Grantee News

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.

Online Toolkit for People with New Diagnosis of Cancer

The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine announces a new program for patients and their caregivers: CanHEAL: Cancer Health Empowerment Assistance, and Learning. This online toolkit, created with generous support from the Scheidel Foundation, is for people with a new diagnosis of cancer. It will guide patients and their families to learn about integrative care, point them toward useful resources, and suggest ways to discuss integrative medicine with healthcare professionals. Click here to visit the website.

Gun Violence and Mental Illness

Two segments of the August 8, 2019, broadcast of Arizona Spotlight on Arizona Public Media featured interviews with the Director of Epicenter and interim Director of grantee partner NAMI Southern Arizona on the connections people make between gun violence and mental illness. Click here to listen.