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Arizona Senate Health & Human Services Committee passes two bills related to speech and hearing

| Jan 13, 2023 | Arizona

Members of Arizona’s Senate Health & Human Services Committee approved two Senate Bills relating to speech and hearing on January 10th. Senate Bill 1016 would make speech therapy services eligible for coverage, while SB 1017 would make cochlear implants eligible for coverage. “Speech therapy has been an issue we’ve been...[ Read More ]

Advocates push for Arizona State Hospital reform at Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council hearing

| Jan 11, 2023 | Arizona

Members of the Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council focused on the governance of Arizona State Hospital (ASH) at a January 4th meeting, where they adopted a list of recommendations made in 2022.  Operated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the ASH is the state’s only publicly operated...[ Read More ]

Arizona hospital expands neonatal unit for preterm babies

| Jan 9, 2023 | Arizona

Abrazo Health is investing $14 million in expanding the hospital’s neonatal unit for preterm babies at the Arrowhead Campus. Over 3,000 babies, including high order multiple births such as triplets, are born annually at the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. The 8,500 square-foot addition will be built adjacent to Arrowhead’s existing Level...[ Read More ]

Phoenix Children’s Hospital launches Division of Anesthesiology

| Jan 9, 2023 | Arizona

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the fastest growing pediatric health centers in the country, launched a Division of Anesthesiology and announced the leadership team for the Division last month. Dr. Narasimhan “Sim” Jagannathan is acting as Division Chief, while Dr. Amod Sawardekar is Associate Division Chief. “Phoenix Children’s is preparing...[ Read More ]

ADHS emphasizes how Arizona’s Naloxone Leave Behind program is saving lives

| Jan 3, 2023 | Arizona

Arizona’s Naloxone Leave Behind program allows emergency responders to provide lifesaving naloxone to administer and leave behind when responding to opioid overdoses. The program was administered in 2019 by the Arizona Department of Human Services (ADHS). State law allows Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies to leave behind prepackaged, intranasal naloxone,...[ Read More ]

Arizona Teen Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee adopts recommendations for next steps

| Dec 15, 2022 | Arizona

During their final meeting of the year last week, the Arizona House Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee adopted recommendations to put the committee’s work into action. The committee was established earlier this year to research and review information on how substance abuse, bullying, and social media affect the mental health...[ Read More ]