2018 Mental Health America of Arizona Seeds Conference - Advocacy, Awareness, Achievement

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Mental Health Association of Associations Meeting - August, 2017

  • Topic: Behavioral Health Integration in Arizona and AHCCCS plan 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. 
  • MHA of AZ's panel spoke to the crucial components of a system that manages the whole individual. 
    • 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. 


​Mental Health Association of Associations Meeting - February, 2017

  • Topic: Mental health issues in our community and the advocacy needs surrounding them.
  • 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, November, 2016 

  • Topic: Potential Implications of the Recent Election. The meeting was recorded and viewed by 50 additional advocates who 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, November, 2016

  • 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 is doing to meet this need. Lastly, Rep. Heather Carter from District 15 spoke about HB 2502 and the opportunities to increase access to telepsychiatry through state legislative policy.





2017 Mental Health America of Arizona Seeds Conference - Navigating the Hurdles: ​​B4Stage4 

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