 Congressional District uninsured estimates.

Thanks to all of you who joined our panel of economists and business leaders last night at the Medicaid Works forum to discuss the connection between Medicaid, jobs and economic growth. We learned a lot from our moderator, Don Henninger, and panelists Lee McPheters, Mike Hutchinson, Josh Nu├▒ez and David Lujan.
McPheters stressed that Medicaid, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, is a critical part of the state's economic growth.
"A loss of federal funds for Medicaid could trigger a health care recession and have dramatic ripple effects throughout our economy. There is no way the private sector could replace the current Medicaid health care system that now covers 2 million people in Arizona," McPheters told the audience.
Lujan, who served in the Arizona legislature for eight years, added that no matter how solid an education system is, children need regular health care to succeed. He also said if Congress makes good on plans to turn health care responsibility over to the states, Governor Ducey will be the one deciding which families get to keep health coverage and which don't. "Governor Ducey will be the one signing the state budget that wipes out treatment and coverage for thousands of people in our state."
The forum, sponsored by Vitalyst Health Foundation, Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition, and Children's Action Alliance, included questions from participants. Attendees pointed out that Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have a critical role to play in standing up for Arizona's economic needs as the US Senate develops its own health care legislation.

Children's Action Alliance Informative Documents:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mental Health America of Arizona
Friday June 23rd, 2017
Pre-show discussion, appetizers and drinks 6:00 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to learn more.

Governor's Goal Council 3 - Healthy People, Places & Resources
June 26th, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Click here to learn more.

David's Hope 2017 Step Up Arizona 
Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit
Monday, August 28th, 2017
Sign in at 3:45 p.m.
Starts at 4:30 p.m.
o learn more.

 C all Andy Arnowitz (Information & Resources
Coordinator) at Marc Community Resources, Inc. 480-994-4407, M-F 9am-4pm. No matter what your need is, he is committed to solve the problem or point you in the right direction, free of charge!

 to learn more about Marc Community Resources 
and how it can help you!

Check out more events in the Phoenix Area.

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

The study found that hospital emergency departments can play a vital role in lowering the number of suicide  attempts among adults by as much as 30 percent. More information here

New data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals higher rates of depression among adolescents with common health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, and obesity. More information here. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and drugstore chain Walgreens announced a collaborative agreement, which will help improve mental health care for Veterans through enhanced education, access to resources, and outreach. More information here

In November 2017, AHCCCS will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to integrate physical and behavioral healthcare services and streamline services for members. Beginning October 2018, members will choose one healthcare  plan for  medical care (physical) as well as any needed behavioral health services (with exceptions for SMI and CMPD populations and crisis services). Before the RFP opens, we would like to hear from current AHCCCS members so we can best address questions during the process.
If you are a provider or advocacy group, please share this webpage with AHCCCS members and encourage them to take our member survey.

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.

The free support groups are sponsored by the 
Mental Health Guild.


New Women's Empowerment Support Group starting June 1st at the Red Mountain 
Recreational Center that focuses on strategies to help with deal with Anxiety and Depression. The group is lead by Elise Hurst who has gone through and continues to live with anxiety and depression. Her class is meant to be a support for those who suffer from anxiety and depression but also will be a good stepping stone for people who 
are nervous about seeking mental health services. 
Click here for more information! 


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
Myra Richman
Mental Health America of Arizona| Phone: 480-982-5305 |Email: info@mhaarizona.org  
Website: www.mhaarizona. org