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Step Up to the Plate

By | July 15th, 2011|General|

It’s time to step up to the plate if you’re interested in providing clear and concise information about how best to integrate primary and acute healthcare with behavioral health care for folks with serious mental illnesses in Arizona.  One of our top priorities in behavioral health over the coming years will be to better integrate [...]

Linkages Fund Raiser

By | April 19th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

On Friday, April 29th, 2011, LINKAGES will be hosting its first annual “Linkages Golf Classic 2011” fundraiser at the Scottsdale Silverado Golf Club, teeing off at 7:30 a.m.  Linkages was founded on the premise that employment empowers people with hope for a better future. They form partnerships with local rehabilitation agencies and employers and act [...]

Adjusting Licensing to Accommodate Integration

By | April 13th, 2011|Licensing|

I’ve written often over the last few weeks about our priority over the next couple of years to better integrate primary healthcare and psychiatric care in AZ, and that last week HHS approved the Health Homes Planning Grant which will focus on improving coordination of care and increasing access to primary care and prevention services, [...]

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 [...]

MY Fest 4

By | March 23rd, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

The 4th Annual MY Fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm.  This exciting event has once again been planned and produced by members of Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) Arizona. The MY Fest youth festival will be at the Tempe Beach Park again this year and [...]

A New Best Practice for Suicide Prevention

By | March 22nd, 2011|Behavioral Health|

SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Resource Center has added At-Risk for High School Educators to its Best Practice Registry for suicide prevention programs. At-Risk is an online interactive training simulation designed to prepare teachers to identify, approach, and refer students exhibiting signs psychological distress including depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. Users assume the role of a high [...]

Arizona Peer and Family Coalition

By | March 3rd, 2011|Behavioral Health|

Congrats to the Arizona Peer and Family Coalition for rolling out their new user friendly website last week.  The Coalition is a group of people from AZ’s behavioral health community, including peers, family members, government representatives, and providers. Their mission is to advocate for statewide behavioral Health policy development by peers and family members.  Their [...]

Marijuana Use & Earlier Onset of Psychosis?

By | February 8th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

A number of published studies have found that using marijuana (and other psychoactive substances) is associated with an earlier onset of psychotic illness (notice I said “is associated with” rather than “causes”).  National mental health surveys have repeatedly found more substance use, especially cannabis use, among people with a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder. A [...]

Groundbreaking Statewide Outcome Dashboard Goes Live

By | February 4th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

One of our primary objectives over the last couple of years in behavioral health has been to shift the focus of our performance measures away from process and procedures toward actual outcomes.  In other words, we don’t want to measure our success on whether someone’s paperwork is right, but on whether the services we provide [...]