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February 7, 2019

Ashoor Rasho has spent more than half his life alone in a prison cell in Illinois — 22 to 24 hours a day. The cell was so narrow he could reach his arms out and touch both walls at once.

“It was pretty broke down — the whole system, the way they treated us,” says the 43-year-old Rasho, who has been diagnosed with several mental health conditions, including severe depression, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.

Rasho says little things would trigger him, Read More

    Tucson mental health providers owed millions in unpaid claims after chaotic transition

    By Emily Bregel Arizona Daily Star Jan 28, 2019

    Jansen Azarias, CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit Higher Ground, says he almost had to shut down his small behavioral health agency after it didn’t receive any payments under the new AHCCCS payment structure for 100 days.Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

    Despite months of preparation, the behavioral health care system in Southern Arizona is once again going through a chaotic transition that’s resulted in millions in unpaid claims to Tucson provider agencies, putting Read More

    How My Depression Made Me A Better State Representative
    By Michael Schlossberg | Dec. 17, 2018

    When I first told the world I suffered from a major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I miscalculated. I was angry at the time, and I didn’t realize it would actually have a positive impact on me and the people I represent.

    I’m a full-time elected official. I have the great privilege of serving as a Pennsylvania State Representative for the people of the 132nd Legislative District, representing parts of Allentown and South Read More

    Training The Community To Recognize And Respond To Crises
    By John Giampaolo | Dec. 20, 2018

    As a child, I watched my brother struggle for years. Mental health simply wasn’t a topic discussed much in the 1970s and 1980s, and my parents had few resources to turn to for help. I was 21 years old when my brother took his life; I understand firsthand what families go through and the impact of losing a loved one to suicide.

    It’s what led me to my current role, working with organizations in Read More

    By Caitlin Schmidt Arizona Daily Star

    Mental-health and substance-use treatment are on their way for low-level offenders who otherwise might fall through the cracks, thanks to nearly $3 million in federal grant money awarded to the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

    The Attorney’s Office is launching a misdemeanor problem-solving court that will provide mental-health and substance-use treatment, along with a battery of other services, for high-risk or high-need defendants.

    There hasn’t previously been a way to provide drug treatment and services to people arrested Read More

    By Maria Dale

    Arizona’s Medicaid program is teaming up with the state’s Department of Education to offer mental health training to educators.

    “Part of the goal that we’re trying to accomplish here is reducing the stigma around mental health issues,” said Tracey Sridharan, director of professional learning and sustainability at the Arizona Department of Education.

    Teachers will be trained to recognize the biological effects of trauma and how it can impact a student’s mental health.

    “It is really easy for folks in Read More

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