You may recall that we recently entered into an agreement for the Arnold v. Sarn suit that requires use of four of SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) and their implementation in Maricopa County. As part of the full implementation of these EBPs, providers in our State’s behavioral health care system will need to be evaluated according to SAMHSA’s fidelity tools to determine their fidelity adherence and future support needs. ADHS is seeking Fidelity Reviewers to conduct the provider reviews over a two year contract period.
This morning a Superior Court judge approved the exit agreement that was signed in January and will bring a close to the 30+ year old lawsuit. The Plaintiffs, Defendants and the Court all commented about how getting to this point has been a major accomplishment but that additional work will need to be done to maintain the level of services that have been developed to this point and that have been agreed to in exit agreement. The dismissal of the suit is scheduled to occur later this year after. Governor Brewer attended the hearing and addressed the Court affirming her commitment to the class members and the exit agreement. Without the Governor’s leadership over the last few years in particular the agreement would not have been possible.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with individuals representing the behavioral health interests of tribal members both on and off the reservations. We had a great discussion about opportunties to improve service delivery to members as we prepare for the Greater Arizona RFP. These discussions allow us to really examine how we best utilize our resources, coordinate care and improve outcomes for tribal members no matter where they seek health care services. One common theme that resounded throughout the meeting was the need to improve coordination between RBHA’s, T/RBHA’s, 638 providers, IHS facilities and other health care providers and health plans that all serve members. This area will receive additional focus as we consider what the Greater Arizona RFP will ultimately look like.
ADHS is hosting a mental health first aid (MHFA) course for parents and people who interact with youth and young adults. MHFA is much like CPR or other forms of first aid for physical health conditions - you will learn skills and techniques to provide aid to a young person experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health challenge.
The next course is on February 25, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:30pm and some seats are still available!
This class is free of charge.
Where : Arizona Department of Health Services at 150 N. 18th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007
(Rooms 215A & 215B)
To register for this class: http://bit.ly/1eKrovu
To view additional classes coming up in the Capitol area: http://bit.ly/1nqFbGJ
To view all classes coming up statewide: www.mentalhealthfirstaidaz.com
On Monday a Superior Court Judge denied a motion to stay the transition of the Maricopa County RBHA from Magellan to Mercy Maricopa. That transition is scheduled for 4/1/2014 and it now looks like it will happen according to schedule. Magellan still has the opportunity to appeal the decision and excercise their due process in the matter however the department will continue to move forward with the transition that is now down to just over 40 days away.
Our Mental Health First Aid class taking place tomorrow, Feb. 12 in Tucson, still has some seats available! This is a free course and anyone interested in attending please register here.
We also have a MHFA class for adults who work with young people coming up on February 25, in the Phoenix Capitol area, register here. Download the flyer for this class and share with those you love: Mental Health First Aid Training Flyer.
For additional classes throughout the state go to www.mentalhealthfirstaidaz.com.
By attending a MHFA class you will learn to assist persons with a behavioral health need. MHFA is much like CPR or other forms of first aid for physical health conditions – the concepts are simple and easy to learn that you be able to apply them soon after completing this short certification training.
We continue to work daily in the Division of Behavioral Health to make sure the transition from Magellan to Mercy Maricopa is smooth and that there is no gap in service for members. We meet weekly with both Magellan and Mercy Maricopa to review all aspects of the transition and both parties have been extremely professional and member focused throughout the process. With less than 60 days to go until the “go live” date for Mercy Maricopa we are comfortable that everything is proceeding according to schedule. As I have indicated in previous posts, one of the greatest resources we have in Arizona is the people committed to working in the behavioral health system and the peer, provider and RBHA level. We have been focusing more each day on making sure that many of these talented individuals remain in the system so we don’t lose their passion, creativity and commitment. Mercy Maricopa and Magellan have collaboratively worked to help individuals transfer from one entity to the other when the position, skill set and timing are all in alignment. Our Division is continuing to encourage that collaborative approach. For those individuals that have not had a chance to see what is available at Mercy Maricopa you can find the information on their website by clicking on “Careers” in the upper right hand corner. As we continue to move toward our new RBHA here in Maricopa County I encourage you to check back often or follow our blog and website to keep up with the latest happenings.
We will be conducting live twitter chats today and tomorrow during the
Registration for this training is now closed but you can join the live chat!
To follow it on twitter use the hashtag: #arnoldsarn
Agenda for the live chat (9 am -noon & 1 pm – 4 pm each day):
February 5th Morning Session – ACT Teams
February 5th Afternoon Session – Supported Housing
February 6th Morning Session – Supportive Employment
February 6th Afternoon Session – Peer and Family Services
If you are new to this information, you may want to view our previoius blog posts about the Maricopa County RBHA (GSA6) Update.
On April 1, 2014, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care will begin serving our members as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County. What does this mean to our members? What steps do they need to take? Where do they call if have questions? Please see below:
- View member’s video about the integrated care (also referred as whole health care) approach: English [Spanish].
- Learn key facts about this model of care.
Sleep is one of the many things we have to balance in our lives. Work, school, or other daily activities can be stressful to begin with and not getting enough rest at night only adds to the stress we take on day to day. As most people work extended hours, work from home and some even work two jobs, sleep is sometimes put second, third or not made a priority at all in our busy lives. Yet it’s so vital to our overall wellbeing. Sleep allows our bodies and brain to heal, function and deal with daily tasks. It’s important to get adequate sleep each night to keep our minds and bodies healthy – yes, sleep can impact both your physical and mental health! To find tips on how to get the sleep you need and watch a video on Sleep and work please click here.