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National  Recovery Month
National Suicide Prevention Month
Governor Ducey PTSD Bill
National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act
PAFCO Voter Guide
Emerging Drug Trends
Depression in the Workplace
Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Use
Arizona Institute for Health Care  

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2018 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
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National Recovery Month Is Around The Corner - Prepare With The Official Toolkit

September is National Recovery Month - a chance to celebrate individuals in recovery and raise awareness of substance use disorders. Although it isn't here yet, you can get ready for the 29th Annual Recovery Month with a free toolkit of media templates, event planning tips and PSAs from SAMHSA. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community."

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month-a time to share resources and  stories  in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. 

Gov. Ducey Holds Ceremonial Signing For Bill Expanding PTSD Treatment For First Responders  

Last month, Governor Doug Ducey was joined by the family of Phoenix Police Officer Craig Tiger for a ceremonial bill signing of H.B. 2502, also known as the "Officer Craig Tiger Act." This bill increases the number of counseling sessions that must be covered if a licensed mental health professional determines that further counseling will help a first responder after experiencing a traumatic event on the job.

National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act

On August 14th, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act (H.R. 2345) was signed into law by President Trump. Considerable thanks go to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), along with Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) who were the key sponsors of this legislation in both houses of Congress.

The legislation directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to study the current effectiveness of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and determine the feasibility of utilizing a three-digit phone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.

2018 Voter Guide

PAFCO has put together a Voter Guide in an effort to better explain and educate voters on what role the different parts of government play. 

Emerging Drug Trends Report

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has released their  Emerging Drug Trends  report, and with it some surprising findings. Traditional wisdom holds that socioeconomic status is an influencer of the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder (SUD) in youth, with disadvantaged populations experiencing higher rates of SUDs. This new report challenges that wisdom with findings that rates of SUD are less affected by socioeconomic status, and more affected by a child's environment. This data demonstrates that robust prevention and parenting resources are needed in every community.

It's Time to Talk Openly About Depression in the Workplace

It's time to talk openly about depression in the workplace. The Right Direction is an educational initiative created to raise awareness about depression in the workplace, promote early recognition of symptoms and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

P ositive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.  Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs.  Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership Promotional Messages for Association Partners

Are you interested in developing yourself or your leaders?  Many organizations have cut their internal development programs. The  Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership  program provides high potential leaders within hospitals and healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. In the past three years participants have over a 50% rate of promotion. Effective leadership development does not just happen on the job or through a one time learning opportunity, it happens through rich experiences, research proven techniques and tools, and knowledge exchange with other leaders. This program is designed to develop healthcare professionals with the leadership skills needed to grow their career to the next level.  As a member benefit of our association (xxx) you will receive a $250 discount if you enroll in the program.  Participants say:
"As a newer resident to Arizona, The Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership program gave me the opportunity to meet peers from across the state and have a better understanding of healthcare challenges. The coaching with Joanne was invaluable for me to step away from the day to day and gain perspective. I enjoyed learning new leadership techniques to use with teams. This program helped me understand emotional intelligence and how to interact better with others knowing my strengths and weaknesses. I feel this program is a valuable tool for any healthcare leader wishing to advance his/her career or just become a better leader."
Vice President-Chief Information Officer
"This Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership training becomes a transformational experience for attendees. You can leverage this experience to: network with talented individuals across the Healthcare continuum, synthesize new ideas for your ongoing role, develop your personal brand in transition to your next promotion, and get coaching that will help you reach to your potential. This course is excellent, and a career builder for participants."
Former CEO, Healthcare Consultant

"Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to learn new leadership techniques that help our organization answer Arizona's call for better healthcare delivery. Our health center has utilized leadership concepts and methods shared by AIHL within our departments to provide our patients/clients with stellar service and quality care. AIHL has provided me with tools, resources, materials, and a peer network that I can draw upon to assist with my day-to-day management and personal/staff development. I would highly recommend AIHL to leaders looking to enhance their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and communication skills to help create an efficient and collaborative organizational culture..." 
Quality Improvement Coordinator
The program overview, application and additional testimonials are available at Applications are due by Nov. 16 th

Space is limited, to ensure availability and  save an additional $250 apply by Sept. 20 2018

Program runs Jan. to Oct. 2019. For more information contact or 480-840-6024.  


Free Adult Opioid Support Group (every Wednesday)
August 22, 2018, 6:00pm
S.T.A.R. (Stand Together and Recover Centers) Conference Center
2502 E Washington St Suite 200, Phoenix

Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit
August 23-24, 2018
Embassy Suites, Tempe

Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Chase Field
August 24, 2018, 6:40pm

Suicide Prevention Week
September 9-15, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2018

Out of the Darkness Community Walk
September 22, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Buffalo Park, Flagstaff

Timothy J. Schmaltz Leadership in Advocacy Awards Ceremony
September 27th, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Millions for Tucson Raffle Benefitting Hope, Inc.
Drawing will take place on December 13th, 2018

Check out more Community Calendars in the Phoenix Area!

Arizona Trauma Institute  Trainings   
ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy  Events
Health Choice Integrated Care Community  Events
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care  Events
NAMI Arizona  Calendar


Chuck Goldstein, M.D., Co-Chair  
Jason Bernstein, C.P.A., Treasurer
Matthew Moody, M.A., Secretary
Kathy Bashor, M.C.
Charles Goldstein, M.D.
Laurie Goldstein
Emily Jenkins, J.D. 
Marcus Johnson, M.P.H.
Charles Montgomery 
Karen Pitico, L.C.S.W & M.P.H.
Clarke Romans, Ph.D.
Myra Richman
Michael Shafer, Ph.D.
Detective Amanda Stamps
Mental Health America of Arizona