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Are E-cigarettes an Important Tool in the Tobacco Fight?

By | May 21st, 2014|Prevention|

There’s no substitute for evidence when it comes to public health decision-making.  Over the last couple of years the public health community has been asking itself whether electronic cigarettes can play an important role in getting folks to kick their tobacco habit.  We haven’t had much evidence to answer that question so far… but a [...]

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 [...]

Integration Licensing Forums

By | November 30th, 2011|General|

Earlier this year the Governor signed HB 2634 which directs us to develop new rules for licensing places that can provide both behavioral and physical health services. We’re excited about this rulemaking because it supports our efforts to establish coordination and collaboration between all behavioral health and physical health providers. We’ve developed a preliminary plan [...]

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Small Childcare Group Home Rules

By | June 9th, 2011|Licensing|

We successfully overhauled our operating rules for Child Care Facilities last year, and now we’re well on our way toward doing the same for the smaller child care homes.  We’ve published our Draft Rules for public comment on our rules website, and we’re asking folks to provide input before we finalize the rules.  After reviewing [...]

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Medical Marijuana Public Comment session

By | February 16th, 2011|General|

We had the second of four public hearings on the draft rules in Tempe on Tuesday afternoon.  We got a lot of good input from folks and there were some good suggestions to improve the draft rule.  The most valuable comments came from people that offered concrete ideas for ways we can improve the rule's [...]

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Comment on Arizona’s Draft Medical Marijuana Rules

By | February 1st, 2011|General|

Three cheers for our interdisciplinary team that’s been working hard on the latest round of Administrative Code to implement the new medical marijuana law that will take effect April 14.  We changed lots of provisions since the latest draft that we released on January 31.  Here are just a few highlights: The new draft rules [...]

Medical Marijuana Public Comments Available

By | January 12th, 2011|General|

Medical Marijuana Public Comments Posted We received more than 1,500 comments on our initial proposed rules to regulate medical marijuana.  All the comments (over 1,000 pages) are posted on our website for viewing.  Our team is very busy reviewing the comments and suggestions looking for good ideas that will help build a more effective program. By [...]

Medical Marijuana Implementation Plan

By | November 15th, 2010|General|

By now you probably know that Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act appears to have passed after all (although the final determination will actually be made when the election is certified).  The Act identifies the ADHS as the organization that’s responsible for carrying out the provisions of the law.  There will be several teams of [...]

Updating AZ Childcare Center Standards

By | June 15th, 2010|Licensing|

You probably remember how we shifted from general funds to fee-based inspection programs.  The most controversial fee increase was for child care facilities, as the costs of inspecting child care facilities had been almost entirely subsidized by the state’s general fund.  In the end, we found a way to use alternative funding sources to provide [...]

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