From the 14th annual summer institute held by ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy:
The Division partnered this year with ASU to conduct a town hall conversation with Summer Institute attendees on the topic of behavioral and primary care integration and design elements for the next greater Arizona RFP (greater Arizona encompasses every County in the state other than Maricopa County).
The town hall was moderated by Dr. Michael S. Shafer, Professor at the School of Social Work and Director for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at ASU. Representatives from the Division participated and facilitated the conversation. They included Cory Nelson, Deputy Director, Victoria Navarra, Program Administrator for the Office of Health Care Development, and Kristin Frounfelker, Assistant Deputy Director (who also represented AHCCCS during this forum).
Over 330 people participated in the town hall – providers from both public and private entities, RBHAs and TRBHAs representatives, city, state and county leadership, members and family members, educational institutions’ representatives, jails/corrections representatives and many others.
Unlike previous year’s town hall meetings at the summer institute, this year’s was not a panel presentation but rather a two-way conversation to obtain recommendations from the audience.
This is only one of many other opportunities that are being planned for Arizonans to provide input into the public behavioral health system. Stay tuned following this blog to learn about those opportunities when available. Note: you can subscribe to this blog to receive emails every time there’s a new! If you wish to subscribe click here.