Call for Art!
Your Art Your Story is seeking entries for an online exhibition May 1-31, 2022 in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. This virtual exhibition will raise awareness of healing through art. The organization supports family and friends who have been affected by suicide. This initiative provides a platform for survivors to share their art and their story. Artists may submit up to five (5) works, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles, quilting, glass, ceramic and group art projects. The last day to submit is April 15, 2022. Show runs online May 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022. For more information, contact Kristel at info@yourartyourstory.org

New Funding for Children's Mental Health Programs
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH)—has announced nearly $35 million in funding opportunities to strengthen and expand community mental health services and suicide prevention programs for children and young adults.

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 Signed into Law
President Biden has signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 into law. This legislation includes billions of dollars in support and investments for crucial, life-saving mental health and substance use services. The National Council advocated successfully for a number of these funding priorities, such as additional funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants and critically necessary resources for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Also included in the law are expansions to telehealth in Medicare, $6.5 billion in funding for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $8.9 billion in funding for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

New Suicide Prevention Website
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has rolled out a new 988 website – available at http://samhsa.gov/988. The website is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for all suicide prevention resources from SAMHSA. This site will support the new 988 suicide prevention crisis line going into effect July 16, 2022 and includes link to data, resources, and a toolkit that can be used by counselors and other mental health practitioners.

National Council for Mental Wellbeing Receives Grant
National Council for Mental Wellbeing received a $7 million grant to support the important work we do on behalf of our 3,200 members. The grant is the largest philanthropic gift the National Council has ever received. Read more at https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/news/philanthropist-mackenzie-scott-bestows-generous-grant-to-national-council-for-mental-wellbeing/?mkt_tok=NzczLU1KRi0zNzkAAAGCyw6-xoKRIV-bkNKnlaYPPEFHd4wSpDoN0VPsmNZYt2v4sVOEemvEu_hirD3TyvDZ0ukBlvoYrQPvuEfJ57AndQ7uVJHPj6_P7j4aujs8gqg.

NEW Free Opiod Use Disorder Booklets
Are you or someone you love struggling with opiod use disorder? New, updated pocket booklets are now available. Created through a partnership between AHCCCS and ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, this booklets offer an overview of the disorder, different medications that are now available, and how to handle various withdrawal symptoms. Free to order via mail. Please visit chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.ctctusercontent.com%2F7e43a17a601%2F91664748-a5a9-4294-9c94-a41d0d6d89fb.pdf%3Frdr%3Dtrue&clen=504692&chunk=true

FREE Tuition for Foster Children
Arizona foster children will receive a full scholarships at Grand Canyon University thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The Fostering Futures Scholarships college pathway program covers 100% of the costs for tuition, fees, and year-round room and board for qualified Arizona foster children by combining GCU’s generous scholarships with state and federal funding resources.Learn more by visiting www.gcu.edu.

Az Gives Day -- Coming April 5-6
Arizona Gives Day is an annual giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving. The event helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all. You can support Southwest Network this year through the Arizona Gives website or our own donation page at http://www.southwestnetwork.org/ni/donate.shtml.

You can now order FREE tests online at www.Covidtests.gov or by phone at 1-800-232-0233. Each household can receive 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address. The tests are expected to ship between 7 and twelve days after the order is placed.

Survey Available for Protection of Vulnerable Americans
If you or a loved one are on AHCCCS, please take this important survey about your expereinces and needs. Concucted by the University of Arizona College of Medice Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities. Visit https://redcap.uahs.arizona.edu/surveys/?s=PYPPKJMAFL8HHHFJ.

FREE Parent Tools for Safely Communicating with Youth
The National Council has just released new tools to help parents and caregivers connect with their children and adolescents and discuss issues like substance abuse. Visit https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/getting-candid/safely-communicating-with-youth.

Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites Now Open
The national surge in COVID-19 has led to increased demand for testing. Please visit https://www.maricopa.gov/5588/COVID-19-Testing for the latest locations and hours.

Heaing on Youth Mental Health
The Senate Committee on Finance announced a hearing, to be held this month, on youth mental health and has invited the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, to attend. The Surgeon General issued an advisory in December on Protecting Youth Mental Health. The Advisory describes a decade-long increase of mental health challenges for youth and highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. Further, the Surgeon General issued recommendations to improve the mental health of youth through a “whole-of-society effort,” including actions and tools to recognize mental health challenges, educate, empower and promote access to high-quality mental healthcare. A date has not been set for the hearing.

Volunteers Needed!
Arizonans for Children is looking for volunteers to assist at their children's visitation centers (Phoenix and Mesa). There is no required experience, licensure, or expertise necessary. The volunteer just needs to be able to enforce rules and write reports. Visits are anywhere from 1-4 hours. The volunteer can donate as many or as few hours as they have available. Please visit https://arizonansforchildren.org to learn more.

The SMI Bulldog Podcast
The SMI Bulldog Podcast is a local voice for SMI (Serious Mental Illness) Advocacy and Public Policy in Arizona. They would to #EndTheStigma by talking about it and sharing resources you might not know about. Recent guests include Janet Hays from Healing Minds NOLA, mental health attorney Charles “Chick” Arnold, and more! With more local voices in 2022! Visit https://anchor.fm/thesmibulldog

FREE Rides for Vaccination Appointments for AHCCCS Members
211 Arizona is proud to offer AHCCCS Non-Emergency Medical Transportation assistance for vaccination appointments to all members who have AHCCCS Insurance Plan as their primary insurance. Please call the 211 TransportationHotline at 1-855-345-6432, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to schedule a ride

FREE Lyft Rides for medical and other appointments
United Way Worldwide, in partnership with Lyft, has launched Ride United to address unmet transportation needs for individuals by providing FREE Lyft rides for healthcare appointments, grocery shopping, employment (for interviews or commuting), and other vital services. Riders must be 18 years or older. Limit 6 rides and must comply with Lyft health safety requirement. Please call the 2-1-1 Transportation Line directly at 1-855-345-6432 to schedule a ride.

Make a Year-End Donation to Support Mental Health
Planning for your year-end taxes? Consider a donation to Southwest Network, and help us support the 8,500+ individuals and families we serve every year. Since we’re an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization, you can receive a dollar-for-dollar credit* on your Arizona state tax return. Donate securely online at http://www.southwestnetwork.org/ni/donate.shtml.Thank you! *Up to $400 for single filers; $800 for married filing jointly

Participants Needed for 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Discussion Groups
Do you have experience in your personal life calling a crisis line or meeting with a Mobile Crisis Team? You are invited to participate in a discussion group. By July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) is changing its main number to 988 from the current number, 1-800-273-8255. It is important for us to hear the views of community members who have experience using a crisis line so the Lifeline’s change to 988 will be smooth and continue to serve those who need help. Register at https://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beAYBBKo9DQdiPY

Visit Us for Our Supply Drive for Animal Rescue
Southwest Network will be working to support HALO Animal Rescue by soliciting supply donations for its shelters. HALO, a no-kill animal rescue in Phoenix provides a safe, healthy home for hundreds of stray or abandoned animals as they await their forever homes.

Stop by 3227 East Bell Rd., Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85032, tomorrow December 11 from 10am-2pm and visit us or drop off supplies!HALO is in need of:

• Treats! (Pup-peroni, Snausages, Temptations, other flavored goodies – please no Milk Bones)
• Pet collars
• Gently used blankets or hand towels – new, handmade blankets welcome
• Dishcloths/Cleaning rags
• Dog shampoo
• Ceramic food and water bowls (cat or dog)
• Cat litter scoops
• Tough toys for dogs (firehose or tire material)
• Nylabones
• Cat toys with or without catnip
• Powder free and/or Latex free gloves sizes (M-XL)
• Ziploc gallon bags
• Paper towels
• Dish soap
• Glade Plug-ins
• Antibacterial wipes
• Litter boxes (M)

For monetary or gift card donations, email JamieO@southwestnetwork.org. Thank you for your support!

Shop at the Mental Health America Store - and Support Mental Health Awareness
Ready to Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping? Pick out something from the MHA store and show your support for mental health awareness! From stickers to shirts, to pins and bags, you'll find something - including a little something for yourself! 100% of your purchase goes to support our mental health awareness efforts, so you're giving back with every dollar. Order by December 15th to receive your items by December 25th! Visit https://store.mhanational.org/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=658d7de0-b10a-40f3-b316-c8cd7110c43b.

Welcome Lucy Mailloux
Southwest Network is excited to announce that Lucy Mailloux has started as our new Chief Human Resources Officer! Lucy brings more than 20 years’ human resources and talent acquisition experience, having held senior management HR roles with the State of Arizona, Northstar Aerospace, Matson Navigation, Nabisco, and RI International. Welcome Lucy!

Mental Health-Related discrimination Survey
Have you experienced psychiatric disability-based discrimination or the denial of an accommodation in a postsecondary institution in the United States? Interested in informing national advocacy focus on psychiatric disability rights in higher education? Mental Health America, Project LETS, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, in collaboration with Dr. Nev Jones (University of Pittsburgh), have developed a survey aimed at providing a more comprehensive understanding of student experiences of campus-based discrimination, mandated leaves of absence, and/or denial of academic, administrative and/or student-work accommodations in the US.

Take the survey at https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ymZ1tdktMs0A6i?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=29d5ca66-f819-40ac-9cc3-f494b3e2884f.

Congratulations David Conger!
Nine-year veteran of Southwest Network David Conger has been promoted to Director of Quality Improvement! In his new role, David will be focusing on ways to enhance our service delivery to best impact the health of our members. David was previously Site Administrator at San Tan.

988 National Suicide Hotline Planning Meeting
By July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) is changing their main number to 988. You can currently reach the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or find local crisis lines on the AHCCCS Crisis web page. This change does not replace Arizona’s other crisis lines.

There are three upcoming meetings to keep planning for 988 in Arizona. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and LeCroy & Milligan Associates (a research and evaluation company) are hosting these meetings to seek your input.Zoom meeting 3:30-5:00pm. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocO2opj8iGNAhZ6GZ0cKtIBfywBSCj0WAguister at

Arizona Recognizes Adoption Awareness Month
Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed November 2021 to be Adoption Awareness Month in Arizona to highlight the importance of connecting children with loving families and to raise awareness of the organizations that support children in out-of-home care. Read more at https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2021/11/arizona-recognizes-adoption-awareness-month.

Southwest Network to Host Supply Drive for Animal Rescue
This December, Southwest Network will be working to support HALO Animal Rescue by soliciting supply donations for its shelters. HALO, a no-kill animal rescue in Phoenix provides a safe, healthy home for hundreds of stray or abandoned animals as they await their forever homes. Donation boxes will be at each Southwest Network site all month long. Stop in (wear a mask) and drop off a donation. The shelters can use:
• Treats! (Pup-peroni, Snausages, Temptations, other flavored goodies – please no Milk Bones)
• Pet collars
• Gently used blankets or hand towels – new, handmade blankets welcome
• Dishcloths/Cleaning rags
• Dog shampoo
• Ceramic food and water bowls (cat or dog)
• Cat litter scoops
• Tough toys for dogs (firehose or tire material)
• Nylabones
• Cat toys with or without catnip
• Powder free and/or Latex free gloves sizes (M-XL)
• Ziploc gallon bags
• Paper towels
• Dish soap
• Glade Plug-ins
• Antibacterial wipes
• Litter boxes (M)

For monetary or gift card donations, email JamieO@southwestnetwork.org. Thank you for your support!

AHCCCS Awards Behavioral Health Contracts to Provide Services for Members with Serious Mental Illness Designations
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) have announced the award of expanded contracts to three AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) health plans to provide integrated physical and behavioral health services to Medicaid members who have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) designation.These services are currently provided by contracted health plans known as Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs). These awarded contract expansions, known as Regional Behavioral Health Agreements, expand the existing ACC contracts with Mercy Care, Arizona Complete Health (AZCH), and Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc. (Care1st), by Geographic Service Area (GSA) (see table below). The additional contract requirements are effective Oct. 1, 2022.

New MST App for Veterans
Beyond MST is a free, easy-to-use mobile application. It was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is a private self-help tool for healing from the effects of military sexual trauma (MST). This app can help you manage distress, improve your quality of life, and move forward. Beyond MST does not replace professional care, but it can help you find hope, connect to resources, and remember you are not alone. Download at www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile

New Opioid Services Locator
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announces the launch of a new, web-based, opioid services locator to help Arizonans who are looking for services to treat Opioid Use Disorder and where to find Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication. Visit https://opioidservicelocator.azahcccs.gov.

NEW Connecting Communities: A Guide to Youth-Adult Partnership for Youth Mental Wellbeing
Youth of all races, identities and abilities deserve equitable access to mental health supports that are inclusive and responsive to their lived experiences. The reality is that young people are experiencing mental health challenges at increasingly alarming rates, and many young people ? like youth of color, LGBTQ+ youth and youth in rural and frontier communities ? face inadequate access to quality care. The National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s new web-based guide, Connecting Communities: A Guide to Youth-Adult Partnership for Youth Mental Wellbeing, offers tools, activities and many other resources to help youth and community-based organizations collaborate to realize a shared vision for change. Download at https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/connected/home/?mkt_tok=NzczLU1KRi0zNzkAAAF_o46JaT6OvkhZVy_vkaQr8yxEDGhC8poJhA8DOLa5kg2-tJLdiJ0QBqW97vrYiRR1OIHms71fsg4PUUw2Lik0FWQCaJOuW4wsZSZETyl3.

NEW EVENT for teens
Mental Health America and IDONTMIND, in partnership with Youtube, present Our Future In Mind: Mental Health Summit, a live free two-day event this November 5 and 6. The first of its kind, this event will give you a front-row seat to the stories behind some of the biggest movements in mental health and the tools you will need to be part of the change. Register at https://idontmind.com/ourfutureinmind?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c2208d13-54a9-4633-bb37-6257ec588fdb.

The National Council has released results of its poll on youth mental health. A majority of parents say their children’s mental wellbeing worsened during the past year-and-a-half because of remote learning and social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to our new poll released yesterday. Our poll highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people and the increasing need for mental health and substance use information, resources and support for families and schools. Learn more about our important findings at https://go.thenationalcouncil.org/NzczLU1KRi0zNzkAAAF_azwkw_Vt_X2K0ET_AJYHPn12hcd44fZ2YhKV5TtPwm3ylAETOjex_fEHHJ2Di6EF8N84B9Q=.

City of Tempe buys motel for homeless, gets grant to fund shelter beds
The city of Tempe has announced the purchase of a 40-room motel to provide temporary housing to the homeless. The shelter, located near Apache Boulevard and Loop 101, is scheduled to open in December 2021 following repairs. Along with the new shelter space, the city council approved $450,000 in nonprofit grants to provide 62 beds.

AHCCCS Seeks Member Input
AHCCCS is updating the Olmstead Plan and seeking input from members, family members, and provider staff. The Olmstead Plan relates to how community-based services are provided for persons with disabilities. Please base your responses on your experiences with community-based services in Arizona. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DR9V5YF

Governor’s Office Awards $3.4M to Support Arizona AmeriCorps Programs
The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) has awarded approximately $3.4 million in grant funding to 16 Arizona programs to engage AmeriCorps members in addressing critical community needs. Each year, AmeriCorps members significantly impact communities across Arizona. During the past year, over 26,000 children and youth received much needed educational and social support; more than 330 individuals received job training and placement services; 1,200 Arizonans received independent living support; and over 1,000 veterans, active duty military, and their families were supported by AmeriCorps members.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Are you or someone you love struggling with depression or sadness? Take action with support from Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Download this year's toolkit at https://sprc.org/sites/default/files/SPM%202021%20graphic%20FINAL_8_24.pdf.

Renter and Landlord Assistance
Renters and landlords in need of financial assistance can use a new website, consumerfinance.gov/renthelp, from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to find rental assistance providers in your area. If you know of a renter who’s having trouble paying rent, utilities, or other housing costs – or a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants in this situation – help may be available. State and local programs are distributing billions of dollars in rental assistance to help renters stay housed during the pandemic.

Hiring Office Assistants
Southwest Network is adding to its team! We're looking for hard-working individuals with customer service experience and a passion for helping others. Apply today! Learn more about this position at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SOU1039SWNET/JobBoard/00e5ce7d-49b4-30c8-c98a-b8d968e44cda/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=dd1d01db-0b67-4723-b3f3-c5ad678b5845.

FREE Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program
AZ Peer and Family Academy has developed a unique curriculum to train Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS) and Parent/ Family Support Partners (PFSPs) to provide Peer-to-Peer support for the peer support and family support workforce. Anyone employed as PRSSs and PFSPs now has access to specially trained PRSS and PFSP coaches to speak with for their own health and wellness needs. Employed PRSSs and PFSPs can be matched with a Peer-to-Peer coach and work 1:1 to focus on their own personal wellness needs. Learn more at https://www.azpfca.org/peer2peer-coaching-program-1.

Governor Ducey Announces "Arizona Back To Work"
Governor Ducey announced Arizona will no longer be taking the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and instead will offer one-time bonuses to returning workers, along with child care support, educational opportunities and rental assistance. Arizona will offer a $2,000 Back To Work bonus for eligible workers — with a goal of getting as many Arizonans as possible to rejoin the workforce by Labor Day, September 6, 2021.

Hearts of Hope for caregivers
Open Hearts Family Wellness has developed a unique science based approach to teach parents key skills to help their children with disruptive behaviors that jeopardize successful in school, at home and with their overall health and wellbeing. The workshops equip parents to understand troubling behaviors, how to decrease the behaviors and how to gain self-awareness to remain in control and preserve the wellbeing of the family. This FREE 8-week program is online through the summer, but will resume in person at the Phoenix and tempe locations this fall. Learn more at https://www.openheartsaz.org/phx/hearts-of-hope or ask your Southwest Network case manager for a referral.

Committee Opportunities
Health Choice Arizona is looking for peer, member and family voice on our committees. We have multiple committee where lived experience can play a crucial role in discussions about service delivery, barriers, successes and suggestion for future changes. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the Health Choice Committees, please email oifa@healthchoiceaz.com for more information.

Happy Independence Day!
Southwest Network clinics are closed in recognition of the holiday.

Happy Independence Day!
Southwest Network clinics are closed in recognition of the holiday.

Villafranca, Bramer Join Southwest Network’s Board of Directors
Southwest Network welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Dr. Charles Villafranca, DHA, MSHA, LNHA, FACHCA, and Mrs. Patricia Bramer, MBA. Both individuals bring significant backgrounds in business administration, human resources, legal issues, and regulatory affairs.

Dr. Villafranca brings more than 25 years’ tenure in healthcare. In addition to holding high-level roles at direct-care entities, he has consulted with law firms on cases involving healthcare organizations nationwide. Villafranca has also worked with local, state, and federal officials to implement healthcare policy. He is currently a Licensed Health Care Administrator/Executive Director for Allegiant Healthcare and Vice President of the Arizona Board of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers. He has also been a professor for Healthcare Management and Business Management at Ottawa University at the undergraduate and graduate levels for several years.

Mrs. Bramer offers over 20 years’ experience building strong partnerships and advocating for the best policies and practices to benefit organizations and the people within them. She is currently Vice President of Human Resources for IPRO, where she leads all human capital initiatives, including an innovative skills-driven program to develop leaders who can achieve success amidst today’s business complexities. She was previously Vice President of Human Resources for AFS Technologies and has held other high-visibility director positions.

“One of the most underserved areas is comprehensive mental healthcare with the integration of medical, psychiatric, and supportive services - what is in place at Southwest Network. This work is critical to the overall health of our surrounding communities and to the state of Arizona,” said Villafranca. “I am honored to be a part of this important organization and look forward to serving the community in my new role.”

“Southwest Network’s integrated healthcare model ensures tha

Southwest Network to Co-Sponsor NAMIWalks Valley of the Sun!
For the 13th consecutive year, Southwest Network will be co-sponsoring NAMIWalks Valley of the Sun to be held in October. This event will be held virtually again this year. This event promotes awareness for mental health issues and raises funds for education and support programs for families and individuals affected by mental illness. Positive and inclusive, this community event also seeks to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, so that more people will seek needed support for themselves or their loves ones.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
AHCCCS is working to implement the recently passed federal law, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA is an emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations, provide immediate, direct relief to families impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, and support struggling communities. Visit https://azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/Initiatives/ARPA/index.html to learn more.

Mobile Clinics to Provide Medical, Emotional Care for Underserved AZ Students
The Valle del Sol Community Health group is planning a fleet of mobile medical teams to visit underserved communities across central Arizona to provide care to adolescent and teenage children. The project is funded through a $3 million grant from the United Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UnitedHealth Group. The program launches in July, and is expected to serve 11,000 kids over three years.

Looking for Peer and Member Voices
Health Choice Arizona is looking for peer, member and family voice on our committees. We have multiple committee where lived experience can play a crucial role in discussions about service delivery, barriers, successes and suggestion for future changes. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the Health Choice Committees, please email oifa@healthchoiceaz.com for more information.

Statewide PTSD Summit
Register to attend this FREE virtual session on June 29th from 9am-12pm. The event will cover what veterans need to know about PTSD, discussing PTSD with children, how PTSD affects intimacy, traumatic brain injury, and more. Register by June 22 by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-annual-statewide-ptsd-summit-tickets-158173921457.

Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program Offers $600 Stipend
Peer & Family Career AcademyLaunches New ProgramPEER-TO-PEER COACHING COVID-Relief Program Peer Support Specialists’ and Parent/Family Support Providers’ services have been, and continue to be, invaluable during the current public health emergency as they support members and families who feel unheard, disconnected, and socially isolated.While providers, members, and families were shifting to an unfamiliar virtual world, Peer Support Specialists and Parent/Family Support Providers were doing what they do best – connecting with members and families to offer a critical lifeline. COVID-19 has caused extreme stress for our Peer Support Specialists and Parent/Family Support Providers. While these professional helpers work diligently to promote the resiliency, recovery, and well-being of the people they serve, we need to create an intentional opportunity to also support each other – especially in the face of compassion fatigue and burn-out. In partnership with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program is designed to provide an opportunity for reflection and dialogue among Peer Support Specialists and Parent/Family Support Providers who may be experiencing increased stressors related to working during a public health pandemic. Through this program, the Peer & Family Career Academy will be creating a network of experienced peer and family professionals working in a volunteer capacity, who will offer a forum to debrief about professional experiences and pandemic and job-related stressors. Any Peer Support Specialist or Parent/Family Support Provider interested will be able to get involved in either group or one-on-one dialogue and coaching at no cost. VOLUNTEER PEER/FAMILY COACHES NEEDEDThe Peer & Family Career Academy is looking to onboard 20 Volunteer Peer/Family Coaches by June 14th. Volunteer Peer/Family Coaches must commit to a 6-month period, with the opportunity to ex

New Behavioral Health Coordinating Council will oversee behavioral health at HHS
With mental health issues escalating from COVID-19, federal and state authorities are establishing new programs and authorities to assist. This includes a new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC) which will oversee behavioral health throughout Health and Human Services (HHS).

GCU Partners with CityServe to Help Needy
Through a new 35,000-square-foot warehouse on campus, GCU will partner with CityServe to distribute thousands of household goods to families across Arizona. CityServe receives donations as well as surplus supplies from businesses such as Amazon, Costco, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other large retailers. Items such as food, clothing, heaters, fans, blankets, mattresses, car seats, cribs, furniture – essential things that many of us take for granted – will be provided to families in need.

Website Offers Guidance/Support for SMI Issues
The American Psychiatric Association and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have launched a website to support individuals, families, friends, people who have questions about serious mental illness (SMI), or people who care for someone with SMI. The site offers mental health apps, answers to a various of questions, links to crisis lines, helpful blogs, and other information on a wide variety of conditions and topics from a national network of experts. Visit http://https://smiadviser.org/ .

$550,000 of AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocated to Mental Health
Governor Doug Ducey announced $550,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 13 organizations in Arizona that offer mental health support services for adults and children. Among the mental health services offered by the recipient organizations include youth and teen after-school programs, suicide prevention, adult mental health recovery, behavioral health therapy and more.

Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Dramatically Expand Telehealth
House Bill 2454 puts Arizona at the national forefront of telemedicine. It expands access to telemedicine for patients, ensures doctors receive equal compensation from insurance companies for telemedicine services, and allows out-of-state health care professionals to provide telemedicine in Arizona. HB 2454 will make telemedicine services provided to Arizonans through the Governor’s Executive Order last March permanent.

New Website and New for National Schizophrenia Alliance
SARDAA has rebranded and relaunched as The Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance. The organization is committed to changing the treatment paradigm, accelerating scientific knowledge, and promoting policies that improve and save lives. Visit its new website at https://sczaction.org/.

Introducing Teen Mental Health First Aid
The National Council on Mental Wellbeing has teamed up with Born This Way Foundation to offer Teen Mental Health First Aid. This in-person training teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. Learn more at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/teens/.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines
If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, calling the right hotline number can be the first step to seeking help. The brave decision to get help may be difficult, but it can be life-changing. Reach out to 844-640-0175 24/7 for free support. Or see https://www.addictionresource.net/addiction-hotlines/? for more resources.

Heat Awareness Week Wrapup
Summer 2020 was the hottest on record for Arizona. Phoenix witnessed 53 days of 110°+ temperatures and 145 days of 100°+, both records. Weather forecasts show that this summer will also include extended summer heat. This week, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service Offices in Arizona coordinated its 2021 Arizona Heat Awareness Week Campaign to provide tips and education to help Arizona residents prevent heat-related illness.

For a wrapup of the week's presentations, visit tinyurl.com/wmruzpc5.

Introducing Teen Mental Health First Aid
The National Council on Mental Wellbeing has teamed up with Born This Way Foundation to offer Teen Mental Health First Aid. This in-person training teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. Learn more at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/teens/.

Parent Group Support for LGBTQ+ individuals and families
one*n*ten is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The organization provides tools for youth and families to improve self-esteem, self-acceptance, and understanding. Parents who need support are invited to join the Parent Support meeting online at us02web.zoom.us.

FREE Registration for Mental Health America (MHA)'s 2021 Annual Conference!
National Council Changes Its Name
National Council has announced that it is now the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. The new moniker builds off its historical brand, reflects our role as a thought leader, acknowledges change and honors the contributions of our members. Learn more about the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, access resources and watch the video announcement at https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/about/we-are-mental-wellbeing/?mkt_tok=NzczLU1KRi0zNzkAAAF8-5Ko0h33mdeXRtZkqLtuV40Dcy-BJCPcWFuJr7mLfHgLh68pmMmdED4NN8tiZRFpwgZBBxdmO_82pWtt6JNDc9mJvQY7Ccv2fCj_2hU2.

AHCCCS Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) joins Governor Doug Ducey and other state agencies in recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Through the combined efforts of many state agencies, the State of Arizona is working to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, support prevention efforts, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health conditions.

Behavioral health crisis services are available to any Arizona resident, regardless of health insurance coverage. If you or someone you know is experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please see the AHCCCS crisis web page for national and county resources.

This is Heat Awareness Week
Summer 2020 was the hottest on record for Arizona. Phoenix witnessed 53 days of 110°+ temperatures and 145 days of 100°+, both records. Weather forecasts show that this summer will also include extended summer heat. It is important to be informed about how to prevent the risk of potential health effects from extreme heat. Visit tinyurl.com/wmruzpc5 for tips on staying hydrated and preventing heat-related illness.

HHS Releases COVID-19 Care and Vaccine Access Fact Sheets
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released two fact sheets to help patients and providers better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines. Interested parties can access these through the HHS website. https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/uninsured-patient-covid-services-poster.pdf.

PPP Extension Act Signed into Law
Small businesses will have more time to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan thanks to swift action from Congress and the Biden administration ahead of the application deadline. President Biden signed the PPP Extension Act into law this week, providing an additional two-month window for loan applications. The new deadline is now May 31, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will have until June 30 to process pending applications.

Ducey signs bill to protect businesses from Covid-related lawsuits
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would shield businesses from Covid-related lawsuits – one of his top legislative priorities of the year that would also apply to hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Support Arizona's Non-Profits!
Today is Arizona Gives Day! Get involved and support your favorite Arizona non-profit organization. Check out our secure donation page at http://www.southwestnetwork.org/ni/donate.shtml or peruse our social pages to see how our team is making a difference. Find us at http://www.facebook.com/southwestnetwork.

Governor Ducey Removes State Mask Mandate
While the governor has removed the mandate on masks, each county and place of business can still enforce mask-wearing and any other protective measures.

April Is Diversity Month
April is Diversity Month! Southwest Network is proud to have a diverse and inclusive workforce that helps us serve people of many cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. Plus, we follow national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards. Our staff speak 8 languages — and we can provide translation services for many others — to ensure all of our members can communicate and collaborate with their Southwest Network team on their individual needs.

Facebook Group Offers Mental Health Resources
Connect to others supporting those with a mental illness and share resources that can be of assistance on a facebook group run aby a Certified Peer Support Specialist. https://m.facebook.com/groups/358431671014508

Crisis Counselors Proposed to Respond to Mental Health Police Calls
Phoenix City Council is considering a proposal to send crisis counselors, instead of police officers, to 911 calls involving mental and behavioral health issues. If approved, the city would dedicate $15 million a year, starting July 1, to expand the fire department's Community Advocacy Program.

Eighth Annual Arizona Youth Leadership Forum
Registration is now open for the eighth annual Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF). This innovative, multi-day conference, is held in multiple regions of Arizona each summer, and the deadline to apply is April 16, 2021. During AZYLF, Delegates participate in a dynamic experience that focuses on self-discovery, leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture. Enroll at https://diverseabilityincorporated.org/azylf-application/.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Passes
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the "Act"), a sweeping anti-poverty bill focused on local needs. While the Act appropriates federal funds to extend and expand existing relief measures, it also provides more robust and generalized assistance to struggling individuals, families, and businesses nationwide.

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Visit https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/take-a-course/find-a-course/ to find a course.

Rental Assistance
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 authorized financial rent and utility relief for Arizona renters and landlords to be administered at the state and local level. Renters and landlords in the twelve Arizona counties listed below are able to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) using the online ERAP portal. Applications will be accepted through the program’s expiration on December 31, 2021 or until funding is exhausted. Apply at https://des.az.gov/ERAP.

AHCCCS Updates Coronavirus FAQs
To provide easier access to relevant information, AHCCCS has added more information to its Coronavirus page, including information on the vaccines. Please visit https://azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/AboutUs/covid19FAQ.html.

East Valley to get state-run COVID-19 vaccine next week
The Maricopa County COVID-19 vaccination site operated by Dignity Health at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will become a state-run site starting March 3. It will operate 7am-3pm daily, ultimately becoming 24/7.

Support for Veterans: Get Legal Help Virtually
Need help with landlord issues, divorce/child custody, bankruptcy, and other civil matter? Call the Be Connected Support Line at 866-4AZ-VETS.

Self Care for Peer Support Professionals course
There are still a few seats remaning for the FREE peer support professionals. The course begins March 16, with sessions continuing on March 18, 23, and 25. This immersive course takes a deep dive into the prevention of personal and professional stress, compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Visit https://www.azpfca.org/course-calendar/2021/3/1/self-care for details.

State-run vaccination site opens at Phoenix Municipal Stadium
The Arizona Department of Health Services and partners began COVID-19 vaccinations Monday at a second state-run site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, although operations are starting slow because of limited vaccine supply. Phoenix Municipal Stadium for now will provide about 500 shots a day, but more available doses would allow the administration of 10,000 to 12,000 vaccines at the site daily.

Take the Annual AHCCCS Survey
Visit https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vxbN6g7c20SOP743DHH-ymwd8R_XAZlPll6nVlB_-TNUMUYwVEVRUEpJV08zQUY3RDI4Rkg0R0xOUi4u

State Farm Stadium to Be Used as a 24-Hour COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Governor Ducey has announced that the State Farm Stadium in Glendale will become a 24-hour vaccination site. It is expected to come online next week, as Marcipoa County moves into phase 1B distribution. This will help get more doses into the hands of approved providers and administered to people who need them. Appointments for eligible groups will begin Tuesday.

Take the Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) Annual Survey
Make sure your voice, perspective, and feedback are heard. Fill out the 5-minute survey by visiting https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vxbN6g7c20SOP743DHH-ymwd8R_XAZlPll6nVlB_-TNUMUYwVEVRUEpJV08zQUY3RDI4Rkg0R0xOUi4u. Survey available in English or Spanish.

Resources for Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA), the nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by psychosis, offers a number of helpful resources, support groups, and Zoom conferences to help support inidividuals who have a schizophrenia diagnosis or those who support them. Please visit www.sardaa.org for more information.

COVID Vaccinne Updates
As doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continue to arrive in Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services is prioritizing the distribution in three phases. Phase 1A includes healthcare personnel, healthcare support occupations, long-term care facility residents (and staff at these facilities). Phase 1A also includes direct care workers offering services to members in their own homes, such as attendant care and personal care services, Learn more https://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/vaccine-prioritization-in-arizona/.

Need a Last-Minute Holiday Gift? Visit the MHA Gift Store!
The holiday season is in full swing, which means many of us are on the hunt for the gifts for friends and loved ones. The Mental Health America (MHA) store has the perfect items -- and profits go to support advocacy programs for mental health! Visit https://store.mhanational.org/.

Opportunities to become caregiver facilitators
The Arizona Council of Human Services Providers is recruiting for facilitators in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model in Caregiving (NMC). Those who complete the program (starting in the spring) will be allowed to train foster-adoptive-kinship caregivers in this model. Contact Amy Meyertholen at amy@azcouncil.com for more information.

Join a monthly OIFA forum
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan offers forums to help support you on your health and wellness journey. The forums will also provide resources to help navigate the AHCCCS health care system. Adults, children, and loved ones are all welcome to join us!

Arizona COVID Vaccinate Plan
The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued a plan for delivery and administration of the two COVID vaccines excepted to receive emergency use authorization by the FDA. Learn more at https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/12/10/covid-19-vaccine-arizona-heres-what-know/3883556001/

Hearts of Hope Workshops for Caregivers
Feeling stressed or frustrated? It's tough being a caregiver. Register for a series of FREE online workshops sponsored by Open Hearts. Email hope@openheartsaz.org or call 602-386-8808 for more information.

FREE Virtual Event Honoring Veterans
Join the city of Peoria as it honors veterans with a day of celebration and service. Presentations will focus on providing information that can help veterans in need. Watch live on Peoria Cox Ch 11 and CenturyLink 8505, Peoria Facebook @CityofPeoriaaz, or on the web at https://www.peoriaaz.gov/PeoriaTV.

Stay Informed on the latest AHCCCS News and Initiatives
It's time to get your flu shot
Flu season is upon us, and staying healthy is more important than ever! Most insurances will cover your flu shot for FREE, or you can go to your county health department and get immunized for free. Hesitant about getting your shot? Read about the 5 Myths of flu shots at https://blog.valleywisehealth.org/https-blog-valleywisehealth-org-common-flu-shot-myths-and-facts/.

Looking for a job but need a little help?
Try REN's Supported Employment program! This evidence-based program from SAMSHA offers one-on-one support for your job search, including various trainings, mock interviews, resume assistance, transportation to interview, resources for interview attire, and more. Learn more by calling 602-248-0368.

Osborn Site Relocates to Northern Star
Starting October 19, all services provided at the Southwest Network Osborn site will move to our new Northern Star location. Northern Star is located at 2311 W. Royal Palm Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85021. All visits remain by appointment only. Main phone number remains the same. We look forward to serving you in our new clinic!

Caring Connections for Special Needs Offers Family Support Services
CCSN offers Family Support Services to enhance the overall well-being of families who have children with special needs. Mentors can provide support to parents, guardians and family members so they can effectively interact and care for the child(ren) in their care. A variety of behavioral health services are available to children at all six of our locations. We are welcoming new members and accept all AHCCCS plans for children up to the age of 17. Visit https://www.ccsneeds.com or call 520-639-9006 to enroll your child today!

Suicide & Crisis Lines Can Help!
Need someone to talk to, or know someone who needs help? Reach out to Mercy Care's 24-hour crisis lines at 800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444.

Get Support from the Family Involvemment Center (FIC)
Need help signing up for AHCCCS or KidsCare; finding housing, food, or tutoring; taking parenting classess; or securing help with a DCS case? The FIC can help. Visit https://a4802.socialsolutionsportal.com/apricot-intake/c7de05f8-082d-4b54-b1af-ad34decb0f98and complete their online form for assistance..

Southwest Network Partners with Genoa Healthcare to Open Third Pharmacy
PHOENIX, AZ (September 1, 2020) — In its continued expansion to provide one-stop, fully integrated healthcare, Southwest Network is opening a third full-service pharmacy. The new pharmacy, located inside its Estrella Vista location in Phoenix, will be operated through a partnership with Genoa Healthcare.

The pharmacy will be open exclusively to Southwest Network’s Estrella Vista members, offering them convenience and time savings by getting their prescriptions filled at the same place they obtain physical and mental healthcare services. They will also be able to get flu, shingles, pneumonia, and other immunizations. This is especially beneficial for members with transportation challenges or those in acute/special assistance categories, as easier access can help improve health and adherence to medication regimens.

The new pharmacy will be run by a full-time pharmacist and pharmacy technician from Genoa Healthcare and accept a wide range of insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. It is scheduled to open September 8 with operating hours of 8:30am-5pm.

Two other pharmacies, situated at Southwest Network’s Osborn and Saguaro locations, were opened earlier this year. “Our partnership with Genoa allows our members, providers, and nurses enhanced timeliness and quality, and a broader range of services. Our members may now have all of their medications from each of their doctors filled at Estrella Vista.” said Dr. Andrew Mebane, Chief Medical Officer of Southwest Network.“

“This ability permits oversight by the pharmacy staff and our own providers of all the active medications,” added Mebane. “Such ‘medication reconciliation’ increases safety and prevents potential side effects when medications are coming from different providers. We hope all of our members at Estrella Vista take advantage of this newly enhanced quality process.”

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SAMSA Sponsors National Recovery Month
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness that quality treatment and services can enable those struggling with addiction and mental health issues to live healthy, rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, the month-long commemoration draws agencies in numerous venues that offer an array of helpful tools and support.

Visit http://www.samhsa.gov for a start or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662 HELP (4357) for information and treatment referral.

80 Awesome Mental Health Resources
This list of help apps, websites, crisis lines, and other support has been curated by NAMI. Check out these resources at https://greatist.com/grow/resources-when-you-can-not-afford-therapy?fbclid=IwAR19XaCeulJQN6GmhLaRuCkifGAoD3zydtVFYGnbtKf4x44jGJPouHAEvmo#other-support-groups.

Feeling frustrated or overwhelmed trying to navigate Arizona’s child-serving systems?
The Family Involvement Center (FIC) can help you make informed choices when navigating child-serving systems. You get help from people who have direct experience with your situation. We work with you in your home or a community setting to provide support, build advocacy skills, share knowledge and help you connect with resources and services that are beneficial for your family. FIC’s services are free for AHCCCS members. Call 1-877-568-8468 for more information.

COVID-19 impacts mental health
COVID-19 is taking a toll on mental health and overdoses are on the rise. Arizona healthcare providers are seeing an increase in people with depression and anxiety in recent months. See https://www.kold.com/2020/07/17/arizona-doctors-covid-impacts-mental-health-overdose-deaths-rise/ to read story.

Specific Strain Noted in Majority of Arizona COVID-19 Cases
Researchers in Flagstaff have identified a coronavirus mutation in Arizona. "We look at these changes, these mutations in the genomes that tell us maybe the story is changing a little bit," said Dr. David Engelthaler. Dr. Engelthaler heads researchers at TGen's infectious disease branch in Flagstaff. A sample gets sent there from every positive COVID-19 test in Arizona. Dr. Engelthaler said one strain, D614G, is in 90% of all cases in the state. This strain is considered more contagious than others. Health authorities continue to recommend wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, staying home as possible, and keeping informed/

FREE Masks for Seniors
Through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Health Services and Hanes -- and part of the MaskUp Arizona initiative -- a limited supply of free masks are being made available to seniors 65 years of age and older and those with a medical condition. Each order will include 5 washable, reusable cloth face masks, one order per household. To order, visit https://azhealth.org/ordermasks.

Rental Assistance Program Extended till October 31
Governor Ducey has extended the moratorium on residential evictions for those struggling with economic hardships resulting from COVID-19. This will enable impacted renters to remain in their homes until October 31, 2020, and access additional rental assistance. Read the full news release at https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/07/governor-ducey-extends-covid-19-eviction-protections-expands-rental-assistance.

Foreclosure Assistance Support Available
The Arizona Department of Housing has updated its statewide foreclosure assistance, which includes the Save Our Home AZ program for mortgage assistance and the Eviction Prevention program for rental support. Additionally, the Governor has announced $5 million funding to launch the Foreclosure Prevention Program to help individuals who rely on rental income to help them avoid foreclosure. Programs are detailed on the Arizona Together site at https://arizonatogether.org/ under Homeowner, Renter & Homeless Support.

FREE Virtual Classes for Families
Family Learning Centers across the valley are offering a number of classes free for area families. Take part in sessions for Zumbini, Mindful Eating, From Father to Dad, and Total Wellness. Visit https://valleywisehealth.org/services/family-learning-centers/ for more information or to enroll.

New Web Series on the impact of COVID-19 on Special Education
This three-part web series gives families of children with special education needs the opportunity to share stories, discuss ideas, and learn what's coming next for the fall school startup. Starts June 4. Register at bit.ly/edcovid1.

Native American Connections’ Youth & Family TREE Program
The TREE program offers treatment for substance use/co-occurring disorders, general mental health services, outpatient treatment, early intervention, and recovery support to young adults 16-25 years old. In addition, you will be paired with a Support Coordinator who will offer life skills, workforce development and education planning. Must be 16-25 and living in Maricopa County – accepting those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on AHCCCS. Call 602-424-2060 or email YouthTREE@nativeconnections.org for more information.

Southwest Network Opens Saguaro Pharmacy
In partnership with Genoa Healthcare, Southwest Network has just opened its second pharmacy. The full-service pharmacy is located inside the Saguaro facility at 3227 East Bell Rd., Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85032. The pharmacy will exclusively serve members of the Saguaro clinic. For more information, call 602.652.3500.

Student Meal Program Changes
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) helps families with children who would receive free or reduced-price meals if schools were not closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.P-EBT can be used to purchase groceries.Families with students ages 3-18 who get free or reduced-price school meals can check on P-EBT benefits at https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/food-assistance/arizona-p-ebt-pandemic-school-meal-replacement-benefits or by calling 844-841-3802.

FREE Caregiver Workshops
Being a caregiver for at-risk youth can be extremely challenging. This free 7-week online series can help you gain the knowledge and skills to be resilient. Sponsored by Hearts of Hope. Call 602-386-8808 for more information or to register.

SMI Determination
Get insight on the evaluation process for Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and eligibility for services. This special NAMI Valley of the Sun presentation will be start at 6:30p.m. Thursday, May 14. Register at bit.ly/514TT.

FREE Webinar on COVID-19 Fraud and Scams
Learn about the different types of scams that target Arizona citizens, red flags that can help detect these scams, and how citizens can protect themselves from becoming victims. This includes the recent COVID-19 scams that are being investgated by the Arizona Attorney General.

Participate in this FREE Webinar Wednesday, May 20 at 1p.m. by visiting: https://azag.webex.com/azag/j.php?.
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Guardianship in Mental Health Webinar
Learn more about guardianship when taking care of a loved one with a mental health issue. Sponsored by the ACMI (Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill), this event will be held Wednesday, May 20, from 5:00-7:00pm, with content presented by a mental health attorney.

Participants must pre-register by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkfuqhrz4rGtMXn27sARVsUfN_fYZAsFC1.

New Online Resource for COVID-19 Support
The Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition has launched a website to help address mental health challenges related to COVID-19. The website contains guidance for people in crisis wishing to access support or help a loved one in crisis. It also includes resources for health care professionals. Visit https://www.covidmentalhealthsupport.org.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19
Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country's mental health and well-being, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) is launching the Mental Health & Suicide Prevention National Response to COVID-19. This coordinated effort brings together influential national organizations to disseminate best practices to help communities prioritize mental health; enact support for suicide risk; and amplify messages of hope, resilience, and support. Visit https://NationalMentalHealthResponse.org.

Free Recovery Support Training
Recovery Empowerment Network is offering a free program for those on Medicaid. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the competency test and, upon successful completion of the test, be credentialed as Certified Peer Support. Mandatory orientation May 11 and May 18 at 10am via Zoom teleconference. Classes start May 26.

For more information, call 602-248-0368.

Help with Medicaid Enrollment
Have you lost your job in the COVID-19 crisis? Do you need help applying for health coverage? The Family Involvement Center is offereing free assistance via phone or safe place to help. Visit https://www.familyinvolvementcenter.org/help-me/free-low-cost-coverage for more information.

Latest COVID-19 Updates from the Governor's Office
Stay connected with the latest updates and information for Arizona. Visit https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions.

AHCCCS Member Premiums and Dis-enrollments Suspended During Emergency
AHCCCS has suspended premium payments for individuals enrolled in the KidsCare and Freedom to Work programs beginning with the March premium and until further notice, through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, currently enrolled Medicaid members will not be dis-enrolled during this same time frame. Members who lost coverage in March 2020 have been automatically reinstated with no action necessary on their part. See full article at https://azahcccs.gov/Members/membernews.html.

Governor Ducey Issues New Guidance on Elective Surgeries
With hospitals reporting increased availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and bed capacity, Governor Ducey today issued an Executive Order removing restrictions on conducting elective surgeries for hospitals. Read more at https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/04/governor-ducey-issues-new-guidance-elective-surgeries.

Southwest Network, Genoa Healthcare to Open Full-Service Pharmacy
Southwest Network and Genoa Healthcare are nearing completion of a new full-service pharmacy. Located at Southwest Network’s Osborn site, it will be operated by a full-time pharmacist and pharmacy technician from Genoa Healthcare. The pharmacy will enable the site’s members to streamline care, by getting their prescriptions filled at the same place they obtain physical and mental healthcare services. This will be especially beneficial for members with transportation challenges or those in acute/special assistance categories, as easier access can improve adherence to their medication regimens.

“For two decades, Southwest Network has been providing exceptional quality care to help people overcome mental and behavioral challenges,” said Dr. Andrew Mebane, Chief Medical Officer of Southwest Network. “An on-site pharmacy will enable greater collaboration among prescribing physicians and pharmacists — an integral component in making outcomes even better.”

“This is a significant step in our continued growth toward integrated care. We’re proud to be working with our long-time partner, Genoa Healthcare, to deliver a more complete healthcare solution for the communities we serve,” added Mebane.

Southwest Network’s Osborn pharmacy is scheduled to open April 29. Initially, prescriptions will be provided mainly through the mail, because many Southwest Network members have transitioned to telehealth as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The teams will hold a grand opening for the pharmacy at a later date.As a leading provider of pharmacy, outpatient telepsychiatry, and medication management services for individuals with behavioral health conditions, Genoa operates more than 500 pharmacies co-located within community mental health centers nationwide. For Southwest Network, this will be the first of its kind. The 21-year-old organization is adding this enhancement as a component in its transition to delivering integrated care. A second Genoa Healthcare pharmacy installatio

Paid Direct Care Worker Opportunities for Qualified Parents
The Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will temporarily allow family members who qualify, to become a Direct Care Worker (DCW) and provide paid care to DDD members who are children. This means that a parent, stepparent, or other caregiver may temporarily be hired by a Qualified Vendor Agency (QVA) to be a Direct Care Worker (DCW) for their child. Visit https://files.constantcontact.com/7e43a17a601/842811f0-2708-4db5-8f0a-2ef895d92e08.pdf for information and requirements.

Be Cautious of COVID-19 Scams
Scams are on the rise surrounding the pandemic. Do not give out your Medicare number to anyone other than your healthcare provider(s). Also, the IRS is not calling to confirm your direct deposit information. It is always good practice to be protective of personal information, but essential now to be extra vigilant.

TEFAP Expansion
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) was awarded $9.8M in funding from the federal government for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a federally funded program that provides emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost to low-income individuals, including seniors. Of the funding, $7.34 million will be dedicated to purchasing food, and $2.5 million will be used to help maximize the coordination and ability of regional food banks to store and distribute the food to TEFAP Distribution Sites. Income-eligible individuals can access the food at the Distribution Sites and will need to bring photo identification and proof of address. Visit https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/food-assistance/emergency-food-assistance for help.

Unemployment Benefits Expanded to Help in Pandemic
Recent state and federal actions have expanded eligibility and benefit amounts for Arizona workers impacted by COVID-19. People displaced from their work due to COVID-19 can apply immediately for unemployment benefits, rather than waiting one week. This includes leaving work to care for someone affected by COVID. President Trump also signed the CARES Act, providing people with an additional $600 per week in benefits on top of the unemployment amount already offered by Arizona Unemployment Insurance benefits.

SNAP Approved for Online Purchases
Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon. This will help with social distancing measuring for those using the program.

To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov or call 1-855-432-7587, 7am-6pm Monday through Friday.

FREE COURSE : Parenting during a Pandemic
The pandemic is challenging parents and caregivers to manage changes in work routines, childcare/homeschooling needs, and family stress, while still being a strong, positive influence. This FREE, three-week, web-based discussion offers resources and encouragement to help adjust and create routines to lead your families through this time. Learn more at https://mailchi.mp/aztrauma/parenting-during-a-pandemic.

FDA Launches New Controlled Substances Program
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is forming a Controlled Substances Program (CSP) tasked with creating an Opioid Data Warehouse and targeting the evolution of the addiction crisis via rising stimulant use rates. The Warehouse, which aims to better inform FDA on current and potential opportunities to combat substance use and diversion issues, is scheduled to launch next month

Volunteers for NAMI Family-to-Family Program Needed
NAMI is recruiting for individuals to help teach family classes. If you previously graduated a NAMI Basics or Family-to-Family class and are looking to share your knowledge, please consider volunteering! Training session will be held Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the NAMI VOS Office, 5025 Washington St, Ste. 112, Phoenix.Download an application by visiting https://namivalleyofthesun.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/125/2020/02/NAMI-F2F-application-1.docx and return it by February 21.

Has your family been affected by suicide?
Your Art Your Story exists to support families and children affected by suicide and provide opportunities to heal through art and community. To learn more, or join in for a class or special event, visit https://www.yourartyourstory.org/yaysevents.

FREE Tax preparation
Free tax preparation assistance is available at a number of locations across the Phoenix Valley for low to moderate income individuals and families. Call the IRS at (800) 906-9887 or visit https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ for a location near you. Bring all this year's forms and a copy of your tax filing from last year. Call ahead to ensure availability.

Valleywise Health free parent/child programs
Valleywise Health will conduct a number of free programs to support community parents and families. Programs include preschool science, From Father to Dad, Raising and Reader, and more. Visit https://valleywisehealth.org/services/family-learning-centers/ for information and schedules. Locations in Chandler, Phoenix, and Maryvale.

New 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Coming 9-8-8
The FCC has voted to set up 988 as the national crisis hotline number. The 3-digit dialing code will replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's current 10-digit number. Regulators hope the change will make it easier for people to get help and reduce prejudice against people with mental health issues.

Walk/run to support survivors of suicide!
Sign up for the 14th Annual Jeremyah Memorial 5K has begun! Sponsored by EMPACT, this Walk/Run will be held at Kiwanis Park in Tempe at the Ruben Romero Corporate Ramada. To register and/or to make a donation, please visit www.empactsos.org. For more information about this event, email Sandra McNally at Sandra.McNally@lafrontera-empact.org.

Get Involved with the PAIMI Advisory Council
The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council is seeking new members. The Council is committed to appointing members representative of Arizona’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Persons with mental illness, family members, and professionals are all represented on the Council. Email center@azdisabilitylaw.org for requirements and an application.

AHCCCS Launches Whole Person Care Initiative
On November 22, 2019, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced that it is launching a Whole Person Care Initiative (WPCI) to explore technology that will facilitate screening for social risk factors and referral of members to community resources. The focus will include transitional housing, non-medical transportation and peer support programs. Click here to learn more.

FREE Health Literacy Resources
The CDC has just updated its collection of health literacy resources. Good infomation for community groups, schools, or other small agencies. Download for free by visiting the site.

FREE PrEP Support
SAMHSA is now providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for HIV for free to thousands of uninsured Americans. To qualify for the program, you must lack prescription drug coverage, have a negative HIV test result, and have a prescription for PrEP. Find a doctor clicking here.

Senate Committee & FCC Unanimously Approve 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Update
The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act has passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and now moves to the Senate floor. The bill would change the current, difficult to remember 10-digit number for the national suicide prevention hotline to “9-8-8.”

Support for those serving youth in Maricopa County
Developed by the Arizona Family Health Partnership, Collective Resource Hub is a directory for youth-serving professionals in our community to find professional development opportunities, events, resources, partnership opportunities, and more. Visit https://www.collectiveresourcehub.org.

Simple Tips for Healthier Families
Valleywise Health's Wellnessnow blog offers a variety of tips to help every member of the family. Check out https://blog.valleywisehealth.org for help with parenting, mental health, physical wellness, tough topics, and more.

Market on the Move -- discounted produce and home furnishings
For a donation of $10, you can get fresh produce and food that you can share with your friends, families, neighbors, and the people that you know are in need of nutritional produce. Visit www.the3000club.org/wordpress for dates and locations.

FREE online mental health education
NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Visit NAMI to enroll.

FREE Family-to-Family Classes
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is sponsoring two free 12-week education programs for family, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness.Programs are designed to help all understand and support their loved one, while maintaining their own well-being. Session 1: January 8-March 25, 2020 in Paradise Valley. Session 2: January 9-April 2, 2020 in Scottsdale. Classes fill quickly. Call 602-759-8182 or email education@namivalleyofthesun.org to register.

AASK Snowflake Drive
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) is collecting gift cards and snowflake ornaments for 600 children placed in AASK foster homes. You can donate a $10, $15, or $25 gift card to Target or Walmart or donate securely online at http://www.snowflakedrive.org. Cash donations qualify for the AZ fostercare tax credit, up to $500/individual or $1,000/couple. Call Julie Turko at 602.930.4409 or email jturko@aask-az.org for more infomation.

Public Comments Welcome
AHCCCS policies regarding behavioral health intake processes are under review, and open for public comment and feedback. Deadline November 8, 2019. Visit the AHCCCS Comments page and follow instructions.

Help with AHCCCS Enrollment and Eligibility
The Family Involvement Center (FIC) assists individuals and families with AHCCCS enrollment and maintaining their eligibility. Staff can help secure program referrals and assist individuals in completing the necessary paperwork to enroll. In addition, assistors will help ensure members do not lose their AHCCCS eligibility when it's time to re-enroll. Learn more at the FIC website.

Child Safety Seat help
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is offering FREE one-hour workshops to learn how to install your child's booster or car seat properly. Limited car seats are available while supplies last. Contact MIHS at 602.344.5011 for a Family Learning Center location and to schedule.

2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Data Now Available
SAMHSA has released its latest survey on substance use and health. An information summary can be found at SAMHSA's website.

Extreme Heat Help
Managing Arizona's extreme heat means being prepared -- to help yourself and others. Download FEM's extreme heat flyer for quick tips and ideas.

FREE Back to School mental health toolkit
Mental Health America has released its 2019 Back to School toolkit for teachers and schools. Kit includes fact sheets, posters, and key messages that teachers (and parents) can use to support their students. Click here to download

Help for the Hungry
The national WhyHunger Hotline refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. Call 1.800.5HUNGRY or 1.800.548.6479.

Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions report
The National Council for Behavioral Health has just released, “Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions,” a comprehensive report following the mass violence in Texas, Ohio, and California. This groundbreaking report examines the reasons, contributing factors and actionable solutions surrounding mass violence in America through the lens of behavioral health. Read the full report here.

New Bill Expands Access to Telehealth for Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorder
New legislation introduced in Congress this week would expand access to telemedicine for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The Improving Access to Remote Behavioral Health Treatment Act of 2019 (S. 2244/H.R. 4131) would amend regulations for the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 and specifically name community mental health centers and addiction treatment centers as eligible sites to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine. Read more here.

Tragedy Line Open
Mercy Care has activated a 24/7 hotline to help people cope with the recent mass shootings. Anyone who may be in crisis or who wants to talk about the tragedy can call 1-800-203-CARE (2273). The hotline is operated by Crisis Response Network.

Updated Suicide Prevention Plan
AHCCCS has updated the suicide prevention state plan. Based on a national framework for reducing suicides, the plan identifies priority populations including: those age 65 and older, American Indians, Veterans, and teens. The plan can be found on the recently updated AHCCCS suicide prevention website at www.azahcccs.gov/suicideprevention.

Benefits Application Assistance
The Father Matters Benefits program can help you apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP, or food stamps), AHCCCS (Arizona's Medicaid) and more. Eligibility screening and application assistance are free and confidential. Click HERE to find out what you will need for enrollmenet, and contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298, info@fathermatters.org to schedule an appointment.

Navigating the System: Dental Coverage
All AHCCCS members under the age of 21 are assigned to a Dental Home by their health plan. A Dental Home is a dental office. Your primary care doctor (PCP) will do an oral health screening as part of a routine physical examination. This screening determines dental needs and can help connect members to covered dental services available at a Dental Home. Coverage includes emergency dental services and medically necessary dental services. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Free Summer Meals and Fun for School-aged Children
Now that school is out, it might be harder to find healthy meals. Your family doesn’t have to go hungry—there’s a seat at a community table for you. All summer long, sites across the Valley are serving up free breakfast, lunch, and fun to kids 18 years and younger. To find free summer meals near you, simply text “FOOD” to 877-877, call 1.866.3.Hungry (1.866.348.6479). For more information or to find free summer meals near you, visit http://summermeals.azfoodbanks.org/.

City of Phoenix Open Doors Homeownership Program
Assists first time home buyers with the purchase of an affordable home in the City of Phoenix. Based on need, the program provides up to $15,000 to assist with down payment and closing costs. Must complete 8 hours of home buying education from US HUD certified housing counseling agency. To learn more, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/housing/homeownership.

Hunger Hotline
WhyHunger collects and distributes information about programs that address the immediate and long-term needs of struggling families and individuals. The national WhyHunger Hotline (1.800.5HUNGRY or 1.800.548.6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. To view their website and locate food resources, visit https://whyhunger.org.

Lend a Hand Program: Help Paying Off High-cost Car Title Loans
The Lend a Hand loan program pays off high-cost car title loans up to $3,000 for Maricopa County residents. The program is a partnership between the Arizona Community Foundation, MariSol Federal Credit Union, and Take Charge America. The goal of the program is to rescue residents struggling to pay off car title loans and help put them on a path to healthy credit and financial success. With this program, you will establish a savings account with MariSol Federal Credit Union to help you build an emergency savings and plan for a secure financial future. There are no fees to participate in this program. To learn more, visit www.takechargeamerica.org/lendahand.

Support Groups and Help Available at No Charge
You are not alone! The Mental Health Guild offers free peer support groups for adults 18 years or older living with a mental disorder. Benefits of a peer support group include:
• A safe place for people to share their experience
• A place to get ideas on ways to cope
• A forum for mutual acceptance and self-discovery
• Being heard by sympathetic and empathetic people
• Get a better understanding of your illness
• Getting out of the house and not being alone
• Being able to connect and possibly make new friends
• An opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have “been there.”
• A place to remind ourselves that recovery is possible!
Groups meet Monday through Friday, afternoons and evenings, at various locations across Maricopa County. There is no charge or registration requirement to attend. For more information or to find the group that's right for you, visit http://mentalhealthaz.org/support-groups or call Andy, 480.994.4407.

GED Preparation: Free Classes from Arizona OIC
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Free and open to all adults 16+ with proof of residence. For information, visit www.azoic.org/education.or call 602.513.8311.

Navigating the System: How to Update Your Mailing Address
AHCCCS sometimes sends information to your mailing address. It is YOUR responsibility to notify AHCCCS when your address changes. Click HERE for information on how to update your mailing address or what to do if you become homeless, provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Survey: Have You Been Denied Coverage?
Have you or someone you know been denied coverage for mental health or substance use disorder treatment in the state of Arizona? If so, the Arizona Coalition for Insurance Parity wants to hear from you. They are working to ensure that Arizonans are able to easily access appropriate and timely mental health and substance use disorder treatment through their medical insurance. Please complete the survey if you, or someone you know, has been unable to access needed behavioral health services or had a claim denied for mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment. The information you provide will help us to shape public policy and influence legislation in order to move us towards full parity implementation and mental health equity. Click HERE to take the survey.

Tell NAMI What You Think of the Children's Behavioral Health Service System
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arizona is conducting a statewide needs assessment focused on the children’s behavioral health service system within our Medicaid program. The purpose of the needs assessment is to determine the current climate (since 10/1/2018 with the transition to AHCCCS Complete Care) for Arizona’s children and families, and identify barriers that need to be addressed within the children’s system. By completing this survey, you will help towards research of understanding families' resources and needs. Please complete this survey IF you are a provider within the AHCCCS children’s behavioral health system or you are a AHCCCCS service recipient and have obtained services within the children’s behavioral health service system. This will take approximately 3-5 minutes of your time. TAKE THE SURVEY.

Online Training Classes from Arizona Trauma Institute
Arizona Trauma Institute provides a foundation in contemporary trauma theory and practice which includes the latest contributions in neurobiology and attachment theory. Their focus is on seeing each client as a whole person who has a possibility for growth and a positive life. We also provide self-development courses and support to clinicians, para-professionals, and supervisors. Self paced 0nline trainings include Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual (CCTS-I), Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP) and Certified Trauma Support Specialist. To learn more, visit https://aztrauma.org/online-classes.

Six Tips for Managing Out-of-Pocket Costs for Prescriptions
It’s hard to know what to do when the cost of your prescription is more than you can afford. The good news is, there are steps you can take to reduce your out-of-pocket medication costs and we’ve created an easy-to-follow resource for guidance along the way. Click HERE for 6 tips to help you manage your healthcare expenses and access the treatment you need from the PAN Foundation.

FundFinder Patient Assistance Web App
FundFinder from PAN Foundation has helped thousands of patients and their healthcare teams quickly find financial assistance by sending instant alerts when charitable assistance is available. Try FundFinder today.

Navigating the System:
Family-Run Organizations Providing Children's Services
Family-run organizations employ parents who have real life experience in the behavioral, medical and/or DCS systems. They specialize in providing family support services, and can provide one-on-one support to you. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Ability360 Center Calendar of Events
Click HERE to see the current calendar of presentations, activities and support available on the Ability360 Center campus and in the community.

News and Updates from Mental Health America of Arizona
Click HERE for the latest news, information and resources from Mental Health America of Arizona.

Support Group for the Blind/Visually Impaired
SAAVI Services for the Blind meets every tuesday from 9 to 11 am at 4222 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 150, Phoenix. For more information about this support group, contact Connie Leblond, 602.795.0195.

AHCCCS Works: Learn More About It
AHCCCS Works will begin no sooner than January 1, 2020. An estimated 120,000 AHCCCS members will be required to participate in AHCCCS Works. Some members are exempt, however, including members determined to have a serious mental illness, those in active treatment for a substance use disorder, former Arizona foster youth up to age 26, full-time students, individuals who are homless and others. To learn about AHCCCS Works, click HERE for a fact sheet provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs. For answers to frequently-asked questions, click HERE.

Keogh Health Connection: Connecting Families to a Healthy Future
Keogh offers FREE enrollment assistance for AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid), KidsCare, Marketplace Health Insurance (the Affordable Care Act), SNAP (food stamps), and TANF (emergency cash assistance). Their Navigators are advocates and teachers who care for and support you on the road to self-sufficiency. Keogh is available for appointments at Ability360 (5025 E. Washington, Phoenix) on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Please call 602.266.0397 to schedule your appointment. For further assistance, please email Lpearson@keoghhealth.org.

Helpline for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
In order to address the extreme need for sexual and domestic violence resources and advocates in the disability community, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence has partnered with Ability360 to provide weekly hours where victims and survivors; friends, family, and other concerned individuals; and staff or professionals working with survivors can freely contact a Helpline Victim Services Specialist. The apecialist is available every Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at Ability360, 5025 E. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix 85034. Drop-ins accepted, appointments available. Contact helpline@acesdv.org for an appointment. NEED HELP NOW? Call the Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Helpine, Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am to 5 pm, 602.279.27900 or 800.782.6400, TTY 602.279.7270. Or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799-SAFE (7233) or 800.787.3224 (TTY) or the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656-HOPE (4673).

Navigating the System:
You Have Voice and Choice In Your Health Care Decisions
A person in recovery has choice and a voice. Their self-determination in driving services, program decisions, and program development is made possible, in part, by the ongoing dynamics of education, discussion, and evaluation, thus creating the “informed consumer” and the broadest possible palette from which choice is made. Persons in recovery should be involved at every level of the system, from administration to service delivery. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs Newsletter
Sign up to receive the lastest news and information from the AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affiars (OIFA). Click HERE or text OIFALIST to 22828 to sign up for their weekly email newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

PAIMI Advisory Council Seeking New Members
The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is currently seeking new members to join the PAIMI Advisory Council. ACDL works with the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program. In the PAIMI program, we investigate abuse or neglect in institutions or facilities, and advocate for the legal rights of Arizonans with mental illness. Click HERE for more details about what the PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC) does to help ACDL achieve their mental health program goals and information on how to become a member.

Change in Date of Coverage For Most Newly Eligible AHCCCS Members
Beginning July 1, 2019 coverage for most newly eligible members will be retroactive to the first day of the month in which the Medicaid application is received. Pregnant women and children up to age 19 are exempt from this requirement. If an exempt individual is determined to qualify for AHCCCS during any one or more of the three months prior to the month of application, then the individual will be determined to have “Prior Quarter Coverage” eligibility during those months. Click HERE to read more.

Rideshare Companies Now Eligible to Provide Medicaid Services
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announces a policy change, effective May 1, 2019, that allows Transportation Network Companies (also known as “rideshare” companies) to register as non-emergency medical transportation providers. Under the new AHCCCS provider category, rideshare companies are eligible to serve Medicaid members who do not require personal assistance during medically necessary transportation. https://azahcccs.gov/shared/News/GeneralNews/Transportation-Network-Companies-Now-Eligible-to-Provide-Medicaid-Services.html to read more.

AZ Behavioral Health Town Hall Survey of Providers
The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University is requesting your assistance to provide information about the current status of behavioral health services in Arizona and critical issues facing behavioral health care at this time. They are seeking input from providers who serve people with behavioral health needs. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a 10-15 minute online survey found at the link provided below. Your responses are anonymous and the information you provide cannot be linked to you in any way. Your responses will help to form the basis for the Town Hall Forum discussion at the Arizona State University Summer Institute 2019 and contribute to an annual report on behavioral health priorities in Arizona. As a thank you for your time and participation, upon completion of the survey, you can enter your information for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Click HERE to take the survey.

New: Cactus University for Parents (CUP)
A summer series of trainings and discussions about parenting
Every Thursday morning, 10 am to 12 pm
Family Involvement Center, Cactus Corner location, 5044 West Cactus Road, Phoenix AZ (in the Albertson’s strip mall)
This summer training series will feature an array of topics, including understanding your child’s behavior and a six week session of Parenting with Love and Logic. Registration is limited to families enrolled in AHCCCS. Interpretation is available with prior notice. To register, email Toni Donnelly, Toni@familyinvolvementcenter.org, or call 602.412.4074.

Tragedy Hotline Available in Response to Shooting in Virginia Beach
A dedicated 24/7 hotline is available to help the community cope with news of the tragedy in Virginia Beach. Anyone who may be in crisis or who wants to talk about the tragedy can call 1-800-203-CARE (2273). Crisis Response Network operates the hotline. Teen Lifeline, 1-800-248-TEEN (8336), is another good resource for teens and parents and it's also available 24/7.

Traumatic events affect people in different ways. Someone may begin to feel the effects soon after the event, or a few days or weeks later. Responses to trauma can last for weeks. These responses are normal. Traumatic events can also impact people who were not directly involved, but who may have known a victim or seen coverage of the event on television. Reach out to family, friends and your faith community for support. Talk about your feelings and what you're experiencing. Seek trained help if you feel you need it by reaching out to the hotline or a mental health center

Presentations, Activities and Support on the Ability360 Center Campus
Click HERE for the June 2019 calendar of events for people with disabilities at Ability360 Center, including Adaptive Dragon Boat Practice, Healthy Teens Healthy Communities, Wheelchair Curling clinics, sexual and domestic violence resources, adaptive hiking series, Breaking Barriers water sports, Campaign Training for People with Disabilities, Community Living Options men's group, Benefits 2 Work, and much, much more.

Survivors of Suicide Newsletter
Click HERE to read the Summer 2019 edition from Empact-SPC. It also includes a list of statwide support groups for survivors of suicide.

Summer Lunch Program: Free Meals
Helping kids eat healthy! Free meals for anyone age 18 and under.
Mondays through Fridays except July 4 on the following dates and locations:
• May 30 to July 22, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chandler Family Learning Center, 811 S. Hamilton, Chandler, AZ
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Comprehensive Health Center, FLC/2nd floor, 2525 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
• May 28 to July 26, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, South Central Family Learning Center, 33 W. Tamarisk, Phoenix 85041
• May 28 to Aug. 2, 11 am to 1 pm, Maryvale Family Learning Center, 4011 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix 85031
Get details atwww.facebook.com/kidscafeaz or text “FOOD” to 877-877.

Navigating the System: Resources for Foster and Kindship Caregivers
If you are a foster parent or kinship/adoptive caregiver, learn more about your health care choices. Click HERE for information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Navigating the System:
Crisis Services for Children in Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Care
If your child is facing a crisis, DON'T WAIT! A crisis is any situation in which a person’s behaviors puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others and/or when they are not able to resolve the situation with the skills and resources available. In a behavioral health emergency, contact your provider (if you have one) or athe Behavioral Health Crisis Line, available at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click HERE crisis line numbers and more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs. En Español.

Free Lunchtime Webinars from DrugFreeAZKids.org
Want to learn something new? Check out the FREE webinars from DrugFreeAZKids.org. These pre-recorded webinars are available at any time, and cover various topics related to drug and substance use such as: Where Do Kids Get Drugs?; MDMA & molly; E-cigarettes and nicotine; etc. Click HERE.

Drug Guide for Parents
Talking to children and youth about drugs, alcohol, and other substances can be tough. However, DrugFreeAZKids.org is making it easy. Check out their online Drug Guide to learn about various drugs, their effects, street names, and more.

Hunger Hotline
The national WhyHunger Hotline (1.800.5HUNGRY or 1.800.548.6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance. To view their website and locate food resources, visit https://whyhunger.org/find-food.

West Valley Human Services Alliance: Networking, Serving and Capacity Building
The West Valley Human Services Alliance is a collaboration of families, governments, nonprofits, businesses, and faith-based and community organizations committed to the well being of West Valley residents. They encourage you to attend meetings and get involved with building on the strengths of the West Valley. All meetings are open to the public. Come meet the service providers of the West Valley and find resources for those you serve. To learn more, visit http://wvhsa.org.

Statewide List of Peer Run and Family Run Organizations
Peer and family services organizations are operated by people who have personal experience overcoming or who have helped a loved one overcome life’s challenges including difficulty adjusting to life changes, behavioral health, mental health or substance use issues. For a list of these organizations, visit http://azpeerandfamilyresources.org/listings.

Navigating the System: Standard Appointment Availability
Your AHCCCS health plan is required to ensure that you can see medical professionals in a timely manner. These standards apply to primary care providers (PCP), specialists, dental, maternity, and behavioral health providers. If you have a medical issue due to a severe illness, injury, condition or worsening symptoms, please make an urgent care appointment. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Public Health Agencies Warn Residents of Potential Exposure to Measles in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Pima County Public Health Department announced that an out-of-state visitor with measles traveled to Tucson between April 17 through 29 and may have exposed the public to the disease. The person was potentially contagious and may have exposed the public at on Monday, April 29, from 6 am to 10:40 am at the Tucson International Airport. Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease that can spread quickly, so if you or your child are not vaccinated against the disease and you were at the Tucson International Airport, there is a risk of getting measles. If you develop signs of measles, including high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, or a rash, stay home and call your healthcare provider so you can schedule a time to be seen. They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose others in the waiting area. If you do not have a health care provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room or urgent care center. Please call before going to let them know you may have measles. For information about measles, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services’ website at azhealth.gov/measles.

Help Others Beat the Heat, Avoid Heat-related Illness and Death
Vulnerable populations like older adults, children, people who are experiencing homelessness and those who work outdoors, need to take extra precautions when it’s hot outside. Spread the word about the Heat Relief Network, which provides maps of hydration stations where people can get water and other donations such as sunscreen, and refuge and emergency hydration locations where people can go to cool off and get water. Find the 2019 maps and more information on preventing heat-related illnesses and deaths at www.azmag.gov/heatrelief.

Find Help Phoenix
Find Help Phoenix is a source for free and almost free services in Maricopa County. Find resources for housing/utilities, mental health/addiction, dental, disability services, domstic violence, food/clothing, health care/health insurance, kids and youth, legal, child care/parenting/sexual health, senior services, transportation, education and jobs. Visit http://findhelpphx.azurewebsites.net to search for what YOU need.

APS 100 Days of Helping: 25% Discounted Electric Bills
To help you get ready for summer, APS has created 100 Days of Helping. Their Energy Support Program offers qualified customers a 25% discount on their electric bills. Find other assistance programs as well. And everyone can benefit from a variety of money-saving options. To learn more, visit aps.com/helping.

Autism: Ways to Connect
Come join the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the Arizona Autism Network, AZ Assist, and the East Valley Evan Network for support, resource, socialization, or recreational monthly groups for individuals with autism and/or their families. Many of the groups are free or low cost to attend, but they may require an RSVP. Click HERE to find a meeting that suits your needs and your location. If you have questions, email Info@PHXAutism.org or call 480.940.1093.

Caregiver Support Group in the West Valley
Are you experiencing stress or difficulties related to caring for your loved one? The West Valley Caregiver Support Group assists in relieving some of the stress and isolation that can accompany the role of caregiver. The group meets at the Benevilla West Valley Life Enrichment program on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 9:30 to 10:30 am, at Church at Cactus, 8133 W. Cactus Rd., Peoria, 85381. While your loved one participates in life enrichment activities, you will join other caregivers to brainstorm ideas, share successes, and give support to one another. Open to anyone caring for a loved one. For more information, call Benevilla CARES, 623.584.4999.

Navigating the System: Filing a Complaint Regarding Services for Adults with SMI
When you file a complaint, you are saying that you are not satisfied with the services being provided or the way an AHCCCS member is being treated. Anyone may file a complaint. Complaints may be made in person, over the phone or in writing. If your complaint is long or complicated, we recommend that you submit it in writing. Filing a complaint will not affect your health care services. Any retaliation would be considered a violation of your rights. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

When You Need to Talk or Are in Crisis
When life is overwhelming, if you are worried about a loved one, you just need to talk, or you are experiencing a behavioral health/mental health crisis, immediate and confidential help is available.
• The Warm Line from Crisis Response Network is a free and confidential telephone service staffed by peers who have, themselves, dealt with behavioral health issues. Specialists offer peer support for callers who just need someone to talk to. Call 602.347.1100 any time.
• If you are in crisis, talk to a trained crisis intervention specialist by calling the Crisis Line 24/7/365, 602.222.9444 or 1.800.631.1314 (TTY 1.800.327.9254).
• When a tragedy occurs (such as a shooting or bombing), call the tragedy line, 1.800.203.2273 (CARE).
• A good resource for teens and parents that's available 24/7 is Teen Lifeline, 1.800.248.8336 (TEEN).

Free Baby Shots Vaccination Clinics
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Program offers vaccines to children (through age 18) who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Each month, several clinics are available for those who need it. Baby Shots protect against 13 serious childhood diseases, including measles, mumps, chicken pox, and tetanus. Parents are asked to bring their children's shot records to the events. Call 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times and locations. Visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots for eligibility criteria, the current Baby Shots schedule, and more details.

United Food Bank's Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. Held every Friday, except on major holidays, from 8 am to noon at United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210, (480) 926-4897. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

Drop Off Unwanted Medications
Reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse by dropping off unwanted medications at Arizona prescription drug drop-box locations. Click HERE for a list of locations.

Crisis Text Line: Free Support at Your Fingertips, 24/7
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:
• Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
• A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
• The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you out of your moment of crisis and work with you to create a plan to continue to feel better. Find more information at www.crisistextline.org.

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Immunizations Provided Free of Charge for Children, Adults
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health operates three childhood immunization clinics for children ages 0 years up to their 19th birthday. Immunizations are provided free of charge. Vaccines are also available for uninsured or under-insured adults at our clinics. Please call the clinic ahead of time to check on vaccine availability. Vaccines for foreign travel are not available at the clinics. Please remember to bring your insurance card and Immunization Record to every visit. Call for hours and other details:
• Central - Roosevelt Clinic: 1645 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix 85006, 602.506.8815
• East - Mesa Clinic: 635 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa 85204, 480.834.2660
• West - West Clinic: 1850 N. 95th Ave., Suite 184, Phoenix 85037, 623.474.2290
Visit www.maricopa.gov/1809/Locations for additional information and more places to get vaccinated.

Free Cell Phones
Father Matters, in partnership with Access Wireless, is proud to bring back their Intouch Program. Upon approval of your application for Lifeline service, you'll receive a free mobile phone provided by Access Wireless. On the same date each month, a free allotment of 250 minutes and unlimited text messaging will automatically be applied to your Access Wireless account. Click HERE or call 602.774.3298 for more information on the Intouch program and on how to schedule an appointment at Father Matters' South Phoenix office.

Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change
This book explores stigma and discrimination faced by individuals with mental or substance use disorders and recommends effective strategies for reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek treatment and other supportive services. It offers a set of conclusions and recommendations about successful stigma change strategies and the research needed to inform and evaluate these efforts in the United States. The book is available for download free of charge from the National Academies Press at www.nap.edu. Paperback and ebook versions are available for a fee.

Find and Get Help for Alcholol Use
No matter how severe the problem may seem, most people with an alcohol use disorder can benefit from some form of treatment. Take a minute to check out this treatment guide from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for individuals, and their family and friends, who are looking for options to address alcohol problems. It is a resource to understand what treatment choices are available and what to consider when selecting among them.

Family Law Legal Services
Free legal assistance services for fathers and mothers from Father Matters. You have the right to see your children and no parent can take that right away from you. Being responsible financially for your children is required by law, but even parents without financial means have the right to see their children. Don't let a legal matter stop you from being an excellent and involved parent. Schedule an appointment to establish or enforce legal decision-making (also called custody) and parenting time, paternity, parenting plans, or modify orders, and dissolutions of marriage when involving children. Services are open to men and women. Contact Father Matters to schedule your appointment: call 602.774.3298 or e-mail info@fathermatters.org. Review the forms regarding these matters before your appointment by clicking HERE.

AZ Becomes First State to Establish Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses
On April 10, 2019 Governor Doug Ducey, joined by Representative Warren Petersen, Arizona legislators, members of the business community and many more, signed H.B. 2569, making Arizona the first state in the country to recognize occupational licenses for new residents. The signing represents the fulfillment of a top policy priority announced in Governor Ducey’s State of the State address. To learn more, click HERE.

Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide
These are groups for family members and friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. After a suicide, survivors need acceptance when there is often so much rejection, approval when there is so much disapproval, direction where there is confusion. Members of a surviving family need help from others because their own grief makes it difficult for them to support one another. This is not a recovery group for those who have attempted suicide themselves. There is no fee, but donations are welcomed. The support group meets at various locations and times; visit http://empactsos.org/support-groups for more information.

Family Services Offered by Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Pilgrim Rest offers a variety of family services, resources and information, including food programs and assistance, adoption and foster care resources for grandparents, youth homelessness resources, child and youth services information, counseling and mental health services, employment information and referrals, ex-offender resources, financial/loan assistance, and general assistance. Information on health care and for seniors and grandparents is also available. For details, visit http://pilgrimrestphx.org/pr_family2res.html or contact familyservices@pilgrimrestphx.org.

Support Groups for Sexual Violence Survivors
Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects are not always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed. Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) offers a weekly support group for survivors of sexual violence facilitated by trained sexual violence advocates. Please consider joining us and let the healing begin. Light snacks provided.
• Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 7 pm, 879 North Plaza Dr. D101, Apache Junction, AZ
Please RSVP to Kimberly, 480.815.8154 or kimberlyh@caafaaz.org
• Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 7 pm, House of Refuge, Community Center, 6909 E. Ursula, No.1, Mesa, 85212
Please RSVP to Sam, 480.815.9946 or samanthaw@caafaaz.org =

Support Groups Available Free from NAMI
Family and Peer Support Groups are free monthly meetings of caregivers of individuals a mental illness where family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. These meetings are facilitated by trained National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) members across Arizona. Participants are encouraged to share actively in the work of the group. For times and locations, visit www.namiarizona.org.

Support Groups Available at No Charge from NAMI Valley of the Sun
Valley of the Sun Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers free family and peer support groups. NAMI Family Support Groups are open to all adults who have a family member or friend who is living with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. You are welcome to drop by and share your feelings, difficulties, or successes. NAMI Peer Support Groups are facilitated by trained NAMI members and participants are encouraged to share actively in the work of the group. For information, contact 602.759.8182, email education@namivalleyofthesun.org or visit http://namivalleyofthesun.org.

Financial Help with Medications
Low-income patients may be able to get their medications for free by providing documentation to charitable programs run by pharmaceutical companies. The Medicine Program is a patient advocate organization and is FREE service to assist you and your family find, apply and qualify for the right patient assistance program(s). By working closely with you, your doctor and the prescription drug manufacturers we help cut through the red tape and assist you in receiving your medicine free or almost free-of-charge. Visit www.themedicineprogram.com/ for more information and an application form.

Free Legal Services for Victims of Crime
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence provides free legal services for victims of crime through its Crime Victims' Rights Project. ACESDV provides direct representation for crime victims as counsel of record in criminal cases for the purpose of asserting or enforcing their rights, as well as support services throughout the duration of the criminal case. Services are available statewide for criminal cases in federal, state, county or municipal justice court. Call the Legal Advocacy Hotline at (602) 279-2900. For more information, please click HERE.

Talking Book Library
Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
The Talking Book Library provides audio book and Braille delivery service for the visually impaired and physically limited throughout Arizona. Just like a municipal/county library, people have already paid for this service with their tax dollars. All materials, including the player and headphones, are provided and sent by the U.S. Postal Service. All correspondence is conducted over the phone, by email, and by postal service mail. Many library users are moving beyond the physical collection and using the BARD program. The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) program provides additional titles that are not available in the library's physical collection. To learn more, visit https://azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks.

Free Oral Health Screenings for Children to 5 Years of Age and Pregnant Women
Revisiones Dentales Gratis
Maricopa County Public Health has partnered with the Ventanilla de Salud at the Consulate of Mexico to provide free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment is needed. Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Ventanilla de Salud, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004, 602.510.0637. En Español.

Mental and Behavioral Health Information and Resources
Get information and resources about mental health support groups, crisis lines, petitioning (involuntary commitment), therapists, seriously mentally ill, psychiatric hospitals, AHCCCS (Medicaid), Social Security (SSD and SSI), mental health power of atorney, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, prescription assistance, mental health power of attorney, mental health lawyers, food boxes, psychiatric hospitals, and many other resources. Information and Resources Coordinator Andy Arnowitz enjoys helping people navigate through the often confusing world of the Arizona mental health system, and getting clients to the people and organizations best able to serve them. These services are offered to the public by MarcCommunity Resources, Inc. Click HERE for more information or call Andy at 480.994.4407 Mon.-Fri. 9 am to 4 pm.

Free Youth Training Program
Are you between the ages of 16 and 21? Looking to take the next step forward? Would you like to learn the skills needed for entry-level positions to start a career? Take the first step and call today to learn more about the free programs and benefits offered by Arizona Center for Youth Resources, 602.252.6721. Visit www.acyraz.org for more information on their education, work readiness skills, and career/skill enhancement programs.

Have You Been Screened for Depression?
You get checked for cavities and high blood pressure. You should get checked for depression, too. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or unable to do the things you once enjoyed, it may be time to assess your emotional health. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to complete an anonymous self-assessment. Just visit www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org.

Health Resources Available from the Refugee Health Program
Health education pamphlets have been translated into multiple languages and are available on the Arizona Department of Health Services' Refugee Health Program’s website for community use. These pamphlets cover car safety, vaccination, behavioral health, personal hygiene and more.

Get a Free HIV Test or Find Free or Low Cost Care
Visit www.hivaz.org to find HIV testing providers close to you, learn what your test results mean, find out how often you should get tested, find free or low cost HIV care, and find other help, services and information.

Greatness Kid's Club
Family Involvement Center’s Greatness Kids Club is where children and youth (grades K-6 or ages 5-12) receive trauma-informed, strengths-based support, cultivate healthy relationships, and build skills to meet their individual behavioral health goals. The program carefully balances fun, engaging activities with routine, structure, and curriculum developed by national experts. The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 7 pm at 5044 W. Cactus Rd., Suite A, Glendale. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE. For more information or to enroll your child today, contact Nick Irigoyen atNick@familyinvolvementcenter.org or (602) 509-4664.

Guide for Foster Families Navigating DDD
The Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is a part of Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) that provides supports and services for eligible people who have at least one of the following diagnoses: autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or cognitive/intellectual disability. Trying to navigate the system can be difficult for individuals applying for benefits as well as those already receiving benefits. Click HERE for a helpful guide.

Navigating the System:
Wait Lists for AHCCCS Cover Behavioral Health Services Are Prohibited
You have a right to receive the services you need, delivered within AHCCCS Policy established timelines. If an agency or specialist is unable to serve you, the agency or specialist should refer you to your AHCCCS Health Plan to locate a provider near you. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Enrollment Assistance, Free
Keogh Health Connection offers FREE enrollment assistance for AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid), KidsCare, Marketplace Health Insurance (The Affordable Care Act), SNAP (food stamps), and TANF (emergency cash assistance). Their Navigators are advocates and teachers who care for and support you on the road to self-sufficiency. Keogh will be available for appointments at the Ability360 Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Please call 602.266.0397 to schedule your appointment. For further assistance, please email at Lpearson@keoghhealth.org.

Peer Mentoring at Ability360 Center
Are you a person with a disability who has successfully achieved and maintained your independent living goals? Are you good at listening, providing support, and problem solving? If the answers are yes, consider becoming a Peer Mentor at Ability360 to assist others achieve their independent living goals. If you would like to become a Peer Mentor or you are interested in being matched with a Mentor, contact Polly Queen, pollyq@ability360.org or 602.296.0533 to get started.

NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). The group meets every third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, at PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004. Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts Sheet
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a fact sheet on aclohol prevention written specifically for preteens and teens. It compares the myths with the facts about how common alcohol use is among youth. This fact sheet can also help you start a conversation about underage drinking and alcohol misuse. To view or download it, click HERE.

MIHS Acquires Hospital in Maryvale
Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) will soon be re-opening the emergency department at its newly acquired Maryvale campus beginning April 2. This will be the first project completed within MIHS’s Care Reimagined initiative designed to transform our community’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care to better serve the community. The behavioral health hospital will open in April with 48 staffed beds. The remodeled facility will have capacity for up to 192 beds which they intend to phase in over time.Click HERE to learn more.

U of A: Parent and Family Specialist Institute in Tucson
The Parent and Family Specialist Institute (P&FSI) is instructed by Certified Parent and Family Specialists. Using evidence based practices, they train parents and families to establish rapport, develop relationships, assess and support progress towards health improvements, and identify individualized goals by working with members to develop their strengths, talents and abilities to make effective personal choices. P&FSI, an AHCCCS credentialed training, produces readily employable certified Parent and Family Specialists, with proficiency of the health care system and how to navigate it. Click HERE for more information.

Navigating the System: Timelines for Accessing Services
Your AHCCCS health plan is required to ensure that you can see medical professionals in a timely manner. Click HERE for information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program to Veterans
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is sometimes called domestic violence. This type of violence happens specifically when a present or past boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife harms you, says they will harm you, or follows or watches you or tries to make you scared. It is NOT your fault and you are not alonge. the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program will help Veterans, their families and V.A. staff who use or experience IPV. To learn more, visit www.socialwork.va.gov/IPV.

Stories of Hope and Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a video series that features inspiring stories from three people who survived an attempted suicide. These individuals and their families personally recount their journeys from the suicide attempt to a life of hope and recovery. To view the videos, visit www.youtube.com.

Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a brochure that explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them. It also provides information on how effective family therapy sessions are in recovery. To view or download the brochure, click HERE.

Homeless Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center
1500 E. Thomas Road, Suite 106, Phoenix, 602.248.6040
This "One Stop Shop" for homeless veterans services is sponsored by the Phoenix V.A. and community partners.Daily services include peer support, employment services, medical care, substance abuse services, assessments for health care and housing needs and more. To learn more, visit click HERE.

AHCCCS Notifies Members of Breach of Personal Health Information
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) became aware of a breach of personal health information on January 15, 2019 affecting 3,146 individuals in Arizona who receive Medicaid coverage. To learn more, visit www.azahcccs.gov/shared/News/PressRelease/breach.

Are You Thinking About Suicide?
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or feelings, help is available 24 hours a day at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Suicide and Social Media Tipsheet
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has released Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers. Developed with physicians and prevention experts, it offers guidance for adults to help young people safely navigate social media. To download the tipsheet, visit www.suicidology.org.

Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition and David's Hope
David's Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition meets on a regular basis at various locations around our state. David's Hope works to support people with psychiatric disabilities at risk of becoming or already involved in our criminal justice system. If you or your organization would like to help us organize a meeting in your region, we want to hear from you. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

Project Connect Events: More Than 50 Service Providers in One Location
Individuals and families who need assistance with housing, shelter, benefits, identification, and other basic health and human services are invited to be guests at Project Connect. These events help those in need on their journeys to health, financial stability, and housing by bringing more than 50 service providers to one location, allowing individuals and families to receive numerous services in one day that could normally take days, weeks, or months on their own. Visit vsuw.org for a schedule of events and locations. Project Connect is a program of Valley of the Sun United Way.

Navigating the System: Dental Coverage for AHCCCS Members Under 21
Did you know that AHCCCS coverage includes routine dental care for all members under the age of 21 All AHCCCS members under the age of 21 are assigned to a Dental Home by their health plan. A Dental Home is a dental office. Your primary care doctor (PCP) will do an oral health screening as part of a routine physical examination. This screening determines dental needs and can help connect members to covered dental services available at a Dental Home. Coverage includes emergency dental services and medically necessary dental services. To learn more, click HERE for a fact sheet provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Reentry Job Club for Ex-offenders
Father Matters is now offering a Reentry Job Club every Thursday. It is open to the public and there is no cost. Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

Mental and Behavioral Health Information and Resources: A Free Service
MARC Community Resources provides mental and behavioral health information and resources. Their Referral Coordinator, Andy Arnowitz, enjoys helping others navigate through the Arizona mental health system, locating the professionals and organizations best able to assist the people that he serves. No matter what your need is, Andy is committed to solve the problem or point you in the right direction. Call Andy at 480.994.4407 or email Andy.Arnowitz@marccr.com for more information.

Join Mental Health America of Arizona
Mental Health America of Arizona invites you to join their network. It’s a way for you to help promote the statewide goals of developing, empowering, informing and activating a network of people like yourself, healthcare providers and business alliances who want to advocate for sound public mental health policy in Arizona. Take that first step in building a viable community of advocates working to assure a mentally healthy Arizona, free from stigma and treatment disparities. To learn more, visit http://mhaarizona.org.

AHCCCS Member Resources
Applying for coverage? Need to report a change of address or income? Click HERE to get help with these and learn more about the AHCCCS programs.

LGBT Youth: It's OK to Ask for Help
Visit The Trevor Project website for empowering, first-person accounts of LGBT youth reaching out to friends, teachers, parents or counselors to show that it’s OK to ask for help when you need it. It’s the first step to getting the support you need. Or, if you need to talk to someone right away, call the TrevorLifeline, 1.866.488.7386 or text 'START' to 678-678. Any time.

The Baby Box Program: The DCS Safe Sleep Campaign
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of infant death for babies one month to one year old. The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) Safe Sleep Campaign is working to fight this. The Baby Box Program promotes the ABS's of safe sleep: Baby sleeps safest ALONE, on their BACK, in a CRIB. Check out the DCS Safe Sleep Campaign website for details, fliers, and more information.

Job & Training Institute Offered Monthly
Father Matters' Job and Training Institute assists job seekers (men and women) with services and resources that will help with securing employment or obtaining better employment. Topics include adapting to change, job searching, money management, preparing for interviews, dependability, ethics, cover letter/resume writing, customer service and job retention. Free continental breakfast and lunch provided; certificates of completion provided at end of training. Visit www.fathermatters.org for future dates. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or info@fathermatters.org.

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Free Mental Health Peer Support Groups in Maricopa County
11 Peer Support Groups Sponsored by Mental Health Guild
The groups are located throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (Maricopa County). For individuals 18+ diagnosed with a mental illness. Click HERE for a listing by focus, city, and day/time, or visit http://mentalhealthaz.org. There is no charge or registration requirement to attend. If this is your first time attending a group or for more information, please call Andy Arnowitz, Peer Support Group Coordinator, 480.994.4407.

Talking to a Child About a Suicide Attempt
A suicide attempt is likely one of the most difficult situations a family may ever face. Click HERE for a 24-page educational booklet and accompanying website, created by the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, which offers parents and caregivers information and guidance for communicating with different age groups about a suicide attempt in your family.

Office of Human Rights Advocates for Arizonans with Mental Illness
Voice and choice are essential for individuals on the path of recovery. Yet for some of our most vulnerable members, those unable to independently understand, protect and exercise their rights due to mental illness or cognitive impairment, self-determination is insurmountable without assistance. The Office of Human Rights (OHR) is there for such individuals. The focus of OHR is to advocate for individuals determined to have a serious mental illness (SMI) to help them understand, protect and exercise their rights, facilitate self-advocacy through education and obtain access to behavioral health services in the publicly funded behavioral health system in Arizona.

OHR primarily represents individuals with SMI and in need of special assistance in service and discharge planning and in the grievance and appeal processes. OHR also provides technical assistance, information and guidance to friends, family members and guardians when requested to support their advocacy efforts. OHR works with members to understand their treatment needs and preferences, and works collaboratively with other entities to ensure members’ needs are met, their rights are protected,and desired services can be accessed without barriers. To learn more about your rights, visit www.azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/HealthcareAdvocacy/ohr

Free Services for Men and Women from Father Matters
Enrollment assistance for food and health insurance benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/food stamps, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)/Medicaid and more. Eligibility screenings and application assistance are free and confidential. Click HERE for details.
Support services for free eye exams/glasses, food boxes, hygiene kits and more. Click HERE for details.
Family Law Legal Services for free legal assistance services for fathers and mothers, such as custody and paternity issues, parenting plans, modification of orders, dissolutions of marriage and more. Click HERE for details.
ReEntryUSA to successfully reintegrate back home after terms of incarceration. Click HERE for details.
Free smart phones for those who qualify. Click HERE for details.
Contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or info@fathermatters.org for information or to schedule your appointment.

Resource for Affordable Housing
Find affordable housing location anywhere in the United States by visiting www.socialserve.com. This searchable website may help you located affordable housing for rent or for sale.

Suicide Prevention and Support Resources
Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Click HERE for resources and information provided by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. If you need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and offers best practices for professionals.

Arizona Peer & Family Coalition
Dedicated to extending statewide peer and family leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care since 2009. The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for, connect, promote, and develop leadership by peers and family members throughout our state. Participate in AZPFC meetings in person or by phone from anywhere in the state! Monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Family InvolvementCenter, 5333 N 7th St., Ste. A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 11:30 am for networking. For more information about upcoming meetings, membership or events, contact Carol McDermott, President ProTem, 602.806.0002 or info@azpeerandfamily.org.

Resources for Foster/Kinship/Adoptive Families
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is committed to providing comprehensive, quality health care for foster children. Foster children are eligible for medical and dental care, inpatient, outpatient, behavioral health, and other services through the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP) and the regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) or through Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS). Adoptive children are typically AHCCCS eligible and enroll in a health plan/RBHA or CRS similar to any Medicaid eligible child. For more information, please visit www.azahcccs.gov/Members/AlreadyCovered/MemberResources/Foster.

Veterans Crisis Line
A free, confidential resource that veterans and their families and friends can access any day, any time. If you notice warning signs, tell a veteran about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at http://veteranscrisisline.net, or text message 838255 for free, confidential support 365 days a year. Spread the word.

Navigating the System: Family and Other Supports Are Key to Recovery
Adult Family Support Can Help
Do you (or someone you care about) need support with a mental health or substance use disorder diagnosis? We can help you understand what a behavioral health diagnosis means and how the behavioral health care system works. Family support services are available to help you connect with others through groups or one-on-one support, better understand mental health or substance use disorders, learn about and navigate the public health system, and learn to develop coping, self-care, and advocacy skills. To learn more, click HERE for a fact sheet provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Eating Disorders Peer Support Group: New Group in Peoria
Ed's Exes Eating Disorder Group now meets in Peoria on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the West Valley Center for Spiritual Living, 9745 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria 85345. There is no charge or registration requirement to attend. Peer support groups are facilitated by trained mental health consumers and focus on adult (18+) consumer issues. For information on this and other support groups, visit http://mentalhealthaz.org/support-groups/. Sponsored by the Mental Health Guild.

NAMI Ending The Silence
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Valley of the Sun is seeking applications for presenters in the NAMI Signature Program, NAMI Ending the Silence. a presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental illness. To learn more, click HERE. To apply, click HERE.

Navigating the System:
Sharing Health Information with Family and Friends of Adult Members
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the federal law that protects your personal health information (PHI). HIPAA allows you to access health care with the assurance that your personal information will be kept confidential. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Counselors Needed for Sibling Connection Summer Camp
A summer camp for brothers and sisters in foster care June 16-22 in Payson, Arizona. Siblings separated in foster care come together for a week of high country high jinks, strengthening family bonds and creating lasting memories at Sibling Connection Summer Camp. To learn more, visit www.aask-az.org/pdf/2019NewCounselorApplication.pdf. Presented by Aid to Adoption of Special Kids.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses Available
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge or is in crisis. The eight-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. For information and to find a course, click HERE.

Get a Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer screening reduces mortality by 40% among 50- to 74-year-olds, according to a 2015 review published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And, the risk of breast cancer increases with age. That's why it is so important for older women to get regular mammograms. Mammograms are the best weapon we have against breast cancer. They can find breast cancer early, when it is too small to be felt or seen. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and makes treatment easier. Contact your AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) Plan to schedule your free mammogram! Uninsured women 40 - 65 can receive clinical breast exams and mammograms through the Well Woman HealthCheck Program. Call 1.888.257.8502 or click HERE for information.

Family Education Program at Child Crisis Arizona
Child Crisis Arizona offers no-cost resources for families through parenting classes, family events and more. The Family Education Program offers workshops, classes, support groups, legal clinics and family-friendly activities. All of these programs center around teaching positive parenting skills that build strong families. Classes are available at both their Mesa and Phoenix locations. To learn more, visit https://childcrisisaz.org/what-we-do/education-and-tools-for-families/classes-workshop.

Accessing Behavioral Health Services
Are you or someone you know looking for help with mental health and/or substance use disorders? Click HERE to see a flow-chart of how that process works.

How to Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
Mental Health America's career roadmap shows the career path from the moment you decide to become a peer specialist to the moment you earn the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) certification, The NCPS is the first national advanced peer specialist certification. To learn more, click HERE.

Earn the National Certified Peer Specialist Certification
Thanks to Mental Health America's new partnership with Examity, a secure live-proctoring platform, peers can take the NCPS examination 24 hours a day, 7 days a week wherever they have secure internet access and a webcam. To learn more or apply, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/become-national-certified-peer-specialist-comfort-your-home.

Professional Resiliency and Compassion Fatigue Prevention
Glendale Community College's Behavioral Health Sciences department offers course BHS 155, Professional Resiliency and Compassion Fatigue Prevention. To learn more, click HERE.

Navigating the System:
Services for AHCCCS Members without an SMI Determination
If you are an adult AHCCCS member you are entitled to behavioral health services. You do not haveto have a designation of a serious mental illness (SMI) to receive behavioral health services. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Help and Hope for the Incarcerated and Their Loves Ones
Rescued Not Arrested Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses unique outreach methods to reduce both recidivism and incarceration. Among other services, Rescued Not Arrested Inc. provides support groups, housing partners to assist in transition, and assistance with employment upon release. To learn more, visit www.rescuednotarrested.org.

Navigating the System:
The Importance of a Hospital Discharge Plan
Discharge planning begins as soon as you are admitted to the hospital. It helps your health care providers coordinate your treatment and helps you make a smooth return to your community and your regular routine. Click HERE for information on hospital discharge plans provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Credit Training Hours for Foster Parents
Every year foster parents must complete a specific amount of both online and in-person training in order to continue to stay licensed. A great resource to fulfill the online portion of training is the Foster Care & Adoptive Community (FCAC).The FCAC has over 150 online training courses that the foster parents can take when they want, from wherever they want. The courses are developed by professionals with extensive experience, and most hold a Masters or Ph. D. Certificates are immediately generated upon completion of the course and passing of the test. To learn more, visit click HERE or visit www.fosterparents.com.

Easy, Convenient Banking for Children in Foster Care
Financial responsibility is an important part of life that ALL children should learn. That’s why First Convenience Bank has made it easy for children in foster care to open an account and begin the process of financial education and freedom. So what makes this opportunity great of children in foster care? 1) Multiple locations and online banking services (e.g., bill pay, funds transfer, mobile check deposit, etc.); 2) Debit Mastercard issued with no wait, no monthly fees, and no annual fees; and 3) Open any account for just $1.00 . Also, understanding that children in foster care have unique guardian situations, First ConvenienceBank allows children to open accounts at age 15 with a valid ID, or age 14 with consent of a guardian. Check out their website or call for more information, locations, and additional details: 1stCB.com, 800-903-7490,TTY 866-390-9768.

Supervised Parenting Center for Fathers
Father Matters has a Supervised Parenting Center which facilitates positive parental contact with children and to reduce children's exposure to inter-parental conflict around parenting and visitation issues. Father Matters SPC is ONLY for fathers and their children to provide supervised parenting time and monitored exchanges. For services, fees and hours of operation, call 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/services/supervised-parenting-center-for-fathers.

Add Your Name to the National Peer Specialist Registry
Doors to Well Being, National Technical Assistance Center, and the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), with the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA), have launched a National Peer Specialist Registry. Peers from around the country can now sign up to demonstrate their training and connect with potential employers and other peers. Visit http://nationalpeerspecialistregistry.com to learn more.

Navigating the System: Accessing Behavioral Health Services (updated!)
Getting what you need starts with having the right information. One-page "empowerment tools" can give you what you need to know, when you need to know it. This one-pager on "accessing behavioral health services" will help when you or someone you know is in need of support for mental and/or substance use disorders. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Northwest Valley Community Resource Guide
The City of Peoria and City of Surprise collaborated to create this quick reference guide to provide contact information for assistance with food, shelter, homelessness, domestic violence and many other local resources. View the guide at www.peoriaaz.gov.

AHCCCS Member Resources
AHCCCS is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona's Medicaid. Applying for coverage? Need to report a change of address or income? Click HERE to get help with these and learn more about AHCCCS programs.

Where to Get a Flu Shot
Flu season is here! The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year. It also helps protect others from getting the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu shot (vaccination) for people 6 months and older. Click HERE for information on all the places where you can get a flu shot, like your primary care provider, community healthy centers, walk-in clinics, your local pharmacy, and more.

Need Health Insurance? Cover Arizona Can Help
Cover Arizona's open enrollment team is here to help you: Get answers about health insurance; Find the right plan for you; Fill out forms; Know how to use your plan to live well. They can help you with enrollment in KidsCare, AHCCCS (Arizona's Medicaid), and the Insurance Marketplace. To learn more, visit http://coveraz.org/.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. Their mission is to educate, advocate, counsel and empower people to make informed benefit decisions. SHIP is an independent program funded by federal agencies and is not affiliated with the insurance industry.This program is a partnership of the Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services and Arizona’s Area Agencies on Aging. To reach the SHIP, call their 24-hour hotline at 1-800-432-4040 and leave a message. A Counselor will call you back. If you need an appointment, our Counselors can refer you to a local office in your county of residence. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://des.az.gov/services/aging-and-adult/state-health-insurance/faq.

Home in Five Advantage: Help for Low- and Moderate-Income Homebuyers
The Home in Five Advantage program helps low and moderate income homebuyers in Maricopa County by offering a competitive loan interest rate with a non-repayable grant for down payment and closing costs. Additional assistance is also available to qualified U.S. Military personnel, veterans, teachers, first responders, and individuals with an annual income up to $31,450. To learn more, visit ww.homein5advantage.com.

Free Enrollment Assistance for Benefits
Keogh Health Connection offers FREE enrollment assistance for AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid), KidsCare, Marketplace Health Insurance (The Affordable Care Act), SNAP (food stamps), and TANF (emergency cash assistance). Their navigators are advocates and teachers who care for and support their clients on the road to self-sufficiency. Keogh will be available for appointments at the Ability360 Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Please call 602-266-0397 to schedule your appointment. For more information, email Lpearson@keoghhealth.org.

The State of Mental Health in America
For the fifth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Minnesota came out on top overall, and Arizona was ranked 39th overall, 30th in caring for adults, and 43rd in caring for youth. Arizona also ranked very low (42nd) in access to care. Click HERE to read the 2019 State of Mental Health in America Report and see the details.

Baby Bag Program
The Baby Bag Program from Father Matters is free to families with children who are in need of an emergency set of diapers (sizes newborn to 5T). You will receive an emergency kit with diapers and wipes and, when available, toys, educational materials and resources for parents. Call to schedule an appointment and to make sure we have your diaper size in stock, 602.774.3298.

Arizona Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners Seeks Members
AAPRP invites you to get involved in your community! AAPRP is a new organization looking for creative, dedicated individuals to improve access to mental heatlh services in Arizona, highlight real-life stories of recovery in action, serve on the Board of Directors, participate in national conferences, and establish a social media presence. We are looking for participation from anyone in Arizona that identifies as being in recovery themselves, having a family member in recovery, or being involved in the mental health field directly/indirectly. All are welcome! For more information, click HERE or email AAPRPConnect@gmail.com.

Names of RBHAs Change to Align with AHCCCS Complete Care
When 1.5 million AHCCCS members move into integrated AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) health plans today, October 1, they will receive behavioral health services through their chosen ACC plan instead of from a regional behavioral health authority(RBHA). However, RBHAs and Tribal RBHAs will continue to serve:
• Foster children enrolled in the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP), including those CMDP members who have a CRS condition;
• Members enrolled with DES/DDD;
• Individuals determined to have a serious mental illness (SMI).
There will be no changes to RBHA-covered services for these members. RBHAs will also continue to provide crisis, grant funded and state-only funded services.

To align with their respective ACC health plans in each geographic service area, the names of the existing RBHAs will change on Oct. 1, 2018.
• Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) will become Steward Health Choice Arizona
• Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC) will become Mercy Care
• Cenpatico Integrated Care (CIC) will become Arizona Complete Health – Complete Care Plan

No-cost Resources for Families Available from Child Crisis Arizona
Child Crisis Arizona offers no-cost resources for families through parenting classes, family events and more. The Family Education Program offers workshops, classes, playgroups, support groups, legal clinics and family-friendly activities. All of these programs center around teaching positive parenting skills that build strong families. Classes are available at both their Mesa and Phoenix locations. Please see thier current class offerings: Fall Community Workshops, https://childcrisisaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-Workshops-MESA-Fall.pdf, https://childcrisisaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-Workshops-PHOENIX-Fall.pdf. Have questions? Call 480.834.8424.

AHCCCS IOFA Publishes Quarterly Report
The AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA) promotes recovery, resiliency, and wellness for individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges. The build partnerships with individuals, families of choice, youth, communities, organizations and we collaborate with key leadership and community members in the decision making process at all levels of the behavioral health system. Click HERE to read their first quarterly report.

Getting Your Flu Shot Protects More Than Just You
We all know that the best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting your flu shot each year, but did you know that getting vaccinated can also protect those around you? A community-wide study showed that when more younger and middle-aged adults (aged 18-64 years) got their flu vaccine, there were lower rates of flu in older adults (aged 65+ years). This shows how important it is for ALL of us to get the flu vaccine: it helps protect you, your family, coworkers, fellow shoppers, and those celebrating the holidays with you. Find out where to get a flu shot using the Flu Vaccine Finder at www.cdc.gov/flu.

In addition to getting a flu shot every year, you can help fight the flu with a few easy steps. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying at home if you are sick. If you do get the flu, you can take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Get more information at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.

Get a Free Back to School Toolkit
Trauma can happen to anyone, at any age. It’s important to be aware of how trauma can trigger mental health issues in young people to prevent mental health conditions before they reach crisis. Half of all mental health conditions start by age 14. By increasing understanding of trauma and recognition of early warning signs of mental health conditions, we can get young people to seek help and support as soon as possible so that they can address issues before crisis, Before Stage 4.The 2018 Back to School Toolkit from Mental Health America will provide young people with information to help them understand the effects trauma, including the onset of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school to download your free toolkit now.

Volunteer Opportunity: Board of Directors Members
Are you a compassionate and caring person? Have you been impacted by mental illness? Do you have time to give? If so, you can provide hope and support to others through NAMI Valley of the Sun’s outreach efforts, annual walk, program facilitation,committee involvement and other activities. You will receive an orientation and on-the-job training. Volunteers can provide service at various times and in various ways to accommodate individual schedules. We are specifically seeking members for our Board of Directors to oversee policy and direction, especially people with marketing, fundraising, legal advocacy, criminal justice, information technology, and/or mental health advocacyexperience. Please contact Gay Evangelista at g.evangelista@namivalleyofthesun.org for information. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Navigating the System: Peer-run Organizations
Peer-run organizations are service providers owned, operated and administrated by persons with lived experiences of mental health and/or substance use disorders. These organizations are based in the community and provide support services.AHCCCS members have the right to request services provided by and/or participate in programs at a peer-run organization. Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

Navigating the Division of Developmental Disabilities
Systems that help people with developmental disabilities are complex. Download a free guide for individuals and families to help you understand the many systems you may work with along the way. Offered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Foster and Kinship Caregivers Resource
Through a joint effort between AHCCCS and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), a new resource packet has been developed to support foster and kinship caregivers. This packet will be provided by Rapid Response and contains health plan contacts, behavioral and physical health information, and other valuable resources. Click HERE for the packet.

Crisis Services for Children in Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Care
If your child is experiencing a crisis, don't wait! Call the behavioral health crisis line in your area.Click HERE for more information provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

NAMI Valley of the Sun is Looking for Peer Support Group Facilitators
NAMI Valley of the Sun is looking for adult peers, in recovery, who are interested in co-facilitating a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group. As a facilitator, you will instill hope, be part of an amazing organization, and inspire group participants to accomplish their recovery goals. If you are interested, please contact NAMI Valley of the Sun, Programs Coordinator, info@namivalleyofthesun.org, (602) 759-8182.

SNAP Enrollment Assistance: Nutritious Food and Health Insurance
Participate in the Father Matters Benefits program for you and your family. Father Matters helps you apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / food stamps, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)/Medicaid and more. Eligibility screenings and application assistance are FREE and confidential. On-time service, at ONE place and with ONE application. Contact Father Matters to schedule an appointment, 602.774.3298 or info@fathermatters.org.

Join the Mental Health Awareness Coalition
Join the discussion about public education to increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of mental health issues in the community and reducing stigma and discrimination. Visit www.mhacaz.org or www.facebook.com/MHACArizona to learn more.

Benevolence Requests
Pilgrim Rest Family Services provides benevolence assistance for individuals and families who are in crisis situations. To apply, please download application HERE. Bring completed application to the PRBC office Mon-Friday between 10 AM and 4 PM or fax to (602.258.0840. All application information is confidential.

Child Support Assistance Services
Father Matters, in partnership with the Division of Child Support Services, provides child support assistance services to fathers and their families. Work one-on-one with a child support case worker in a safe and secure environment. Services Include: Applying for child support services, establishing paternity, modification of a current support order, discussing arrears, discussing a settlement of arrears, and help with an out of state child support case. Contact Father Matters to make an appointment, 602.774.3298 or info@fathermatters.org.

Get Rid of High-cost Car title Loans
The Lend a Hand loan program pays off high-cost car title loans up to $3,000 for Maricopa County residents. The program is a partnership between the Arizona Community Foundation, MariSol Federal Credit Union, and Take Charge America. The goal of the program is to rescue residents struggling to pay off car title loans and help put them on a path to healthy credit and financial success. For more information, click HERE.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (in English and Spanish)
This fact sheet serves as a guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It outlines the three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and lists the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks. Click HERE for more information provided by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Mobile Clinic Offers Free Medical Care and Prescriptions
Mission of Mercy is a free mobile clinic for primary medical care and prescriptions for children and adults, as well as no cost lab tests and X-rays, mammography, and more. Appointments are recommended. If a medication is needed, it will be dispensed free of charge. Their clinics are located in Phoenix, Mesa and Avondale. For clinic locations and schedules, and to make an appointment, visit www.amissionofmercy.org/Arizona.

Be One in a Million: Get Mental Health First Aid Training
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—we’d start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Become 1 in a million by getting trained today. Visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org to learn more or find a course near you.

13 Reasons Why Resources
Since the second season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why comes out today, May 18, Southwest Network is passing along this LIST from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center of commonly asked questions about the series. It contains resources to help parents, schools, members of the media, and community leaders discuss the series and promote awareness about suicide prevention.

New Treatment Options for Opioid Misuse, Abuse or Dependence
You or someone you know may be affected by opioid use disorder. AHCCCS, as the administrator of a Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, has increased treatment options to include 24/7 access to Opioid Treatment Programs. Arizona now has five agencies providing opioid treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve individuals who need immediate access to treatment services and connections to ongoing services. For information on these five agencies, as well as crisis, treatment and support resources and services, Click HERE.

Reentry Mentoring Project: Help for Ex-Offenders
Father Matters' Reentry Mentoring Project assists men and women successfully reintegrate back home after terms of incarceration. All of our services are free to currently incarcerated or recently released male and female parents. We assist by helping to build stronger, healthier families by providing support, encouragement, beneficial life skills development and personal advocacy and education. Referrals not needed. Please call 602.774.3298 o make appointment.To learn more, or to become a mentor, visit http://fathermatters.org/programs/father-matters-reentry-mentoring-project.

Fight Stigma
People with mental illnesses must often cope with the sting of social stigma in addition to their illness. Individuals with mental illnesses have been marginalized under the weight of negative attitudes and beliefs that cause others to fear them, avoid them and shun them. By simply changing the words you use, you can help someone who may feel shame about seeking help for a mental illness. The right words show respect for the experience that someone else is living. To learn more, visit https://azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/HealthcareAdvocacy/OIFA/Stigma.

Disability Benefits 101: Online Benefits Planning Calculators
If you have a disability in Arizona, how much can you earn and keep your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits? If you go to work, are you concerned you'll lose your SSDI benefits or healthcare? Use DB101's online benefits planning calculators to get ready for a change in your work or benefits, or to learn how benefits rules might apply to you. Just visit https://az.db101.org/.

DispatchHealth Brings Mobile Urgent Care to Mercy Care Members
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Mercy Care Plan members now have access to urgent care that comes to you through the plan’s new partnership with DispatchHealth. This service allows members to stay comfortable at home while they are ill or injured and avoid emergency room waiting rooms. The service is available seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., all year long. Services include on-site suturing, IV fluids and IV-medication administration, UTI treatment, catheter insertion, and even mobile imaging like X-rays if needed. Mercy Care members can access DispatchHealth through its smartphone app, a phone call to 480.493.3444 or visitng dispatchhealth.com. Read the full story at http://ktar.com.

Strong Warnings Against Combining Opioids with Other Medications
Most of us know that opioids are used to treat pain. But did you know that some prescription cough syrups also contain opioids? Click HERE for more information about high-risk medications provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

At-home Urgent Care Services Offered Through DispatchHealth
Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care announced they are now partnering with DispatchHealth, offering on-demand mobile urgent care services in the Phoenix area. The service claims to offer greater convenience, lower costs than an emergency room visit and better care. Read the full story in www.abc15.com.

Foster Family FAQ and Resources
Fostering can pose challenges and uncertainties. You can find some answers to frequently-asked questions for foster families and kinship caregivers HERE.

Learn More About Peer-run Organizations
Peer-run organizations are service providers owned, operated and administered by persons with lived experiences of mental health and/or substance use disorders. Click HERE to learn more from a fact sheet from AHCCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.

American Association of Suicidology Statement on Firearms and Suicide
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has released a statement on firearms and suicide. Nearly all individuals who attempt suicide using firearms die. AAS recognizes that access to firearms is a risk factor for death by suicide, promotes means safety as a method for lowering the national suicide rate, and supports collaborative relationships between the suicide prevention field and the firearms community. Click HERE to read their statement.

Final Analysis of CMDP Integrated Health Plan Capacity Released
AHCCCS has announced that Mercer, an independent contractor, has completed an analysis of a proposal to integrate behavioral health services for children in foster care who are enrolled in the state’s Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP). This report includes the analysis requested by AHCCCS and the Department of Child Safety (DCS) in January 2018 that Mercer examine Administrative Services Organization (ASO) models for Arizona's child welfare and Medicaid agencies and alternative health service delivery systems for children and youth in foster care. Click HERE to read Mercer's final analysis.

Southwest Network Selected as Targeted Investment Program Participant
AHCCCS announced on February 20 that Southwest Network is one of the adult behavioral health provider participants selected for the Targeted Investments Program (TI), a 5-year incentive program to help registered AHCCCS providers develop clinical processes that integrate physical and behavioral health care delivery. More than 515 locations have been accepted from six specialty categories: Adult Behavioral Health, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Adult Primary Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Hospitals, and Justice. All participants are currently working to complete Year Two program milestones. Click HERE to see the full ist of participants.

Free Art Classes for Suicide Survivors
Arizona Artists Guild offers tuition-free art classes to suicide survivors. This program is designed specifically for friends and families who have lost a loved one to suicide as well as those who have attempted suicide and survived. Attendees will receive the benefits of expression, social interaction with others, and the enjoyment of quality time engaged in a creative activity. Working alongside one another so that they can meet and share with people in similar situations. Classes are offered the 4th Saturday of each month from 3 to 5 pm. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. For information or to register, contact info@arizonaartistsguild.net or 928.300.7185.

Free Classes from Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes for Teens
Classes are offered in Avondale, Glendale, and Mesa for pregnant adolescents age 21 and younger. Class topics include prenatal nutrition, healthy relationships, what to expect during labor and delivery, relaxation and breathing, postpartum care, and much more.
Proactive Teen Parenting Classes for Teen Parents
Classes are offered in Avondale, Glendale, and Mesa for parenting adolescents age 21 and younger. Class topics include nutrition, playtime, developmental milestones, positive discipline, and much more. Class participants are eligible for raffle prizes, free diapers, and CPR classes. Free snacks during class. Children are more than welcome to attend with class participants.
Find Your Future Classes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Classes are offered in Avondale, Glendale, and Mesa for pregnant or parenting adolescents ages of 14 to 19. This series helps teen parents learn to have healthy relationships, make positive decisions, set career and educational goals, and save money. Participants receive a free gift card at series completion.
For more information on these classes, contact Kelley Rodriguez, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, 623.334.1501.

‘Bipolar’ is Not a Synonym for ‘Violent’
By now, we’ve all had some time to absorb the horrifying news out of Orlando, and to think about the victims of this traumatic event. And we’ve also heard Sitora Yusufiy, ex-wife of the slain Orlando nightclub shooter, say that she thinks his actions were caused by mental illness—specifically “bipolar disorder”—and not a connection to ISIS or intolerance.

While we don’t want to minimize the abuse that Yusifiy suffered throughout their short marriage, her statements perpetuate an unfortunate (and altogether too common) misconception that violent crime is rooted in mental health issues.

Bipolar is NOT a synonym for violent, and does not explain this kind of violence. It is a disservice to say such a thing, and a further disservice to report it simply because his ex-wife surmised it.

In fact, the truth of the matter is only about 4% of interpersonal violence in the United States can be attributed to mental illness (of course, that does not come close to 40% of news stories about mental health issues connecting it to violent behavior that harms other people).

In addition, people with severe mental illness are 10 times more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the perpetrators of them.

What’s also true, however, is that those who were impacted by the tragedy in Orlando are the ones who may now—or may soon—be suffering from mental trauma. Just as it continues to affect many of the victims of Sandy Hook, 9/11, Columbine, Oklahoma City, and every other shooting or disaster in America—years or even decades after the event occurs. Taking a screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Visit MHAScreening.org to take a free online screening today.

AHCCCS Enrollment Assistance
In partnership with Maricopa Superior Juvenile Courts and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Family Involvement Center offers assistance in getting AHCCCS coverage, including nutrition and cash assistance, at two locations in both Enlish and Spanish. To learn more, click HERE.

Consider Foster Care Adoption: Arizona's Foster Children Need You
There are more than 19,000 Arizona kids in foster care. One home makes a difference. Child Crisis Arizona is committed to helping Arizona children in out-of-home care by licensing and certifying parents for foster care and adoption. They provide a range of services and support along with realistic training to prepare families for the placement of children of all ages and backgrounds. Attend a free orientation to see if foster care is right for you. Visit http://childcrisisaz.org/what-we-do/adoption-foster-care to review the requirements, learn about the orientation sessions, or get more information, or call 480.834.9424.

Alcohol Treatment Navigator: Find Your Way to Aclohol Treatment
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently released a new online resource called the Alcohol Treatment Navigator. It’s designed to be a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool to help individuals and their loved ones navigate the often-complex process of searching for, and choosing, a professional treatment provider. Visit https://alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.gov/ to find alcohol treatment or more information.

Arizona’s Behavioral Health Services Rank Poorly in Annual Analysis
Mental Health America (MHA) publishes an annual analysis of the “State of Mental Health in America” and this year, as in last year’s report, the organization ranks Arizona poorly in terms of overall access to behavioral health care – a position that AHCCCS categorically disputes. Click HERE to read more from AHCCCS.

Access to Opioid Treatment Programs to Expand in Arizona
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced today that the second year of a two-year, $24 million Federal grant to address the opioid crisis in Arizona will begin in January 2018. Through evidence-based practices, Arizona is using grant funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand access to opioid treatment programs throughout the state. Click HERE to read more.

Donate Your Unused Cell Phones
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence will gladly take your old, unused or broken cell phones to earn funds to support their mission. Send or drop your cell phones by their office at: 2800 N Central Ave, Suite 1570, Phoenix, AZ 85004. For information about ACESDV, visit www.acesdv.org.

Back to School Tookit Available from Mental Health America
Kids and teens today are dealing with some heavy stuff -- cyber-bullying, body shaming, community violence, abuse, neglect, unstable home lives, drug exposure, sexual orientation, immigration issues and more. MHA’s 2017 Back to School Toolkit works to increase emotional intelligence and self-regulation through materials for parents, school personnel, and young people. This year's toolkit includes:
   •An Infographic on Youth Mental Health
   •Tips for Parents
   •Tips for Teachers
   •Harmful vs. Helpful Coping Skills for Kids and Teens
   •Sample Articles for Parents and Youth to use in School Newsletters
   •A Lesson Plan with included Worksheets
To download the free toolkit, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school

Southwest Network Ranked No. 3 on Business Journal List
For the second year, Southwest Network was ranked No. 3 on The Phoenix Business Journal’s Nonprofit Organizations Health-Medical List for 2017, based on 2016-2017 budget. Read the full story in the July 14, 2017 issue.

Behavioral Health Services for Children in Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Care
A Rapid Response is an initial in-home assessment for children entering into the Department of Child Safety (DCS) custody, which may be requested by DCS or a caregiver. Clinicians will assess immediate needs and triage any crisis or trauma-related issues. Includes behavioral health assessment, screening for developmental delays, support to child/family placement and connection to ongoing services. Click HERE to learn more in a one-page fact sheet provided by AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs.