conferenceSeveral staff from the Division attended and conducted presentations at the annual summer institute held by ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.  This is the largest local conference for behavioral health professionals.  This conference was originally created by our Behavioral Health Division in collaboration with ASU 15 years ago.

Today, it continues to provide professional development and continuing education opportunities in addition to networking and updates of the latest industry trends.  This year’s theme was “Resiliency and Whole Health,” and it offered various workshops on recovery, integrated care, and related evidence-based practices.  Sessions included “Lessons Learned from Behavioral Health RFPs” presented by Cory Nelson, along with Victoria Navarra, who leads the program that coordinates the work for the RFPs, and Claudia Sloan, who led the communications strategies for the RFPs.

Another interesting session was: “SBIRT – A Step into Integrated Care” and was presented by NARBHA but received support developing and preparing for the presentation from Alexandra O’Hannon, our contact lead for the SBIRT initiative.  “Healthy Living: Implementation of Stanford’s CDSMP in Behavioral Health” was presented by Claudia Sloan along with partners from the Arizona Living Well Institute and NARBHA.

Kelli Donley, who has been project-managing our exit from the historical Arnold vs. Sarn suit presented “Arnold v. Sarn and the Implementation of SAMHSA Fidelity Tools in Maricopa County”.  Our staff also collaborated with ASU during the planning for this year’s town-hall which focused on the needs of vulnerable adolescents and young adults.  Thanks to all of you that helped make this year’s Summer Institute a success again.