The Front Porch Article; Surprise, AZ
We have all witnessed what appears to be an individual having a meltdown. The individual is stressed, and the caregiver or person providing support feels overwhelmed. As a bystander and well-meaning person, you may want to offer a helping hand. but there may be more to the situation than meets the eye. For an individual with autism, things like sensory overload, audience or the environment may further impact their behavior. Knowing these few tips can mean the difference between helping or making an already stressful situation worse.
Arizona Health and Living Article; Phoenix, AZ
Southwest Autism Center of Excellence (SACE) is celebrating its 5-year anniversary with a Fall Festival. SACE is a program of Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), a non-profit organization. SACE is asking the community for monetary donations, prizes and silent auction items where proceeds will benefit SACE programming and services. Donations can be dropped off by Oct. 15 at the SACE Osborn location at 3329 E. Osborn Phoenix, AZ 85013.
Payson Roundup Article; Payson, AZ
Every night from 4 to 6:30 p.m. the Payson Homeless and Veterans Homeless Initiative offers a hot dinner, clothing, and a shower. In cold weather or during a natural disaster, the center has sleeping accommodations too. Imagine living on the street and in the forest in the snow and cold. The Warming Center exists to help anyone in crisis. Christine Krauss, who is part of the crisis team out of SB&H, was one of the partners involved in the initial planning and creation of the center.
Epic Kids Magazine Article; Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Valley Program Director Christine Hayes appeared in an Epic Kids Magazine Career Day profile, sharing facts about her job and advice to youth who want to pursue a similar career.
Mohave Valley Daily News Article; Bullhead City, AZ
As a new nationwide hotline for mental health crises becomes available, the Bullhead City Police Department is preparing to debut its own crisis intervention program. Dubbed BACCUP — short for Bullhead Area Community Crisis Unification Program — the intervention program aims to assist officers responding to mental health emergencies. The team could refer subjects to facilities such as Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (or take them there if the person in question is already in treatment), or take them to the hospital.
Arizona Daily Sun Article; Flagstaff, AZ
Hope Lives, a nonprofit organization, opened in northern Arizona in 2014, and it has helped hundreds of people since then with serious mental illness (SMI) diagnoses, substance abuse disorders, and criminal histories to find support and resources to maintain their overall wellness. In doing so, the organization has partnered with the local superior and municipal courts, and works closely with the mental health court. All of the program members at Hope Lives have been referred from behavioral health homes, including Southwest Behavioral and Health Services, The Guidance Center and the Northern Arizona Center for Addiction (NACA).
Patch.com Article; Phoenix, AZ
For more than 20 years, Arizona State University has recognized top contributors to Arizona's behavioral health community. At the 23rd Annual Summer Institute Behavioral Health Awards Gala held last month in Flagstaff, Arizona, the School of Social Work posthumously honored Dr. Bob Bohanske with its Legacy Award, in recognition of his lifelong career as a behavioral health leader.
Phoenix Business Journal Article; Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Business Journal wrangled up some of the Valley's best and brightest young leaders for its annual 40 Under 40 awards. The awards program recognizes fast-track executives in the region who are making major strides in their careers while leaving positive impacts on the community. This class of honorees, who work across many sectors, was selected by a panel of judges from 333 applicants.
Daily Independent Article; Phoenix, AZ
Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, an innovative integrated health leader, announced it has appointed Barbara Firminger to its board of directors. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of operational and healthcare leadership experience, Firminger has held various strategic roles for nonprofit and for-profit healthcare organizations.
inBusiness Article; Phoenix, AZ
Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, (SB&H), a leader in integrated health, announced that the organization received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for health and human services that evaluates the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.