Tribal Legislative Day Next Wednesday

The Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations is hosting the annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day next Wednesday, January 11th. From 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, those interested are invited to attend the free event at the Arizona State Capitol.

The Office on Tribal Relations, in cooperation with representatives from the state’s Indian nations, extends this opportunity to pay tribute to the history and culture of the American Indian peoples and their contributions to the prosperity and cultural diversity of Arizona. As sovereign nations, Tribal Nations and Communities are relevant and major contributors to local economies and share a unique government-to-government relationship with the State of Arizona and the United States federal government.
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Walk Scheduled for Suicide Survivors

Community members and leaders will walk to support survivors of suicide, Saturday, February 11th at the 11th Annual Jeremyah Memorial 5k. The walk is for survivors of suicide, friends, family members, and the general community to honor loved ones who have died by suicide. Also, it raises awareness for suicide prevention.

The event will be held at Kiwanis Park in Tempe at the Ruben Romero Corporate Ramada. Registration will begin at 8am, followed by a memorial ceremony. The 5k Run will start at 9:30am, and the 5k Walk at 9:40am.

To register and/or to make a donation, visit:

For more information about this event, contact Sandra McNally:

Public Invited to Tribal Food Summit

The Arizona Department of Agriculture will host a Tribal Food Summit, from 1:30-3:30 pm, January 11th of the State Capitol Museum.  The meeting will establish an executive committee, which will make recommendations and identify best practices on indigenous farming techniques.

Other topics to be discussed include: food deserts, livestock and horticulture. For those interested, and to establish a baseline for discussion, visit:

This event coincides with Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative day.  Registration for the free event is required:

AZ Veterans at Significantly Higher Risk than Civilians for Suicide

A new report from the Arizona Violent Death Reporting System (AVDRS) found from January 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, the rate of suicides among Arizona veterans was significantly higher than non-veterans. Specifically, the suicide rate among non-veterans was 21.8 per 100,000 people, compared to 74.9 veterans per 100,000.

The AzVDRS is housed at ASU. This report is the first examining veteran violent deaths, including suicide, in detail. During this time frame, researchers found 393 suicides and 38 homicides of veterans, both male and female.

Female veterans had higher rates of both suicide and homicide than non-veteran women.

Suicide prevention among veterans is a critical component to the 2017 Arizona State Suicide Prevention Plan. The plan details goals and objectives staff at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System are working on to prevent suicides among all citizens of the state. Veterans are one of several targeted populations.

If you or a loved one is considering suicide, or if you are concerned about someone’s mental well-being, please do not hesitate to contact the national suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255. There are resources available. Together, we can prevent suicide.

For more information about the AzVDRS report, visit:

From Combat to Compost: Veterans Becoming Farmers

At 7 pm Wednesday, December 7, community leaders will gather to screen Ground Operations — an award-winning documentary film about combat veterans transitioning into agricultural careers. The filmmaker, Dulanie Eillis, and a post-film panel will discuss opportunities for veterans to find work in local food security.

Panelists include:

Mark Killian, Director of Arizona Department of Agriculture

Michael McKenzie,Veteran, Owner and Organic Farmer of Lucky Nickel Ranch

Rita French, Veteran Chef at ASU’s Engrained Cafe

Dulanie Ellis, Producer/Director of Ground Operations

The cost is $10 to attend, with proceeds supporting local and national Ground Operation programs. The screening is free for veterans and active military. A trailer for the film can be seen here.

Light refreshments will be provided by Helpings Cafe. The event will take place at the Irish Cultural Center: 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. Parking is available on West Culver street.

Accessing Homeless Services in Maricopa County

A resource guide:

If you are fleeing from domestic violence and in need of shelter or safe housing, please contact A New Leaf Centralized Screening at (480) 890-3039.

For veterans and veteran families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness in Maricopa County, please contact the VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) (602) 248-6040 open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. CRRC is located at 1500 East Thomas Road, Suite 106 (in back of building). Veterans may also call the National Homeless Call Center (877) 424-3838.

For families and children experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County, please contact the Family Housing Hub (FHH) (602) 595-8700 located at 3307 E. Van Buren Street, #108 Phoenix, AZ 85008.  The FHH is open Mondays 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Satellite locations for the FHH include:

East Valley:

o Pat Gilbert Center (Mesa CAN) 635 E. Broadway Mesa, AZ 85204

Tuesday Only: 8:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m.

o Save the Family Foundation, 125 E. University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85201

Wednesday Only: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

West Valley:

o Pendergast Community Center, Family Resource Center, 10550 W. Mariposa St. Phoenix, AZ 85037

Thursday Only: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For single adults and youth on their own experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County, please contact the Brian Garcia Welcome Center on the Human Services Campus (602) 229-5155 located at 234 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007 on the corner of 12th Ave. and Madison.

For youth experiencing homelessness, please call Tumbleweed Youth Center for Development at: (602) 462-5611

For a complete list of emergency shelter in Maricopa County, please dial 2-1-1 or visit their website for contact information.

If you are need of services including emergency shelter, food boxes, eviction prevention, substance abuse treatment or other community based services, please dial 2-1-1 or visit their website

Walk with AHCCCS to Prevent Suicide

Last year in Arizona, more than 1300 people died by suicide. We can change this. Please join AHCCCS staff members on December 11, 2016 for the annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual walk. We’ll walk together – for our friends and family members who we have lost to suicide. We’ll walk together to show our support for this community. We’ll walk together to support for the health and well-being of all Arizonans as champions for change.

Along with 250,000 other Americans nationally who participate in this walk, we hope you’ll consider joining the AHCCCS Champions for Change team. The mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Our fundraising goal is $2,500. To join the team or donate, visit:

All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help bring AFSP one step closer to achieving their bold goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Phoenix VA Outreaches Female Veterans

The Phoenix VA is offering a new monthly course on women’s health for female veterans. The class takes place from 1-2 pm, on the second Wednesday monthly, in the Amethyst Clinic. The classes are available without an appointment.

The goals of the class include providing general information about services available at the Phoenix VA, creating a safe space for female veterans to share experiences, and to improve the quality of life of female veterans.

In November, the class will discuss women’s sexual health. In December, participants will focus on substance use among female veterans.

The Phoenix VA is located at: 650 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Doyle: 602-277-5551 extension 4216.

Volunteers Needed for Suicide Prevention Event

La Frontera Arizona/EMPACT’s Suicide Prevention Center is hosting its third annual Rally Point AZ Veterans’ event Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Rawhide Western Town. This event honors veterans, and raises awareness and funds for Rally Point AZ programs, which provide services to Arizona veterans in crisis, including suicide prevention.

The event includes a 22 kilometer road march by 22 Veterans, representing the 22 veteran suicides per day that occur nationally. There will also be live music and festival activities for the family.  A special added event for this year is the inaugural “Rally Point Arizona Run”– a half-marathon and 5K, both starting and ending at Rawhide.

Volunteers for the event are needed. For more information:

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!