What’s Debilitating?

By | April 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|

The voter approved language in the AZ Medical Marijuana Act directs us to periodically accept and evaluate petitions to add new debilitating medical conditions.  We’ve made it through the first phase of considering whether to add 4 new debilitating conditions… 1) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 2) Generalized Anxiety Disorder; 3) Migraines; and 4) Depression.  You’ll [...]

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%), [...]

Medical Marijuana Public Comments

By | January 7th, 2011|General|

So far, we’ve received well over 1,300 comments on the Informal Draft Rules that we posted December 17.  Our first comment period ends today.  We’ll be reviewing the comments and revising our initial draft over the next couple of weeks.  We’ll be releasing new draft rules for public comment on Monday, January 31, kicking off our [...]

Mental Health ED Visits

By | August 3rd, 2010|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

Did you know that nearly 1/8 of all emergency department visits in the US are because of a mental disorder, substance abuse problem or both? A new federal report found that depression and other mood disorders accounted for 43% of behavioral health visits, 26% were for anxiety disorders and 23% involved alcohol-related problems. These data are [...]

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