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New Laws Related to our Mission

By | April 25th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

The Legislature completed the Regular Session last week.  They've passed numerous bills.  The Governor has signed many of them, but some are still waiting for her consideration and signature.  Below are the new laws that have been signed by the Governor that are related to our mission: HB 2585: Controlled Substances; Marijuana; Monitoring This law requires [...]

Incentivizing Chronic Disease Self-Management

By | April 12th, 2011|Prevention|

This month AHCCCS told us that they’ve picked our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease as the state applicant for HHS’ Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Grant.  The grant proposal (which will be developed with AHCCCS) must be turned in to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services early next month.  The grant [...]

Health Homes Planning Grant Approved

By | April 5th, 2011|General|

Last week I wrote about how we and AHCCCS applied for a Health Homes Planning Grant from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services to improve the health status of folks with serious mental illnesses by improving case management, care coordination, health promotion, transitional care, individual and family support, referral to necessary services, and the [...]

Health Homes Planning Grant

By | March 31st, 2011|General|

Awhile back the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released preliminary guidance to state Medicaid agencies (AHCCCS) regarding a new federal funding opportunity to coordinate and integrate primary, acute, behavioral health, and long term supports for folks with chronic illnesses.  The guidance encouraged state Medicaid agencies to work with partners to provide technical assistance for [...]

Assisted Living Technical Assistance

By | March 8th, 2011|Licensing|

Our Assisted Living Licensing Office is working hard to get the message out about important (and exciting) changes taking place in the program, like our new Online Renewal System.  Representatives from the Office are meeting with the Arizona Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers, the Long Term Care [...]

Maximizing Birth Outcomes

By | February 8th, 2011|Newborn Screening, Preparedness, Prevention|

Although we know a lot about the role of proper nutrition, exercise and general health in having a healthy baby, occasionally a baby is born with a special health condition or a birth defect.  Our Newborn Screening Program tests babies for 29 special health conditions including hearing loss.  These conditions, like phenylketonuria (PKU), can be [...]

Next Fiscal Year’s Budget Series

By | January 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

On January 15, 2011, the Governor released her proposed budget for next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2011. Our part of the budget in the link above is on pages 105 through 111.  You kinda need to be a budgeteer to understand some of it, so I’ll try to distill it down a little [...]

Update on the Governor’s Budget Proposal Regarding Persons with Serious Mental Illness

By | January 15th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

On January 15, 2011, Governor Brewer released her proposed budget for next fiscal year (which begins July 1, 2011). One of the budget items would change AHCCCS (Medicaid) eligibility for adults without children (called childless adults). The ADHS currently provides behavioral health services to approximately 5,200 persons with serious mental illnesses that are childless adults. [...]

2011 Department Priorities Spotlight- Behavioral Health

By | December 13th, 2010|Behavioral Health|

Last week, I outlined goals and priorities for the Licensing Division in the coming year.  This week I’ll hit on the Division of Behavioral Health… One of our primary objectives will be to better integrate behavioral health, physical health, and wellness at the "retail" level (i.e. at the point of care).  By strengthening integration and [...]