David's Hope

David's Hope David's Hope is dedicated to securing mental health treatment rather than incarceration for those living with mental illness or addictions. We advocate for the humane treatment of all those who are incarcerated.

Our mission is to create and coordinate the Arizona Criminal Justice Mental Health Collaboration Project. We promote evidence based practices which will close the revolving door through the criminal justice system for those with mental illness and addictions. We advocate for humane rehabilitative treatment of all those who are incarcerated.

Our mission is to create and coordinate the Arizona Criminal Justice Mental Health Collaboration Project. We promote evidence based practices which will close the revolving door through the criminal justice system for those with mental illness and addictions. We advocate for humane rehabilitative treatment of all those who are incarcerated.

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09/04/2021

For plenty of parents, anxiety is running high as school is back to in-person learning and COVID-19 cases are rising again. Concern isn’t just limited to parents either. Teachers and school staff are feeling the stress too.

Thanks to our partnership with Resilient Arizona, you can receive psychological help at no cost in group or one-on-one settings. This includes for supportive crisis counseling, education and development of coping skills.

Resilient Arizona providers are located throughout Arizona. If you live in Northern Arizona, call (928) 440-6181. If you reside in Central Arizona, call (602) 704-0440. And if you live in Southern Arizona, please call (520) 485-5858.

Call us today! Friendly people are standing by to take your confidential phone call.

Congratulations Dr. Margaret Balfour.  Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year - recognized by CIT International....
08/23/2021
Tucson doctor wins international award for crisis intervention work

Congratulations Dr. Margaret Balfour. Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year - recognized by CIT International.
You have been a lifeline to so many individuals living with mental disorders and addictions. Thank you for your service to Arizona and beyond. You are our mental health hero! Your efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail have changed the lives of so many.

Dr. Margie Balfour oversees the Crisis Response Center, an observation and evaluation facility for people experiencing various types of crisis.

08/23/2021

Congratulations Dr. Margaret Balfour. Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year - recognized by CIT International.

You have been a lifeline to so many individuals living with mental disorders and addictions. Thank you for your service to Arizona and beyond. You are our mental health hero! Your efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail have changed the lives of so many.

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08/18/2021

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🆕 SAMHSA distributes $11 million in grants to train first responders, community groups to prevent overdoses: https://go.usa.gov/xFpB5

Norman Ornstein, noted author and political scientist joined David's Hope August 11, 2021.  View the entire dialogue on ...
08/16/2021
David's Hope hosts Norman Ornstein August 11, 2021 Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition

Norman Ornstein, noted author and political scientist joined David's Hope August 11, 2021. View the entire dialogue on our David's Hope youtube page.

The second hour we were joined by Wendy White, Executive Director and co-founder at the Southwest Center for Equal Justice.

View the August 11 Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition meeting.

https://youtu.be/KOcM3gWXy7E

Norman Ornstein, noted author and political scientist, founder of the Matthew Harris Ornstein Foundation joins David's Hope August 11 2021 at the Arizona Men...

August 11, 10 AM-12 PM Join David's Hope as we host two amazing guests.10-11 AM Norman Ornstein. Norman J. Ornstein is a...
08/09/2021

August 11, 10 AM-12 PM Join David's Hope as we host two amazing guests.

10-11 AM Norman Ornstein. Norman J. Ornstein is a senior fellow emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
https://www.mornstein.org/
Through his family foundation named in honor of his late son Matthew, he helped spearhead the documentary “The Definition of Insanity,” about criminal justice and mental illness, which premiered at the Miami Film Festival in March 2020 and aired nationally on PBS on April 14, 2020.

11 AM-12 PM Wendy White, Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Equal Justice. https://swcej.org/

To obtain sign on info for this exciting Zoom meeting contact [email protected]

07/23/2021

Just the essentials

Face masks. Hand sanitizer. Tiny bottles of shampoo. Little sticks of deodorant. Body wipes. A first-aid kit. Socks. Sunscreen. Toothbrushes. A blanket.

About 18 items in all – plus printed information on coronavirus safety and how to access community resources – fill up 400 new Release Bags put together by staff from Pima County's Justice Services Department and Pima County’s Pretrial Services.

The bags are for people being released early from the Adult Detention Center through the Jail Population Review Committee (JPR); are getting Medication-Assisted Treatment services after an interaction with the Tucson Police Department as part of the County’s U-MATTER program (Unified Medication-Assisted Treatment Targeted Engagement Response); or
are in follow-up outreach after experiencing an opioid-related overdose.

The class action lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections, today's big news.  In the words of John Lewis. G...
07/19/2021
Judge throws out prisoner care deal over Arizona's noncompliance - KTAR.com

The class action lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections, today's big news. In the words of John Lewis. Good trouble is coming to Arizona.

Highlights - "A court-appointed expert has concluded that understaffing, inadequate funding and privatization of health care services are significant barriers in improving health care for about 30,000 inmates in Arizona’s state-run prisons."

A judge threw out a 6-year-old legal settlement requiring Arizona to improve health care for thousands of prisoners, saying corrections officials have shown little interest in complying with their obligations under the deal and that it would be absurd to expect the state to act differently in the fu...

Loving Janet Hays.  Her views are right on.  Diverting people in serious mental health crisis away from hospitals is not...
07/12/2021
Letters: Better treatment, not diversions from hospitals, vital for mentally ill

Loving Janet Hays. Her views are right on. Diverting people in serious mental health crisis away from hospitals is nothing more than discriminatory. Hospitals need to be equipped to treat all types of emergencies no matter what part of the human body is creating a need for crisis care.

A “Crisis Intervention Strategy Task Force” will only serve to waste tax dollars to recreate what already exists. A far greater need is a Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Task Force

07/10/2021

At David's Hope we are totally excited about the empowerment tools you can find on the AHCCCS website. They can help you prevent criminal justice involvement for all those living with mental health challenges. Check them out now and use them when you need to. There is so much support available but you have to stay informed.

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07/10/2021

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On July 16 at 1 p.m., the Arizona Center for Disability Law will host the first of a two part virutal training series about reasonable accommodations for individuals with behavorial health needs. The first session will focus on reasonable accomodations in the workplace.

Register more: http://ow.ly/5og050FhTHp

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07/10/2021

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Learn how the DDD Affordable Housing Program helped Carlos and his family find an accessible apartment that seemed like it was created just for him!

Read Carlos' story: http://ow.ly/qZuN50Fm6PV

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07/10/2021

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On Monday, July 12 at 10 a.m., join our Office of Individual and Family Affairs for a Hot Topics session about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Be sure to register in advance!

Register here: http://ow.ly/DeAY50FhU4U

Sharing a bit of good news!  Ma*****na convictions and a plan for expungement in Arizona.
06/29/2021
Maricopa County Attorney's Office, AZ

Sharing a bit of good news! Ma*****na convictions and a plan for expungement in Arizona.

Maricopa County Attorney Announces Effort to Assist with Expungement of Prior Ma*****na Convictions

Click the pic below to view a great panel discussion including Judge Steven Leifman and Dr. Norman Ornstein.David's Hope...
06/29/2021
Definition of Insanity Virtual Panel Discussion

Click the pic below to view a great panel discussion including Judge Steven Leifman and Dr. Norman Ornstein.

David's Hope is so excited to get to know the great folks at the Matthew Ornstein Foundation. We can hardly wait until we can have them join us for an event which will include participants from our Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition.

Featuring Judge Steve Leifman, Dr. Norm Ornstein, filmmaker Rob Reiner and Dr. Stephanie Le Melle

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06/07/2021

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We're gearing up for our Summer Program which means you can call today to enroll your child(ren)! Call 520-639-6009 or visit ccsneeds.com to learn more about this program.

Congratulations to Arizona law enforcement who have been relentless in their pursuit of providing effective and compassi...
05/26/2021

Congratulations to Arizona law enforcement who have been relentless in their pursuit of providing effective and compassionate crisis response to individuals experiencing a mental health emergency.

View the May Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition meeting with special guest Anna Mendez, Mental Health Amer...
05/13/2021
David's Hope, Giving defendants the right to disclose a mental disorder during criminal prosecution.

View the May Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition meeting with special guest Anna Mendez, Mental Health America board president Virginia, Executive Director Partner in Mental Health, Charlottesville, Virginia, Fellow in Residence University of Virginia Equity Center.

Topic - Giving defendants the right to disclose mental disorder during criminal prosecution. Guest Anna Mendez, Fellow in Residence at the University of Virg...

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David's Hope was created to secure mental health care rather than incarceration for those who live with a serious mental illness. For those with mental illness already incarcerated, we advocate for humane and competent mental health treatment. We seek an end to placing the mentally ill in long term solitary confinement. Whether before, during or after incarceration, our mission is to provide the individual with meaningful supports, which will be a catalyst for recovery. We promote the treatment of mental illness throughout our criminal justice system. Through education and advocacy we seek to decriminalize those who live with mental illness and addictions.

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Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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Work groups meet monthly. The Coalition meets the second Wednesday of each month Call for more details as meeting location can change. Currently due to the Covid 19 public health crisis, all meetings are online only. We provide education and advocacy regarding mental health/criminal justice issues, creating linkages across the systems. Forums(Roundtables) are hosted regularly, to create ongoing public dialogue and stakeholders work groups. We work to promote implementation of the national Stepping Up Initiative. www.stepuptogether.org

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Decrimalizing Mental Disorders

David's Hope impacts our community through the creation of increased collaboration between our mental health and criminal justice systems. We advocate for the use of best practices in our justice system and implementation of the national Stepping Up Initiative www.stepuptogether.org We promote rehabilitative treatment rather than incarceration for those individuals suffering from mental illness, trauma and addictions. David's Hope provides one on one mentoring and support to those with mental illness and their families who have been arrested and or incarcerated due to untreated mental illness. A program of David’s Hope is the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition {AZMHCJC}. The coalition consists of mental health criminal justice stakeholders from across Arizona. Working together, our goal is to reduce demand for costly acute care services in jails, prisons, forensic mental health treatment facilities, emergency rooms and other crisis settings. David’s Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition’s successful promotion of Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, will decrease crime and improve public safety, improve public health, decrease injuries to law enforcement officers and people with mental illnesses and decrease rates of chronic homelessness. Most importantly the AZMHCJC will close the revolving door which results in the devastation of families and the community, the breakdown of the criminal justice system, and wasteful government spending.

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Urgent Call to Action! Hi all, we are hearing some rumors that some may want to reduce the funds in Jake's Law. We are hoping and praying that the funds in Jake's Law will remain at 8 million going into the budget discussions so it doesn't get slashed down to nothing. Would you please email the Committee members listed below to get Jake's Law through the final committee tomorrow? The email is listed below for you to copy and paste. 🙂 We need to make sure we don't target anyone, remain respectful and professional, and that we show them the importance of the fund. Thank you all for your incredible support! Dear Senator (name), We are so heartened by the fact that we have had unanimous support in 3 committees so far. We are glad that legislators see the value in this bipartisan bill that will save lives. Jake's Law will ensure that insurance companies are treating behavioral health equally with physical health. It requires insurers to file a comparative analysis report with the Department of Insurance every three years or whenever there is a substantive change in a health plan, demonstrating their compliance with federal parity laws. Jake's Law expands access to behavioral health services in schools by establishing a fund to help students covered by private insurance but who are unable to afford their copay or deductible. The children we are losing are from the middle class and upper-class families who have private insurance and are not eligible for AHCCCS. When you speak with school personnel, if they have a child who is in crisis, they hope and pray the child has AHCCCS because they don't know if they will be able to get care with private insurance. I am so proud of the 8 million dollar appropriation as it will act as a bridge to get our youth care while we wait for Jake's Law to be fully enacted. Early detection is critical. Fifty percent of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14, yes you read that correctly, fifty percent. It typically takes 8-10 years from the onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis. If an 8-year-old starts exhibiting signs of mental illness, they would be 18 before they are diagnosed. With increasing su***de rates in teens reaching epidemic levels, we must do more. The status quo isn't working. According to the latest Arizona Child Fatality Review Report, child su***de increased 32% from 2016-2017, with 68% of those deaths occurring in children 15-17 years of age. Furthermore, over 41% of AZ families have to go out-of-network to see a behavioral health provider, which causes further distress. Jake's Law WILL save lives. Our children need and deserve leadership on this issue. Thank you for your service to our great state of AZ. (your name) Please email to: Senate Appropriations Lela Alston - [email protected] Heather Carter - [email protected] David Gowan - [email protected] Sine Kerr - [email protected] Vince Leach - [email protected] David Livingston - [email protected] Lisa Otondo - [email protected] Michelle Ugenti-Rita - [email protected]
Please take (and Share) the TCC Human Services Survey, which as you may know, helps to determine prioritization for Human Service funding, and your input contributes to determining which non-profits programs, organizations, and agencies, may be funded to provide essential programs and services to Tempe residents. Just click the ‘Tell us What you Think’ icon below or go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R68FF2W Kim Van Nimwegen, MSW Community Impact Manager TCC
And so, Lord, where do i put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7. Just wanted to say thank you to all of you at David's Hope who wished me birthday wishes. You are all greatly loved. Daniel 9:23. Love you mother and you are amazing and I don't know how to tell you how much I love you and all you mean to me. Thank you for being my hero and for all your prayers. Our loving heavenly father has wonderful plans for us. For I know the plans I have for you plans to bless you and not to harm you to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
2017 MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE AND AWARENESS NIGHT If you live in the Surprise, Arizona area, Surprise PD is hosting an event on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm atht eNorthwest Regional Library, Community Room located at 16089 North Bullard Avenue. The agencies/organizations listed below will also be in attendance: - Crisis Response Network - Community Bridges - La Fronteria Arizona Empact - Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care - Marc Community Resources - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Arizona - NAMI Valley of the Sun - Partners in Recovery - Recovery International / RRC - Terros Health - Touchstone - Veteran Resources
The NAMI Valley Walk is October 21, 2017. Click on the link below for more information.
After a very successful Stepping Up Summit we don't want to stop or slow any momentum. The word is spreading and change is happening across the country! Do you want to know what you can do to help? Click on the link to learn more! There are 389 counties across the country that have stepped up, including all 15 in Arizona.! Help us cotnninue to help others!
David's Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition thanks Cenpatico for their Gold sponsorship of Step Up AZ 2017. Your support made the difference!
They are doing great work in Pinal County!!
Here is a unique way of bringing positivity to the Mental Health Court and Veteran's Court in Maricopa County.
Come join us for the Coalition meeting this Friday, August 4! There is a location change so it will be at from 9-11 am at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Training Center located at 2627 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix 85003. Try to get there early so we can have staff meet you and take you to the meeting room. We are excited to announce Sgt. Cory Runge of the Flagstaff police department will be joining us on August 4 and will be sharing his comprehensive report on the implementation of the Sequential Intercept Model throughout Arizona's northern regions. Come learn about the exciting things happening in Northern Arizona!!
The stigma surrounding mental health is very real and very powerful. The message in this Ted Talk applies to more than just the African culture and community. Much of what he says is applicable here as well.