March News & Updates

March 15, 2017

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Hello and thank you for being an MHA of AZ Supporter! This newsletter is filled with a multitude of information, events, initiatives from MHA and other great non-profit organizations. Enjoy!
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  1. Upcoming Events         
  2. Welcome Myra Richman       
  3. Marc Community Resources, Inc.
  4. Community Calendar                 
  5. Republican Healthcare Repeal       
  6. Public Action needed for Section 1115 Waiver!
  7. Contact your Legislators!                 
  8. Support Groups
  9. U.S. Republican Healthcare Proposal        
  10. National Save My Care Bus Tour in Phoenix
  11. Important Dates and Deadlines

Save the date!

2017 Mental Health America of Arizona (MHA AZ) SEEDS Conference

Join together with individuals and family members living with mental illness, health care providers and other mental health partners in public safety, education and faith communities, in discussing the early detection and prevention of mental illness.
Former NFL great, Mark McMillian, is the featured keynote presenter. Nicknamed "Mighty Mouse," McMillian started off working in the mental health field before completing an eight year career in the NFL. In 1997 while playing for the Chiefs, he led the NFL in interception return yards and was tied for second most interceptions with eight. During his time in the NFL, he saw the significant impact of mental illness both on and off the field, recognizing that such an illness can impact any one of us. Mark has committed himself to giving back to the community and putting himself in position to help others. 

Glendale Police Chief, Rick St. John, leads off the conference by discussing the importance of mental health education and crisis intervention training amongst law enforcement professionals. Glendale Deputy Fire Chief, Chuck Montgomery, will close the conference with a discussion about the value of mental health education amongst emergency medical professionals and will share his values around advocacy.
Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall Listening Session, where we will discuss how we breakdown and identify system barriers. Attendees will learn how to recognize the early signs and symptoms to navigate the hurdles of mental health; develop strategies to advocate for your loved ones and for self-management; find access to community resources including crisis services; get information on innovative programs and services; and engage and mobilize with other community members. 

Coming soon: More information about breakout sessions and additional speakers.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Glendale Community College

Sponsorship Information
Corporate Conference Sponsorships: 

        Diamond Sponsor: $5,000
Two conference registrations
Exhibit table + 1 exhibit attendant
Your  logo on conference program
One-month feature on conference web page
Your logo on promo email to 8,000+ recipients Verbal & slide show recognition

Platinum Sponsor: $ 2,500
One conference registration 
Exhibit table + 1 exhibit attendant 
Your logo on conference program
One-month feature on conference web page
Gold Sponsors: $1,500 
Exhibit table + 1 exhibit attendant

Individual and Family Sponsorships:  
Blue and Gold Sponsors:  $200
Individual or Family Name displayed on our conference web pag e

Max Dine Scholarship Sponsorships: 

Silver Sponsors  (funds 30 scholarships) $3,000
Exhibit table + 1 exhibit attendant
Bronze Sponsors  (funds 10 scholarships) $1,000
One-week feature on conference web page

Sign-Up to be a Sponsor!

To sign up as a sponsor, please visit our website at  and the
"donate" tab to select electronic payment 
options or mail your payment to the address below:

Mental Health America of Arizona 
5110 N. 40th St., Ste. 201
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(480) 363-6740

Registration Information Coming Soon!
For more information about sponsorships, please contact Kristina Sabetta at

Mental Health America of Arizona
Navigating the Hurdles: B4Stage4 Seeds Conference 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Glendale Community College
to learn more about this exciting event!
 Information to register coming soon!

Empowerment Systems, Inc.
7th Annual Power of Wellness Luncheon
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Click here  for more information

Mental Health on Canvas
Special Guest: State Representative Heather Carter 
Friday, March 31st 
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Click  here  for more information!  

ASU Center for Applied Behavior Health Policy

       Grant Writing Workshop            
           March 17, 9am-12pm Phoenix        
                                          May 12, 9am -12pm Tucson 

     Clinical Supervision Refresher
March, 24, 9am-4pm Tucson
     For more information click  here

      Mental Health First Aid                   
            April 6, 8:30-4:30 pm Phoenix             
     For more information click  here   

                                           Connect with CABHP: 

Welcome to our newest Board Member, Myra Richman!

Myra brings an invaluable 35 years of experience in public relations, marketing, entertainment and finance to Richman & Associates, Inc. and Black-tie-Arizona. Having worked in the entertainment business for most of those years at NBC in both New York and Burbank, she worked as a production and talent coordinator on several network television shows that included: "The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson" and "Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes." As associate producer to news correspondent David Brinkley, Myra traveled the world with NBC News. Her left brain/right brain combination of talents comes from several years spent in the world of finance on Wall Street, in the entertainment business as well as running her own public  relations business.

To read more about Myra click 

 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!

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!

What the Republican Healthcare Repeal Bill Means for Families: Less Coverage, Fewer Protections and Higher Costs
(Phoenix) - DJ Quinlan, spokesperson for the Arizona Alliance for Healthcare Security issued the following statement after Republicans in Congress released their healthcare repeal bill tonight. "President Trump and Republicans in Congress are ignoring the American people and rushing to rip apart our healthcare.  While we're still analyzing the new Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to read further click  here


Please Make A Public Comment


   The public comment period for Section  1115  Waiver  has been 

   extended until March 29th. The IMD Waiver comment period ends March 20th.


You  still have time to get your comments in,
click here.

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
Search  Here for District Representatives.

Together we can make positive change. Contact your legislators today!

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!

Healthcare Proposal from U.S. House Republicans Will End Medicaid Expansion, Threaten Health Coverage for More than 400,000 Arizonans

On Friday, the bipartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) 
released a report on the healthcare proposal from House Republicans and how it will impact state Medicaid populations. The current plan closely resembles the repeal legislation that President Obama vetoed last year and would effectively end Medicaid expansion, eliminating health coverage for 11 million low-income adults and making deep cuts to federal Medicaid funding.
To read the complete article click  here

The National Save My Care Bus Tour

Save my Care is a movement to bring together families, advocates and health care providers to protect the health and security of all Arizonans.

The National Save My Care Bus Tour stopped in Phoenix, AZ on February 14th to advocate on behalf of Medicaid Expansion. Our own Jamie Willett spoke about her personal story and how she will be impacted by the proposed changes to health care. Nice Job Jamie!!

There's no time to sit this fight out, Get the facts, spread the word, and call Congress.

Important Dates and Deadline

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 
3/24/17     Last day for House consideration of Senate bills 
3/24/17     Last day for Senate consideration of  House bills
4/14/17     Last day for conference committees
4/18/17     100th day of session
4/22/17     Date required for Sine Die u nless House/Senate extend deadline for 7 days
4/29/17     Session can't be extended beyond this date w/o  majority vote of House & Senate


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: