News & Events

Marine Corps Vet Assists the Homeless

Glendale Republic Article; Glendale, AZ

Former Marine Corps infantry veteran Paul Buttermore serves as a Program Director for Southwest Behavioral & Health Services' Community Resilience division. He works with members of the Phoenix community who are often underserved, homeless and seriously mentally ill. In this role, he also helps veterans find a voice and achieve independence by assisting them with basic needs.

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Programs Help House the Homeless

West Valley View Article; Goodyear, AZ

Near the beginning of each year, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) sponsors a Point in Time event, with scores of volunteers taking to the streets to count “unsheltered” homeless people. Eddie Thompson was one of them. Eddie shared his story, the support he has received from community programs, and his plan to start classes at Southwest Behavioral, sit down with a psychologist, and figure out how to deal with problems in the past so he won’t be out on the streets.

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Raising Arizona Kids September Digital Issue - Southwest Autism Center of Excellence

Raising Arizona Kids Feature; Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Autism Center of Excellence was one of many community resources featured in the September digital issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine; this "Special Needs Resources" issue includes a directory of resources offering help for children with learning differences and resources for families with disabled or medically fragile children, as well as tips for what parents can do to get help for children who are struggling in school.

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When it Comes to Mental Health, Race Matters

Peoria Independent Article; Peoria, AZ

Ed McClelland, SB&H's VP Community Services, shares his 30 years of experience in the community behavioral health industry; the struggles he has seen that individuals and family members go through when faced with mental illness challenges; witnessing people overcome great odds and come out on the other side of what might be considered the worst time of their lives; having the privilege of working with and caring for individuals from a variety of ethnic communities; and that when it comes to mental health, race matters.

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Trends in Telemedicine

Psychology Today Article; New York City, NY

Rocksheng Zhong, MD, SB&H Northern Arizona Medical Director, discusses the pros and cons of the sudden elevation of telepsychiatry due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from a niche practice to the standard way of providing behavioral healthcare.

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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Names Bob Sanowski Vice President of Information Technology

Arizona Health and Living Article; Phoenix, AZ

Bob Sanowski has been named vice president of information technology at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health. Sanowski will be responsible for planning and implementing the information technology and digital innovation future of SB&H, as well as for the maintenance and upgrade of existing systems. He will also leverage technology to advance and support the growing needs of the organization and the communities it serves.

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Wonder Women: Leaders Making a Difference at Work, Home and the Community

North Valley Magazine Article; Phoenix, AZ

Lynda Riford, SB&H Marketing Director, was featured in a collection of profiles highlighting several local female business leaders, how they got to where they are today, and how they are each making a difference in Phoenix by carving their own path.

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Receiving Help From the 'CARES' Act

Arizona's Family 3TV CBS5 Video; Phoenix, AZ

Deborah Woodard, VP Community Resilience, joined Good Morning Arizona on AZ Family Channel 3 to talk about available CARES Act funding to help solve housing instability issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for those with HIV/AIDS, and how SB&H’s HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS) program can help.

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CARES Act Helps Housing Issues for Those With HIV/AIDS Amid COVID-19

KTAR News Article; Phoenix, AZ

Funds are still available to help solve housing instability issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for those with HIV/AIDS, according to Southwest Behavioral & Health Services in Phoenix. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization received $100,000 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act back in May to help assist with short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance requests.

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SB&H Names Erica Missicano VP of Compliance and Risk Management

AZ Big Media Article; Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, an innovative leader in behavioral health, today announced that effective immediately, Erica Missicano has joined the organization as vice president of compliance and risk management. Missicano will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s risk management and compliance departments and ensuring that all procedures, protocols and strategies are fully implemented to protect SB&H and its assets. She will also promote a culture of risk awareness and accountability.

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