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Attorney General Brnovich announces grants to 11 organizations to combat the opioid crisis

| Sep 19, 2022 | Arizona

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today [Sept. 15th] the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $6 million in grant funding to eleven organizations across the state to combat the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to support opioid abuse and underlying mental health-related issues for more than 21,000...[ Read More ]

Arizona recognized for its Medicaid program innovation

| Sep 16, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, received a 2022 Medicaid Innovation Award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). The nonpartisan award recognizes states for demonstrating creativity, leadership, and progress in their Medicaid programs despite...[ Read More ]

Pima County analysis shows vaccinated employees incur less health care costs than unvaccinated employees

| Sep 15, 2022 | Arizona

With the ban on COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees of government entities in the state taking effect on Sept. 24th, new data shows that vaccinated employees in Pima County have cost the county “significantly” less in health care costs than unvaccinated employees.     To promote vaccination rates, the Pima...[ Read More ]

Arizona Health Start Program to begin training community health workers with newly approved curriculum

| Sep 9, 2022 | Arizona

A new community health worker (CHW) training curriculum has been approved to be part of the Arizona Health Start Program, a program that uses CHWs to provide education, support, and advocacy services to pregnant and postpartum women in historically underserved communities throughout the state. Families enrolled in the program receive...[ Read More ]

More accessible medication-assisted treatment can help combat fentanyl crisis, AzPHA Executive Director Will Humble says

| Sep 2, 2022 | Arizona

According to Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA) Executive Director Will Humble, tackling the fentanyl overdose epidemic in the state comes down to Narcan distribution, preventative measures like fentanyl test strips, and making medication-assisted treatment more accessible.      AzPHA notes that while overdose deaths from opioids like heroin and morphine...[ Read More ]

Mike Sheldon named permanent CEO of Arizona State Hospital, ADHS deputy director

| Sep 1, 2022 | Arizona

Mike Sheldon has been named the new CEO for the Arizona State Hospital (ASH), building on more than a decade of behavioral health administrative experience in both the private and public sectors. Sheldon has served as interim CEO at the 360-bed facility in Phoenix since May after serving as the...[ Read More ]