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Multiple Chronic Conditions- an Expensive Public Health Threat

By | October 17th, 2011|Prevention|

I’ve written several pieces over the last few weeks highlighting our efforts to better integrate primary healthcare into the treatment plans for folks with mental illnesses- but the issue of providing better coordinated care for folks with multiple chronic medical conditions is really far bigger than this integration issue.  More than 25% of Americans have multiple [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Behavioral Health Integration Progressing

By | July 12th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

You'll remember that ADHS and AHCCCS jointly applied for and received a $750K Planning Grant to explore integrating primary health care and behavioral health care- especially for folks with serious mental illnesses.  Our teams have been very busy over the last couple of weeks getting the initiative underway.  One of the concepts we're exploring is a specialty Regional [...]

NAMI Report

By | March 21st, 2011|Behavioral Health|

The National Alliance on Mental Illness released a report this month that included policy recommendations for states to consider including educating the public, families and peers about mental illness and incorporating behavioral health screening into primary care.  The good news is that we’re on the mark here in Arizona as we’ve already begun to implement [...]

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Behavioral Health Trifecta

By | February 8th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

This month we also distributed to stakeholders (and posted on our website) a new resource called “An Introduction to Arizona’s Public Behavioral Health System.”  It's a high-level summary for people who wish to better understand who we are and what we do.  The short document covers the service delivery structure and the continuum of care available, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 Awareness Month

By | May 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|

We’ve come a long way since the days of institutionalization and separation from community, the stigma and bias associated with mental illness, but we're not where we need to be yet.  Reducing the stigma and bias against those facing mental health challenges is a tall order, but it can be done.  Efforts to increase public [...]