AHCCCS Employees Write To End Stigma

Doctors Nirbhay Singh, Jack Barber, and Scott Van Sant dreamed of a handbook for clinicians, to navigate the maze of behavioral health treatments for individuals with a serious mental illness. They hoped this book would create a “blueprint for enhancing and transforming recovery-oriented services in inpatient psychiatry.”

The dream was realized last month, when the Handbook of Recovery in Inpatient Psychiatry was published. The book includes a chapter authored by two AHCCCS employees, and the employees of two local provider agencies. Chapter 16, Recovery and Stigma, was authored by Kathy Bashor and Susan Junck in the AHCCCS Office of individual and Family Affairs, along with Colleen McGregor of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Cheryl Anderson of Marc Community Resources.

The book discusses the idea of recovery from mental illnesses, recovery-oriented treatments, self-advocacy and stigma. The four came together to author the chapter in collaboration of shared passions to end stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

Congratulations to our authors!


Town Hall to Discuss Native American Benefits in Arizona

From 7 am-5 pm, next Thursday, October 13th, veterans and family members are invited to attend the Arizona American Indian Town Hall and Benefits Presentation, hosted by the Governor’s Office, the Department of Veteran Services, the Arizona Coalition for Military  Families and the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

The event will take place at the We-Ko-Pa Resort: 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell, Arizona 85264.

To register, visit: https://americanindiantownhall.eventbrite.com, or call Kristine Firethunder: 602-542-4426


September is Suicide Prevention Month

In 2015, more than 1300 Arizonans died by suicide. Stakeholders in Arizona are coming together during the next few weeks to have more conversations about what can be done to prevent suicide. Events include:


The majority of those who died by suicide in Arizona, and nationally, are Caucasian males aged 65 and older. Guns and prescription drugs are the most common means. If you or someone you love is considering suicide, please call: 1-800-273-8255. Together, we can prevent suicide!