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Maricopa County Behavioral Health Contract Update

By | June 19th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

Last week the AZ Department of Administration decided to ask the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings to conduct an official hearing regarding our October 1 contract award for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County.  You may remember that the ADOA issued a stay last month that stopped the transition process.  We received a notice [...]

AZ’s Community Planning Matrix

By | May 14th, 2013|General|

Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about how a city’s General Plan is one tool for communities to define how they want their city or town to grow and improve population health and how city planning can have a real impact.  I wrote about how community residents can use a recently developed Toolkit put [...]

Behavioral Health Protests Denied this Week

By | April 19th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

A few weeks ago, we announced that we’ve awarded the contract to manage the Maricopa County Integrated Regional Behavioral Health Authority (beginning on October 1) to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, who will be bringing some exciting ideas to the table while building on the great things already happening in our system.  A couple of weeks [...]

Promotoras Make Connections

By | March 11th, 2013|Prevention|

What’s a Promotora?  In simple terms, a Promotora is a community health worker who's a trusted member of the community and serves as a link between people and services to promote the overall health of family, friends and neighbors. Creating effective linkages between vulnerable populations and the health care system can be challenging in Arizona. Like many [...]

Integrated Care Responses On Deck

By | January 8th, 2013|General|

We all need to take care of both our physical and behavioral health needs in order to be healthy. The mind and body aren't separated- and neither should the health-care delivery system- especially for folks with a serious mental illness. Folks with a serious mental illness die more than 25 years earlier than the general [...]

Suicide Prevention: A Winnable Battle

By | December 18th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Back in 2009, AZ had the 9th highest rate of suicide in the U.S.  In that year 1,060 Arizonans took their own lives- so it’s easy to see why suicide prevention is an agency priority and is featured in our Strategic Map as a Winnable Battle.  Since we’re responsible for the state’s behavioral health system- [...]

Worksites are a Public Health Lever

By | November 14th, 2012|Prevention|

In September I blogged about how we and Maricopa County Public Health entered into a partnership with the Arizona Small Business Association and Viridian Health Management to train Arizona employers on the implementation of worksite wellness.  I’m happy to share with you that the Healthy Arizona Worksites program has launched.   The purpose of the Healthy [...]

To helmet or not?

By | September 25th, 2012|General, Prevention|

Cooler temperatures have many people looking for new adventures, even in the high country.  Cycling is fun for the entire family, but it’s important to be as safe as possible.  Knowing the rules of the road is important, but so is personal protection – like helmets.  Injuries to the head are the most common among [...]

SAMHSA Standards

By | August 29th, 2012|Behavioral Health|

We’re happy to announce that we’re officially adopting four evidence-based practice models endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT); Supported Employment; Permanent Supportive Housing; and Consumer-Operated Services.  We’re adopting these evidence-based best practice models because they resonate with our core commitment to a system of care [...]