Worried About Suicide? ACT

Worried about suicide? ACT.During the winter holidays, it is common to spend time with friends and family you may not otherwise see often. During the holiday party or family meal, you may notice someone isn’t acting like himself or herself. If you notice a friend or family member who is: abusing substances, sleeping abnormally–either too much or too little, or, not participating socially as is his/her norm, have a frank conversation.

Remember to ACT: Ask, Care, Treat

A: Ask directly, “How are you feeling?” And if you are concerned ask, “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”

C: Care. Listen to what the person has to say without interrupting or trying to nullify their feelings.

T: Treat. Get the person help.

The ACT model is used by the US Navy as a reminder for how to reach out to those who may be struggling and unsure of how to ask for help. If the person you are concerned about has a plan to die by suicide, do not leave him/her alone. If necessary, call 9-1-1 or the crisis line for help. It is important this person receive immediate care.

Find the Arizona crisis line listed on the  AHCCCS Crisis web page or below:

In Maricopa County (served by Mercy Care): 1-800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444

Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties (served by Arizona Complete Health – Complete Care Plan): 1-866-495-6735

Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties (served by Steward Health Choice Arizona): 1-877-756-4090

Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities (served by EMPACT): 1-800-259-3449

Having the courage to ask how a person is feeling emotionally, and then truly listening to the response, can save lives. Help is available 24 hours a day at the National Suicide Prevention line by calling  1-800-273-TALK.

If you have questions about suicide prevention resources in Arizona, or are interested in becoming involved in this work statewide, contact the Suicide Prevention Specialist at kelli.williams@azahcccs.gov.



Medication Assisted Treatment Symposiums To Focus on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Strategies

Opioid epidemicIn collaboration with the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, AHCCCS will host two MAT Symposiums in Safford and Lake Havasu City this summer. Discussion will focus on how Arizona is using clinically effective prevention and treatment strategies to best serve those impacted by the opioid epidemic, and what initiatives the state is using to combat this health crisis. The events are free and open to MAT providers, treatment providers, physical health providers, harm reduction organizations, justice system partners and interested community members.
WHEN: July 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Graham County General Services Building, 921 W Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ 8554
WHEN: August 3, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
WHERE: ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City, Room 109, 100 University Way, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

New Treatment Options for Opioid Misuse, Abuse or Dependence

Opioid Misuse, Abuse and Dependency treatmentThe opioid epidemic is a public health emergency in Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, an estimated 6,700 possible opioid overdoses have been reported between June 15, 2017 and March 22, 2018, with as many as 16 percent of them fatal. From prescription opioid overuse to abuse of illegally produced opioids like heroin and fentanyl, the epidemic is damaging families across all demographics in our state.

It’s likely you know someone who is affected by opioid use disorder. AHCCCS, as the administrator of a Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, has increase treatment options.

24/7 Access To Treatment

Arizona now has five agencies providing opioid treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve individuals who need immediate access to treatment services and connections to ongoing services.

  • Southwest Behavioral Health Services, Kingman Recovery and Observation Unit 1301 W. Beale Street, Kingman, AZ 86401, 928-263-6515
  • West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Crisis Stabilization Unit 8655 E. Eastridge Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314, 928-445-5211
  • Community Medical Services 2301 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, 602-866-9378
  • Community Bridges, East Valley Addiction Recovery Center 560 S. Bellview, Mesa, AZ 85204, 480-461-1711
  • CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness 380 E. Ft. Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ 85705, 520-202-178

Crisis, Treatment and Support Resources

Services are available to residents in every Arizona county.

If you live in Maricopa County:

  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Member Services:
    602-586-1841 or 1-800-564-5465
  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Crisis Line:
    602-222-9444 or 1-800-631-1314

Stand Together and Recover Centers (STAR) facilitates an opioid support group for ages 18 and older on Wednesdays, 6-7 pm at STAR, 2502 E Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034. There is no fee and no referral needed. Call 602-231-0071 for more information.

If you live in Yavapai, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, Navajo or Apache Counties:

  • Health Choice Integrated Care Customer Service:
  • Health Choice Integrated Care Crisis Line:
  • 877-756-4090

If you live in La Pa, Yuma, Pinal, Pima, Graham, Greenlee, Cochise or Santa Cruz Counties:

  • Cenpatico Integrated Care Customer Service:
  • Cenpatico Integrated Care Crisis Line:

Download a printable Getting Help for opioid misuse, abuse or dependence flier to share.

Other Resources:

Centers for Disease Control Opioid Overdose Information

National Institute on Drug Abuse Opioid Information

Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family Treatment Locator