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5 Years of Behavioral Health Innovation Paying Dividends (Part III)

By |April 30th, 2014|

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve reflected about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious mental illness.  So far, I’ve covered integrated health homes and improvements to the crisis system.

On the kids […]

Behavioral Health Quality Service Review

By |October 31st, 2013|

Objective evaluation is critical to assessing and improving the performance of any public health system- including the  behavioral health system that we manage.  One of the ways we assess our behavioral health system is to conduct a “Quality Services Review”, which identifies strengths, service capacity gaps, and areas for improvement at a system-wide level.

A couple […]

Guide to Community Prevention Services

By |October 22nd, 2013|

Every so often- you run into a resource guide that stands above the rest.  I discovered one of those awhile back called the Guide to Community Preventive Services – and it’s a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities.  The easy-to-read resource guide answers questions […]

Behavioral Health Outreach Along the Border

By |October 11th, 2013|

We have two Regional Behavioral Health Authorities working to improve and protect mental health along the border. Cenpatico and Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) offer specialized programs to help combat substance abuse and prevent suicide as well as to help those with behavioral health issues.  

One of the CPSA-sponsored prevention activities near the border includes substance […]

Men’s Health Week Time to Think about Our Health

By |June 13th, 2013|

This week is Men’s Health Week – the worldwide event happens every year before Father’s Day calling attention to the issues that affect men’s health. Many groups take the opportunity to talk about men’s health – we should be thinking about our health every week.  The top health issues that impact men’s health are also […]

Mental Health Month Kickoff (opening pitch!)

By |May 1st, 2013|

Guest Blog by Claudia Sloan; Communications, Cultural Competency, Workforce Development in the Behavioral Health Services Division

Today is the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month… and in honor of that the Arizona Diamondbacks in collaboration with the Mental Health Awareness Coalition is hosting an event during tonight’s D-backs game against division rival San Francisco Giants.  At the game […]

Programs that Advance Health Equity

By |April 25th, 2013|

If you live in or have visited the rural towns and cities in Arizona, it’s not a surprise that many of these rural locations don’t have enough healthcare providers. Based on current provider shortage data from the federal HRSA, we need an additional 170 primary care providers and 54 mental health providers to adequately care […]

Troubled Teens: At Risk and Not Overlooked

By |February 19th, 2013|

Our Vision at the Arizona Department of Health Services is ”Health and Wellness for all Arizonans”. Part of that Vision for folks living with behavioral health issues or a mental illness means achieving and maintaining self-reliance and independence.  To get there, some individuals simply need outpatient services occasionally.  Some need wrap-around community or home-based services. […]

Show Your Love

By |February 14th, 2013|

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day of romance, flowers and candy.  The CDC Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a campaign asking all women of childbearing age to Show Your Love by taking good care of themselves.  It’s a national initiative to educate women and couples on the importance of preconception health. Preconception health […]

Get Trained in Mental Health First Aid Today

By |December 19th, 2012|

The tragedy in Connecticut has reminded us all about how important mental health and mental health treatment is to ensure that we have a society that functions in a way that we’d all like.  To be truly effective, a behavioral and mental health system needs to make sure parents, teachers, doctors and emergency department staff, […]