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Behavioral Health covers topics dealing with mental health in our state. This ranges from information about programs to help individuals have good mental health to Governmental topics like Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

Expanded Integrated Behavioral Health Model set to Launch Oct. 1

By | September 28th, 2015|Behavioral Health, Preparedness, Prevention|

People with a serious mental illness have increased mortality that is largely from treatable medical conditions caused by risk factors like smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and not accessing primary and acute medical care. Research demonstrates that outcomes are improved for individuals with a serious mental illness when their whole health care, both physical and behavioral, [...]

National Awareness Month Puts the Focus on Suicide Prevention

By | September 3rd, 2015|Behavioral Health|

This month, Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation to declare September National Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The proclamation states some sobering statistics. Arizona ranks 18th in the nation for suicides among children and adolescents. Numbers show suicide was the second leading cause of death for Arizona teens ages 15-18. Suicide prevention is an important [...]

Arizona State Hospital Updates

By | July 23rd, 2015|Behavioral Health|

Our state hospital team has really been working hard over the past few months! In May of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed an inspection of the hospital and provided us with a report of their findings. With a new leadership team in place, they've been busy putting together a plan of action to address and [...]

Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse with “Awareness. Action. Outcomes!”

By | May 20th, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Arizona, like every state in the country, is battling an epidemic of people misusing and abusing prescription drugs.  We’ve been working with several partners on the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative since 2012 to reduce the problem in Arizona. The Initiative team  recently developed a comprehensive toolkit designed to assist communities to tackle prescription drug abuse at the [...]

Grant Funding Helps Homeless Across Arizona

By | April 30th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

At the end of March, the men’s overflow shelter closed in downtown Phoenix.  The shelter housed up to 350 homeless men at full capacity. The city condemned the building for asbestos. We’re one of many community partners responding to the housing needs of vulnerable people in Arizona.  Our permanent supportive housing program will provide an [...]

Crisis hotline for those impacted by today’s shootings

By | March 18th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

  Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care established a special hotline 1-800-203-CARE (2273) for the public after two unconnected shootings in the Valley.  People can also visit www.crisisnetwork.org for resources. The Crisis Response System in Maricopa County is built to provide care to anyone whether they are in the public behavioral health system.  People who are emotionally [...]

Suicide Prevention Mobile App Launches Today

By | March 11th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a mobile app this morning to help primary care and behavioral health providers identify suicide risk among patients. Suicide Safe is available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. A webinar explaining the technology will happen at 12:30 today. The event is full at this point, but a [...]

Alcohol Treatment & Interventions in Arizona

By | January 23rd, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Substance abuse causes a host of bad public health outcomes including unintentional injuries, accidents, risk of domestic violence, medical problems, and even death…and alcohol abuse is at the top of the list.  Drinking too much increases your chances of being injured or even killed.  Alcohol is a factor in about 60% of homicides, 50% of [...]

Alcohol Poisoning in Arizona

By | January 22nd, 2015|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Excessive alcohol use is the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the US.  In fact, excessive drinking causes about 10% of deaths among 20–64 year olds…with binge drinking responsible for about half of that 10%.  Nationally, alcohol is a factor in about 60% of homicides, 50% of severe trauma injuries, and 40% of car [...]