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Outcomes- Public Health’s Lighthouse

By | November 18th, 2011|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

One of our primary goals over the last couple of years has been to shift the focus of our performance measures toward actual outcomes.  In other words, we don’t want to measure our success on simple activities like whether we did an intervention, placed an ad, or whether someone’s paperwork is right- but on whether [...]

Building a Healthier Border

By | October 28th, 2011|General|

You can think of the border public health advocacy network as a binational matrix of public health partners that collaborate to improve conditions along the US-Mexico border.  The network includes national organizations like the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission along with state based partnerships like the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governor’s Conference.  Community based binational partnerships [...]

Let’s Celebrate Wellness this Week!

By | September 22nd, 2011|General|

Guest blog by:  From the Division of Behavioral Health Services Let’s Celebrate Wellness this Week!  You are invited to join Arizonans this FRIDAY, September 23  to participate in the Line Dance for Wellness and Recovery which will be held at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza (next to the Capitol Lawn in Phoenix) and at DeMeester [...]

Health Centers- a Key Hub for Primary Care

By | August 23rd, 2011|General|

We’re proud to join in the celebration of National Health Center Week by highlighting Health Centers throughout our State and the vital services they provide. Community Health Centers are community-based, patient directed organizations that provide services to medically underserved areas.  These valuable safety net providers offer full-time comprehensive primary and preventative care to patients regardless of their [...]

State Comparison of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health

By | August 10th, 2011|General|

A new report is out that provides a state-by-state comparison of a wide range of behavioral health issues. Every state has to deal with some significant challenges with mental illness and substance abuse.  For example, among people 12 and older, Alaska’s current illicit drug use rate more than double that in Iowa (13% versus 5%), [...]

Behavioral Health Outcome Dashboards Really Taking Off

By | July 18th, 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 [...]

Border Health Partnerships

By | July 12th, 2011|General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

A few weeks ago I blogged about the June plenary session of the Arizona Mexico Commission called Arizona & Sonora: Gateway for Innovation.  The conference provided an opportunity to move forward a bi-national agenda supported by Arizona and Sonora.  The health committee discussed regional approaches to valley fever surveillance, burn patient infrastructure, substance abuse, TB, border [...]

Arizona Mexico Commission

By | June 4th, 2011|General|

The Arizona Mexico Commission was started by then Arizona Governor Paul Fannin in 1959 to improve partnering between Arizona and Sonora in a wide range of areas.  It’s evolved over the years to become a premiere and unique cross-border nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the well-being and quality of life for residents of [...]

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 [...]

ADHS Launches New Mental Health Decision Tool

By | January 21st, 2011|Behavioral Health|

Right after the Tucson disaster, our team of behavioral health professionals started working on a decision tool to help folks better identify when and how to seek help.  We launched our decision tool this week. Most people with mental illness aren’t violent and most people who are violent don't have a mental illness- but there [...]