HB 2084 Expedites Access to Court-Ordered Mental Health Treatment Services for American Indians

Arizona CapitolThe 53rd Arizona Legislature unanimously passed, and Governor Ducey signed into law, a bill that will expedite American Indians’ access to court-ordered treatment when there is no appropriate treatment facility on tribal land.

HB 2084 allows mental health treatment facilities outside of tribal service areas to admit tribal members for court-ordered treatment, pending the filing and domestication of a tribal court’s involuntary commitment order in a Superior Court. In order to comply with the provisions of HB 2084, the tribal court’s order for involuntary treatment must be filed by the close of business the next day the Superior Court is open following admission of the member. If the order is not filed in accordance with HB 2084, the member must be discharged back to the jurisdiction of the tribal court.

The legislation is expected to create efficiencies within the behavioral health and justice systems and to expedite American Indians’ access to behavioral health services when they are most in need. Governor Ducey signed HB 2084 on March 29, 2017, and it will become effective ninety days following the end of the legislative session.

Read more about HB 2084 at azleg.gov.

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AHCCCS Tribal Consultation Meeting To Be Held April 20

San Carlos Apache Health Care facility
San Carlos Apache Health Care facility

AHCCCS invites Arizona’s tribal members to a tribal consultation meeting to be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20 on the San Carlos Apache Nation. Leaders from AHCCCS and San Carlos Apache Health Services will present at the meeting. Agenda topics include: Home and Community Based Services, the 2018 integrated contractor request for proposal, HB-2084 legislation regarding tribal court involuntary treatment and more.

WHEN:  Thurs., April 20, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
WHERE: San Carlos Apache Health Care (SCAHC) Admininstrative building, Triplett Conference Room, 103 E. Medicine Way, Peridot, AZ 85542

See the AHCCCS Tribal Consultation 2017 meeting schedule and past tribal consultation meeting agendas and minutes.

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Tribal Legislative Day Next Wednesday

The Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations is hosting the annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day next Wednesday, January 11th. From 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, those interested are invited to attend the free event at the Arizona State Capitol.

The Office on Tribal Relations, in cooperation with representatives from the state’s Indian nations, extends this opportunity to pay tribute to the history and culture of the American Indian peoples and their contributions to the prosperity and cultural diversity of Arizona. As sovereign nations, Tribal Nations and Communities are relevant and major contributors to local economies and share a unique government-to-government relationship with the State of Arizona and the United States federal government.
For more information:

http://gotr.azgovernor.gov/gotr/indian-nations-and-tribes-legislative-day

To register, visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-indian-nations-and-tribes-legislative-day-tickets-29285623087

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