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Thousand Oaks Shooting
Mental Health and the Holidays
Opioid Package Signed into Law
Rest, Relaxation, Exercise
Save the Date
MH in the Workplace Training

Upcoming Events and Community Calendar
Support Groups in Maricopa County
2018 MHA of AZ Board of Directors
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MHA Response to Thousand Oaks Shooting

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO
"This morning, we were awakened to the horror of yet another mass shooting - this time at a nightclub in southern California. It is hard to ignore the shock of such news, and impossible at this early stage to determine the motive of the 28-year-old shooter.
What we do know is this. The families of the 12 who died and the hundreds who survived will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives. Long after the physical wounds have healed, the trauma will remain. It is critically important that we recognize and understand this and do all that we can to offer the help and support that these individuals, families, and loved ones need.
We will never know if this tragedy could have been prevented if the killer had received appropriate mental health treatment. But we do know that too often in this country, we wait until Stage 4 to address mental illness. Many people who need treatment for a variety of mental illnesses, including PTSD, cannot get it due to lack of access and affordability - and policymakers force too many to wait until a crisis stage before asking for help...

Your Mental Health This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time for most. There is so much to do, attend and plan, which can bring up feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and depressed.  Sometimes, these feelings are triggered by a specific event or life experience. There are many things happening around the holidays that can act as triggers. Many people's benefit plans run January to December. It could be beneficial to check into your plan before the end of the year so you can use sessions before they expire.

Read 8 Tips for Mental Wellness During the Holidays

National Council for Behavioral Health 2019 Conference

When WE work together, WE change lives.
At NatCon19 , we celebrate 50 years of achievements in the behavioral health industry; huge strides that are the result of millions of little acts of commitment and service. And this is just the beginning. There is more work to be done. And the industry will rise and thrive because of all of our dedication. It will succeed and grow from the efforts of WE. Every single NatCon19 attendee.  WE help rebuild communities. WE offer hope and help where it's needed the most.  And  WE  are paving the way for 50 more years of service, support and success. 

Join us at NatCon19, the nation's premier behavioral health conference, and celebrate the power of  WE  as you connect with 5,000+ attendees, learn from industry leaders, and explore the future of our field.  Together,  WE  will celebrate where we have been, and more importantly, where  WE  will go!


President Signed Federal Opioid Package into Law

President Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a large, bipartisan bill to address the opioid crisis. The National Council applauds Congress for its commitment to making access to evidence-based addiction treatment a reality for the millions of Americans our members serve that are affected by opioid addiction. 

This bill makes many advances in extending addiction treatment through pilot programs in Medicaid and Medicare, makes medication assisted treatment more available, addresses workforce shortages and enables broader use of telehealth to treat these important conditions. The National Council looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to build on these successes by making these investments permanent and by expanding access to community-based treatment through the expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program.

Linda Rosenberg
President and CEO
National Council for Behavioral Health

Rest, Relaxation and Exercise

It can be hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the hustle and bustle world that we live in. If you are in school, commuting to work and/or taking care of your family, time can seem to evaporate. Taking good care of your body and mind can make a different in how healthy you are in general and how well you cope with change. Exercising, relaxing and getting enough rest will help you do better and enjoy life more. Taking good care of yourself may require a little extra time and effort, but it's worth it.


Request a "Mental Health in the Workplace"  Training 
from MHA AZ

DID YOU KNOW? Mental Health America of Arizona offers a Mental Health in the Workplace training which helps to 
create mentally healthy environments where employees are supported and businesses succeed!

Program Objectives: 
1. To increase knowledge of why mental health matters in the workplace.
2. To equip employers with the tools they need to create a mentally healthy environment. 
3. To provide managers, supervisors and leaders with practical tools to support staff with mental health issues.
Part 1 (60-90 minutes): Why Mental Health in the Workplace Matters to Your Employee and Bottom Lin e,  is designed to help management, HR, EAP and other professional staff lear n:
  • The various types and impact of mental illnesses.
  • How having mentally healthy employees lowers costs.
  • Reasons why employers should care about their employees' mental health.
  • Ways employers can create mental health-friendly workplaces.
Part 2 (120 minutes): Guidance for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders, is designed to equip leaders with ways to support the mental health of their employees by:
  • Promoting mental health in the workplace.
  • Recognizing when there may be a mental health issue with an employee.
  • Addressing employees who are showing performance and mental health issues.
  • Locating resources, finding assistance, and offering "suggested" reasonable accommodations for employees.
  • Assisting an employee to create a plan for success at work. 
Part 2 (120 minutes): Guidance
  • Individual consultation available to furthering a mental health at work program or addressing specific employee needs. 

Training and Consultation Fees:
Determined based on volume, frequency and location
For more information, please contact MHA of AZ's Executive Director, Kristina Sabetta at 480-540-8682.


QPR Gatekeeping Training (Questions, Persuade, Refer) 
JEM Foundation
November 17th, 2018
 1:00 pm
Aurora Behavioral Health - Tempe
RSVP (password is JEM) 

Survivor Day
Sponsored by the Arizona Foundation for Suicide Prevention
November 17th, 2018
 1:00 pm
For event details, contact Cori Frolander, , 480-262-1746 

The Opioid Epidemic within the Disability Community
 Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7:30am-11:30am OR 12:00pm-4:00pm
ABILITY360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix 85034, Conference Center

Peer Specialists: Using Your Recovery Story to Connect and Inspire
Free Webinar
Tuesday, November 27, 12 pm, online

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