Thank you!

July 20th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The Division of Behavioral Health Services blog, along with others at ADHS, is being streamlined into Director Cara Christ’s blog.

Dr. Christ will have items about DBHS as they come up.

Thank you for reading!

Monthly Support Group in Prescott

July 15th, 2015 by admin No comments »

path-to-hopeThe Senior Suicide Prevention Coalition of Prescott hosts a monthly circle to encourage peers – elders in the community who may be feeling isolated, hopeless or depressed. The Path to Hope Circle gathers from 1-2:30 pm, the second Tuesday monthly, at St. Luke’s Church in Prescott.

The independent peer support group is facilitated, and is free to anyone interested.

For more information, call Terri Roza: 928-445-5211 ext. 2672

White Mountain Apache to Host Suicide Prevention Conference

July 14th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The White Mountain Apache tribe is hosting the “Celebrate Life Because it is Precious” conference, August 19th at the Hondah Conference Center in Show Low, Arizona.

Registration for the event is free, and pre-registration is requested. For more information, please contact Novalene Goklish:

Bowen Named CEO of Arizona State Hospital

July 8th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

Aaron Bowen, PsyD, has been named chief executive officer at the Arizona State Hospital. Bowen most recently worked as an assistant director of quality management and integration for the Division of Behavioral Health at ADHS.

He is a licensed clinical psychologist and previously worked for Magellan Health Services of Arizona. Bowen was named interim-CEO of the state hospital in June, where he and his team have focused on quality management and compliance.



Kevin Hines to Speak on Suicide Prevention

July 7th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »


At 9 am- noon, Saturday, July 18th, Kevin Hines will share his story on attempting suicide and surviving. Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, and bestselling author who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have.

Kevin will share his 10 steps for ‘living mentally well’.  In order to be self-aware and cognizant of his mental wellness, Kevin has developed a 10 step regimen to stay on track and monitor the signs of falling off track.  Some of these steps include sleep routine, proper nutrition, etc. Kevin shares clinical studies that prove why these are important to maintain wellness for everyone, not just those with a diagnosed mental illness. Audiences come away with a knowledge of how to build their own toolkit for maintaining their mental wellness, as well as the wellness of their loved ones.

The event will take place at 550 N. 3rd St, NHI2 110, Phoenix. The workshop, including breakfast costs $75. ASU faculty, staff and students receive a 50% discount. A limited number of scholarships are also available.


For more information about Hines, visit:

To register, or for information, email:


Provider Profile: COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center (CLIC)

July 6th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center, or CLIC, is located at 732 N. Stone Avenue near downtown Tucson.  The hours of operation are Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center serves the community through a calendar of wellness activities that aim to help members balance the body, mind and spirit which promotes a life full of recovery and well-being.

CLIC staff work at assisting members in improving their health status by offering classes, groups and one-on-one appointments aimed at addressing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular concerns. An active combination of health education, mentoring, fun, and wellness options create an environment that fosters a sense of community and support for each person to meet their wellness goals.

They have a high energy workout room with: a speed bike, a recumbent bike, Elliptical machines, treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, Olympic weight set, and additional workout equipment. The COPE Lifestyle Improvement Center also has a Zen meeting area where members are encouraged to attend one of our multiple yoga, mindfulness or meditation groups. CLIC hosts healthy cooking demo classes in our kitchen area. A computer lab is available from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. A snack is served every day at 3:00 pm.

COPE enrolled members receive a free membership that gives them full access to services at the CLIC site. They believe being healthy is a family affair and encourage our COPE members to bring their family and friends to participate in services with them at no charge.  Community memberships can be purchased at a rate of $3 per day, $20 per month or $50 for a three month period. Everyone is welcome at CLIC and we take pride in serving Tucson as a Community Center.

For more information, email: Erica Beca:

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Moving

June 25th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans will be moving July 1 to: 1500 E. Thomas Road, Suite 106, Phoenix, 85014.

The Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) for homeless veteran services is open from Monday-Friday, 7:30 am -4:30 pm. The new location is just a few feet from a bus stop, and 2.2 miles south of the main Veteran Affairs hospital in Phoenix.

The services provided include:

  • A daily shuttle to and from the VA
  • Eligibility verification and registration
  • Clothing and hygiene program
  • Outreach and assessment for all healthcare and housing needs
  • Peer support
  • Employment services
  • Medical care
  • Substance abuse services

For more information, call: 602-248-6040


New Suicide Prevention Guide For Emergency Room Providers

June 25th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) recently released Caring for Adult Patients with Suicide Risk: A Consensus Guide for Emergency Departments to equip health care professionals who provide clinical care in emergency departments (ED) with resources to care for adults patients at risk of suicide. ED providers are often the initial and only providers administering care to those at risk for suicide.

This guide provides evidence-based practices in decision support, initial interventions, and discharge planning for adults who have been identified as having some risk of suicide. ED health care professionals are in a unique position to improve outcomes and facilitate a safer discharge for patients with suicide risk by conducting brief interventions with patients, onsite mental health consultations, and linkages to follow-up care. According to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), ED-based interventions could reduce annual deaths from suicide by as much as 20%.

“It is imperative that the care of a patient with suicide risk extend beyond a visit to the emergency room,” says Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, director of SPRC and vice president at Education Development Center, Inc. “EDs are a first line of defense in the care of adult patients at risk for suicide. The ED Guide provides the tools to facilitate effective linkages from EDs to other more appropriate settings of care, with the potential of saving thousands of lives each year.”

Studies indicate that the risk of a suicide attempt or death is highest within the first 30 days after discharge from an ED or inpatient psychiatric unit. Yet for many reasons, up to 70% of patients who leave the ED after a suicide attempt never attend their first outpatient appointment. (Knesper, 2010).

The ED Guide was funded by SAMHSA. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that 1.3 million adults aged 18 or older (0.6 percent) attempted suicide in the past year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 41,000 individuals died by suicide in 2013. Suicides are the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

Free Youth Leadership Event Friday

June 22nd, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (ACIA), in partnership with National Relief Charities, extends an invitation to tribal youth and other youth age 12-18 to participate in a one-day workshop focused on leadership and civic engagement. The free event will take place from 8 am to 4:30, Friday, June 26th at Yavapai College — 1100 E. Sheldon St. Prescott, AZ 86301. Registration is required. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


The purpose of this day is to continue the important dialogue established the NYK Forum at the 20th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day to engage the talent, intelligence and energy of Arizona’s Native Youth. The goal was to engage youth in a dialogue about public safety and identify youth focused sustainable opportunities to address public safety concerns affecting their respective tribal communities.

This invitation is not limited to members of tribal youth councils as any youth (ages 12-18) are welcome to attend.  Contact Kristine Firethunder  at 602.542.4421 or email

Suicide Prevention Event Canceled

June 15th, 2015 by Kelli Donley No comments »

The suicide prevention event for educators and interfaith leaders, hosted at the University of Arizona this Thursday from 9-2 pm, has been canceled. To be notified of future suicide prevention events, please email: