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MHA AZ 2017 Legislative Priorities

Focus Area:

Protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that affect access to mental health services.


  • Monitor state budget and funding allocations for behavioral health.​

  • Monitor legislation that impacts defendants subject to involuntary commitment.​

  • Support the work of the study committee and potential legislation regarding “nonrestorable” defendants.​

  • Support Department of Health Services amendments to fingerprint and licensing laws.​

  • Consider support for Arizona Office of Courts legislation on sentencing fines, competency, and permanent guardianship.​

  • Support sentencing reform efforts so individuals with a mental illness can receive diversion program services and re-entry supports.​

  • Support efforts to increase the imposed time limits of 12 months to 24 months for TANF recipients.