Sleep and Mental Health

January 28th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan 1 comment »

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.

Helping the Homeless

January 24th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

We can all do our share to help those in need.  People without a home, for example, can use your help at any time of the year!    

Last week, for example, several colleagues from the Division attended a meeting in Cottonwood, Arizona and got to visit The Loft – a homeless outreach center for Verde Valley’s chronically homeless.   They learned that:

The Loft’s greatest needs currently include…
  • Size 30-32 pants for men
  • A regular volunteer on Thursdays to help organize the clothing room when the center is closed to visitors.
  • Financial donations so they can expand the services they provide.

To provide donations or learn more about the Loft, contact Janet Conchy at or 928-634-4254.

Below are some highlights our colleagues shared with us and would like to share with you too:

“Officials at The Loft, which is supported by Catholic Charities but run entirely by volunteers, say there are 65 chronically homeless adults living in Verde Valley. The Loft has more than 3400 visits annually by these and other individuals in need.

The Loft is an unassuming second story building. Upon entering, it is easy to see how every inch of space is in great use. Bookshelves hold not only media, but clean towels, laundry detergent and canned food. Those who come to The Loft may take a shower, do laundry, select items from the clothing room and have a warm meal – when a volunteer has brought in something to share. They can also meet with volunteers to apply for copies of birth certificates, social security cards and other documents that help in securing benefits and permanent housing.

The Loft sees 20 individuals a day, four days a week. They are funded by the community and Catholic Charities. The veterans who visit The Loft may have been referred through DBHS’s PATH program.”  –Danelle, Kelli, & Adam

About PATH:

The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program is supported by funding dedicated  to reaching some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It delivers essential services, leverages significant State and local resources, and marshals a creative network of human service organizations to improve the mental health and well-being of people who are chronically homeless and have serious mental illnesses.  Funds are also used to provide outreach, screening & diagnostic services, referrals to behavioral health providers, emergency assistance, case management and assistance for transition to the traditional behavioral health system.  You can learn more about our PATH program at our website at

How much sleep do I need?

January 22nd, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Do you ever wonder how much sleep you need each night? …Or how many hours of sleep your little ones need to get through their day? It’s important that we get the amount of sleep our body needs to function properly throughout our day and also to avoid causing our bodies extra stress that could lead to major health problems.

Below are the recommended amounts of sleep we need each night:

Newborns 16–18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9–10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day

To learn more about sleep and its impact on your mental health, check out the new educational handout on Sleep Hygiene and Mental Health that is now available.

For additional information about sleep hours, visit CDC’s website.

SAMHSA fidelity tools training in Phoenix

January 15th, 2014 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

In conjunction with the exit agreement for Arnold v. Sarn, ADHS is providing Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) fidelity tool training to those in the community who are interested. The training, February 4-6 at the State Lab (250 N 17th Ave, Phoenix) will focus on: ACT teams, Supported Housing, Supportive Employment and Peer and Family Services.

Our subject matter expert from SAMHSA, David Lynde, will be leading these trainings. Continuing education credits and certificates of participation will be offered to those who attend.

Seating is limited but we encourage you to share this with your colleagues; please register as soon as possible for this event, by sending an email entitled: SAMSHA Fidelity Training to with includes the following information:

First Name

Last Name

Job Title:


Phone Number:

Organization Name

Organization Address

Which training/s you would like to attend; in order of preference:

               February 4th noon- 4 pm – Kickoff

               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

 An email will be sent confirming registration and sessions you will be attending.

Historic Arnold vs. Sarn Agreement Reached

January 8th, 2014 by Cory Nelson No comments »

The Governor today announced a final agreement has been reached in the Arnold vs. Sarn case regarding care and services for individuals with serious mental illness.  Litigation that commenced in 1981, the settlement ends a more than three-decade long lawsuit against the state and establishes a blueprint for a successful community-based behavioral health system in Arizona.

The agreement announced today calls for us to use national quality standards outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to create the services needed by the public. Some of those services include supported employment and housing, family and peer support systems and crisis services.  We’ve been incorporating these standards into our current treatment system.

The agreement also calls for an independent contractor that will do service capacity assessments to make sure individuals with Serious Mental Illness have the services they need.  There will be an opportunity for people to comment on the agreement before a judge makes the final ruling.  Once finalized the agreement will end the Arnold vs. Sarn lawsuit that was filed in 1981.



Underage drinking snowballs during December

December 27th, 2013 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Graph showing number of adolescents first using alcohol on an average day, by month: 9,556 in January, 4,940 in February, 5,492 in March, 5,415 in April, 5,892 in May, 11,123 in June, 11,596 in July, 7,982 in August, 6,148 in September, 6,524 in October, 7,337 in November, and 11,432 in December.

This infographic, produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, shows that on an average December day, nearly 11,500 12- to 17-year-olds start drinking alcohol. The number of new users per day reaches similar peaks in June and July. For all other months, the average is between 5,000 and 8,000 new users per day.

Click here for alcohol related facts and tips for healthy holiday celebrations.

Are you a parent? Click here for texts that parents can send their children to help remind them not to drink.

View the infographic on full screen:


Safe, Healthy, Happy Holidays

December 24th, 2013 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Safety and taking safety precautions is often the last thing in our minds during holiday celebrations.  This is also true for food handling. Bacteria and pathogens can quickly multiply and cause foodborne illness when food safety is not a priority. 

Sadly great celebrations are often tainted due to poor food handling. Don’t become a victim – see our article in the December issue of Recovery WORKS  about Cooking Safely During the Holidays (page 3).    

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Healthy, Happy Holiday Season!

Alcohol-free Holiday Celebrations

December 19th, 2013 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

The alcohol free holiday celebrations challenge is on! We’ll be printing your success stories in our next issue of Recovery WORKS quarterly newsletter. Please email us your story to, and include any pictures if you wish.

Here is a handout with some tips you can use to say no to alcohol or how to keep it safe if you choose to drink.

Here are some tips to help you lead an alcohol-free celebration:

  1. Make it about your guests and your time together! You can do this by encouraging fun conversations and group activities.
  2. Play a variety of games that do not focus on alcohol.
  3. Include activities that encourage movement and interaction such as dancing.
  4. Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
  5. Have a contest for sharing non-alcoholic drink recipes!
  6. Avoid too much of salty foods that make people overly thirsty.


USDA announced its support for mental health in rural areas

December 13th, 2013 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

Recently USDA announced that it will be investing $50 Million to increase access to mental health care in rural areas over the next three years.

The funding will be used for the construction, expansion, or equipping of rural mental health facilities and will be provided through the Community Facilities direct loan program.

To learn about this program visit USDA’s website on community facilities direct loans.

Next Stop On the Due Process Trail

December 11th, 2013 by Claudia Sloan No comments »

As mentioned in this blog last week, the ADOA recently affirmed our award of the Maricopa County integrated behavioral health services contract to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and lifted the Stay on transition activities. The Order from ADOA marked one more step in the process of implementing an integrated care model for persons living with a serious mental illness in Maricopa County. 

Magellan elected to exercise their right to additional due process this week by filing a Motion in the Superior Court (LC2013-000624-001), asking for additional review of our and ADOA’s decision- and urging the court to Stay the transition until the review is complete.  In the mean-time, we’ll continue to work with Magellan in the day to day management of the current contract as well as continue to work with both Magellan and MMIC on more than 100 transition activities.