Grantee News

Integrative Approaches to COVID-19

Please click here for a pdf of information on integrative approaches to COVID-19 from the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (AWCIM).

The same information can be found here on their website.


Governor Ducey Signs Jake’s Law

From the Help & Hope for YOUth newsletter:

On March 3, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey joined mental health advocates, legislators and family members affected by suicide to sign SB1523, also known as Jake’s Law. The legislation, introduced by Senator Kate Brophy McGee and Representative Jeff Weninger, requires health care insurers to cover mental health like they would cover physical health. The bipartisan bill passed through the Arizona legislature with unanimous support and fulfills a significant legislative priority highlighted in Governor Ducey’s State of the State Address.

SB1523 is named in honor of Jake Machovsky, an Arizona teen who lost his life to suicide in 2016 after battling mental health issues. Jake’s parents, Denise and Ben, started the JEM Foundation to end youth suicide and expand behavioral health services.

For more information about Jake’s Law, click here.

Girl Scouts Launches New Gender Parity Initiative

Girl Scouts of the USA has launched Fair Play, Equal Pay™, a new gender parity initiative that will engage businesses to take action now to help build a more equitable future for girls. One of the most comprehensive and solutions-oriented corporate gender parity programs to date, GSUSA’s Fair Play, Equal Pay initiative leverages the power and impact of the Girl Scout brand to encourage companies that work with Girl Scouts to take the pledge toward parity and equal pay for equal work.

Click here to read their blog post.

Screening of BEDLAM in Tempe, March 24, 2020

You are invited to a free screening of the documentary film Bedlam in Tempe, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Dr. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

For more information about the film, click here. For details on the screening and to reserve tickets, click here.

Public Screening of Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops – January 16, 2020

Please click here for information about a free public screening of the award-winning documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening with producer/director Jenifer McShane, Joe Smarro (one of the subjects), and local panelists Judy Kowalick (NAMI Southern Arizona), Richard Rhoads (Banner – University Medicine Crisis Response Center), Sabrina Taylor (Phoenix Police CIT Squad), and Jason Winsky (Tucson Police Department). Christina Rossetti, Rossetti Consulting Group, will moderate. Tickets will be available at the box office the day of the event. This screening is underwritten by The David and Lura Lovell Foundation. More information is at

Chronic Pain and the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Please click here for an op ed that appeared in Morning Consult on combating the opioid overdose crisis and alleviating chronic pain, sent to us from the Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Pain Management (AACIPM). Click here for a press release about formation of the AACIPM.

Screenings of Documentary Film Ernie & Joe on Police Response to Mental Health Calls.

Ernie & Joe is a documentary portrait of two Texas police offers (part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit) who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. Click here to visit the film website.

Upcoming screenings include:

New York

DOC NYC film festival:  November 14, 5pm at Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Screenings November 15-21 at Village East Theatre, 181-180 2nd Avenue. (Director Jenifer McShane, Ernie, and Joe will be at screenings November 15-17.)

Los Angeles

Screenings November 15-21 at Laemmle Santa Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica.


HBO Broadcast November 19, 9pm.

Information about Tucson screening at The Loft to come!

October 10, 2019, Screening of AZPM’s “Not Broken”

Arizona Public Media, in conjunction with University of Arizona Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS), is hosting a free screening of an original AZPM documentary, Not Broken, on Thursday, October 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gallagher Theatre, 1303 E University Blvd., Tucson , 85719. This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring participants from the film.

Not Broken is a candid, unflinching, yet hopeful one-hour documentary about the lives of seven young people who have mental illnesses, told in their own brave words. To highlight that mental illness affects all of us, these stories represent a spectrum of different experiences. Some of the participants are youth of color, some identify as LGBTQ, some have survived sexual abuse, poverty, bullying—and all are fighting to live their dreams despite their mental health challenges.

6:00 p.m. – Doors Open
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Film Screening
7:30 – 8:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion

Self-Sufficiency Standard for Arizona 2019

Click here to read The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Arizona 2019, a report on non-partisan research sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona that examines the ability for families across Arizona to meet basic needs. It goes beyond federal poverty guidelines to show an accurate picture of what Arizona families need to survive without assistance. The report provides a detailed county-by-county breakdown of the income that families of 70 different configurations need to make ends meet in all 15 Arizona counties. It also documents the degree to which public support enables families to meet their basic needs while moving toward self-sufficiency.