On August 29th, MHA of AZ held its Association of Associations meeting. This session's topic was Behavioral Health Integration in Arizona. Starting on October 1, 2018, AHCCCS intends to offer fully integrated contracts to manage the whole individual. AHCCCS envisions these Integrated Contractors offering behavioral health and physical health services to children and adult AHCCCS members not determined to have SMI. At our meeting, we discussed the importance of these changes with 13 different health plans. MHA of AZ's panel spoke to the crucial components of a system that manages the whole individual. This panel included Emily Jenkins, Director of Arizona Council of Human Service Providers; Kristina Sabetta, Executive Director of MHA of AZ, Jane Kallal, Executive Director of Family Involvement Center, and Marcus Johnson, Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy at Vitalyst Health Foundation. If you missed the meeting, you can view it here. MHA of AZ's position statement on Behavioral Health Integration is available here. 

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
A special evening in support of Mental Health America of AZ at ASU Gammage on Friday, June 23rd. 
This MHA event was so generously sponsored by Laurie and Chick Goldstein. 



Mental Health Association of Associations Meeting

On February 15th, we held another Association of Associations (A of A) meeting. The A of A is a network of advocates who come together to discuss mental health issues in our community and the advocacy needs surrounding them. This meeting was held at Stand Together and Recover Centers (S.T.A.R) and attended by 20 advocates. Speakers included: Emily Jenkins, Executive Director of Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, who spoke on the 15-day limit for IMD admissions; Joshua Mozell, Mental Health America of Arizona-Vice Chair of the Board, who spoke about Psychiatric Boarding Type II; and Marcus Johnson, Mental Health America of Arizona- Chair of the Board, who spoke about the 1115 Waiver Requirements. 



Mental Health Association of Associations Meeting 
On November 22nd, we held another Association of Associations (A of A) meeting. The A of A is a network of advocates who come together to discuss mental health issues in our community and the advocacy needs surrounding them. Together, we work to see change. This last meeting addressed the potential implications of the recent election and was attended by 48 fellow advocates. The meeting was recorded and viewed by 50 additional advocates whom were not able to attend our event in person. Speakers included: Emily Jenkins, Executive Director of Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, who spoke on state advocacy issues; Debbie Plotnick, Vice President Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America, who spoke on national advocacy issues and Shannon Groppenbacher, Policy Advocacy Director at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. who spoke on the need and strength on working together to make the greatest impact. To view the recording of the meeting, click here.



Behavioral Health in Rural Arizona:  Assessing Network Strength

On November 17th, we co-sponsored a video-conference “Behavioral Health in Rural Arizona:  Assessing Network Strength”.  In total, via all locations,  101 participants (23 via the internet, 22 on-site in Phoenix, and 56 at host sites in Nogales, Bisbee, Parker, Somerton, Prescott, Flagstaff, and Tucson) attended the video-conference. Dr. Michael Shafer from ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health and Policy spoke about approaches to network adequacy. Dr. Michael McKinney from  Cenpatico Integrated Care and Shawn Nau from Health Choice Integrated Care both spoke about assessing Arizona’s rural behavioral health networks and what each of their organizations are doing to meet this need. Lastly, Rep. Heather Carter from District 15 spoke about HB 2502 and the opportunities to increase access to tele-psychiatry through state legislative policy.