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Dec
22

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich Announces Funding to Combat Effects of Opioid Crisis

KTAR News Article; Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced this week that his office awarded about $4 million in grant funding to combat the effects of the opioid crisis. Over $1.7 million will be spread across eight different programs in the state’s two biggest counties, Maricopa and Pima, and support close to 14,000 individuals, according to a press release Tuesday.

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Dec
13

Mental Health Survival Tips for the Holiday Season

Payson Roundup Article; Payson, AZ

The holiday season can be joyous, but it can also be stressful. It’s supposed to be a time of fun and excitement, but for many, it’s just busy and overwhelming. If you or someone you love struggles with mental health and feels overwhelmed by the looming holiday season, try these tips from Edward O'Brien, Vice President of Northern Arizona Operations, to minimize triggers so you can preserve the holiday season and safeguard your mental health.

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Dec
7

SB&H Celebrates Employee of the Year Awards

Patch.com Article; Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative integrated health leader, hosted the organization’s Employee of the Year Awards at a formal dinner at The Chart House in Scottsdale. Awards were presented to SB&H employees representing all departments that went above and beyond in fulfilling the organization’s mission and values.

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Nov
14

One Pill Can Kill: The Fentanyl Crisis Facing Yavapai County's Youth

Kidz Zone Magazine Article; Yavapai County, AZ

Being a kid can come with its own stressors like less-than-ideal family life, poor school performance or navigating a toxic social circle of bullying or worse. These factors can lead them to look for “the great escape” in the world of alcohol or drugs. Yavapai County’s youth are no different. Unfortunately, the highly-addictive fentanyl is a drug of choice in Arizona that is fairly easy to get for anyone wanting that escape.

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Nov
13

Packed House Honors Winners of CFO of the Year Awards

AZ Big Media Article; Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona chapter president of Financial Executives International (FEI) honored some of Arizona’s best and brightest financial leaders at the 14th Annual CFO of the Year Awards on November 10th at Chateau Luxe. A total of 25 of the most impactful CFOs in Arizona were selected as finalists for the 2022 CFO of the Year Awards. SB&H's CFO/CAO Mike Fett was among the finalists in the Not-for-Profit category.

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Nov
7

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Hires Heather Cunha

AZ Big Media Article; Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative integrated health leader, announced it has appointed Heather Cunha as Chief People Officer. An industry leader with more than 20 years of people experience, Cunha has managed a diverse group of teams and programs and has held her last five positions at the executive level. Cunha’s specialties include strategic planning, employee and union relations, and human resources development.

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Nov
4

Ghouls, Ghosts & Dinosaurs Rocking Out on Halloween

Payson Roundup Article; Payson, AZ

Hundreds of people turned out for Payson's Trunk or Treat celebration of Halloween on Monday, October 31st at Rumsey Park, including a couple of dancing dinosaurs. The event drew cops, mental health providers, the Humane Society and all manner of ghouls and goblins mingling with superheroes, cartoon characters, wizards and fairy princesses.

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Nov
1

CUSD Takes New Steps on Student Mental Health

East Valley Tribune Article; Mesa, AZ

After months of student-led criticism for how it’s handling mental health issues, the Chandler Unified Governing Board took steps to address the issue. The board approved contracts with three firms to provide mental health services for students. They will also provide support for the district’s mental health professionals and parents.The firms are The Hope Institute of America, LLC; Lighthouse Wellhealth; and Southwest Behavioral & Health Services.

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Oct
30

Southwest Autism Center of Excellence: 5-Year Anniversary & Fall Festival

KDUS Radio Segment; Phoenix, AZ

Since October 2017, Southwest Autism Center of Excellence (SACE) has been supporting individuals with autism and their families. The organization's mission is to provide families faced with Autism Spectrum Disorder with whole-health care. SACE is a hub that provides advanced coordination of care, specialized services that drive holistic outcomes, family and member advocacy, and community. This year marks the 5-year anniversary. Kellie Bynum, SACE Program Director, joined Kayla Mortellaro on Valley Focus to provide information about SACE, the anniversary, and its recently held 1st Annual Fall Festival (interview at 18:40 - 29:00).

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Oct
9

Opinion: When Parents Should Worry About Social Media

Ahwatukee Foothills News Article; Ahwatukee, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services partners with school districts to place behavioral health professionals and clinicians directly on school campuses, increasing access to care. These professionals are trained in providing counseling services to children and helping parents understand the warning signs of problematic social media use and suicide. If your children are active on social media, keep an eye out for the adverse effects so you can detect a mental health concern and prevent harm before it’s too late.

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