Behavioral Health

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Behavioral Health covers topics dealing with mental health in our state. This ranges from information about programs to help individuals have good mental health to Governmental topics like Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

Transitioning Behavioral Health Services

By |October 28th, 2015|

The only true constant is change, particularly when you are part of a team committed to continuously improving the health and wellness of all Arizonans. October 1 was an important day for the behavioral health system in Arizona with four significant system transformations occurring simultaneously. The Division of Behavioral Health Services, with a lot of [...]

IT Team has Integral Role with Launch of New RBHA’s

By |October 19th, 2015|

The integrated behavioral and physical health contracts for the northern region (Health Choice Integrated Care), and the southern region (Cenpatico Integrated Care) launched October 1, and Information Technology Services, part of the Division of Planning and Operations, has been tirelessly working over this for the past year to help with the launch. Over the last [...]

State Hospital Continues to Receive Joint Commission Accreditation

By |October 6th, 2015|

We received notification this week from the Joint Commission that the Arizona State Hospital will continue to be accredited for all hospital services through October 2017. The acknowledgement confirms the state hospital is meeting standards above and beyond general patient care. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations in the United States. Accreditation [...]

Expanded Integrated Behavioral Health Model set to Launch Oct. 1

By |September 28th, 2015|

People with a serious mental illness have increased mortality that is largely from treatable medical conditions caused by risk factors like smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and not accessing primary and acute medical care. Research demonstrates that outcomes are improved for individuals with a serious mental illness when their whole health care, both physical and behavioral, [...]

National Awareness Month Puts the Focus on Suicide Prevention

By |September 3rd, 2015|

This month, Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation to declare September National Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The proclamation states some sobering statistics. Arizona ranks 18th in the nation for suicides among children and adolescents. Numbers show suicide was the second leading cause of death for Arizona teens ages 15-18. Suicide prevention is an important [...]

Arizona State Hospital Updates

By |July 23rd, 2015|

Our state hospital team has really been working hard over the past few months! In May of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed an inspection of the hospital and provided us with a report of their findings. With a new leadership team in place, they've been busy putting together a plan of action to address and [...]

Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse with “Awareness. Action. Outcomes!”

By |May 20th, 2015|

Arizona, like every state in the country, is battling an epidemic of people misusing and abusing prescription drugs.  We’ve been working with several partners on the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative since 2012 to reduce the problem in Arizona. The Initiative team  recently developed a comprehensive toolkit designed to assist communities to tackle prescription drug abuse at the [...]

Grant Funding Helps Homeless Across Arizona

By |April 30th, 2015|

At the end of March, the men’s overflow shelter closed in downtown Phoenix.  The shelter housed up to 350 homeless men at full capacity. The city condemned the building for asbestos. We’re one of many community partners responding to the housing needs of vulnerable people in Arizona.  Our permanent supportive housing program will provide an [...]

Take Time in April to Learn about Alcohol

By |April 3rd, 2015|

You may have a drink each night when you get home from work.  Or maybe you just drink on the weekends.  Over time, you find yourself drinking more and looking forward to drinking alcohol. Didn’t that research say wine was good for you? Not so fast. You may be dependent, like some 17 million Americans [...]

Crisis hotline for those impacted by today’s shootings

By |March 18th, 2015|

  Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care established a special hotline 1-800-203-CARE (2273) for the public after two unconnected shootings in the Valley.  People can also visit for resources. The Crisis Response System in Maricopa County is built to provide care to anyone whether they are in the public behavioral health system.  People who are emotionally [...]