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.

Funding Collaboration for End of Life Care and Planning

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation have announced their continued partnership to award nonprofit grants, cooperatively addressing issues related to the awareness, understanding, and availability of end-of-life care and planning, particularly for underserved and vulnerable communities in Pima County.

This funding partnership began in 2017 when the two foundations awarded more than
$3 million to support end-of-life care programs in Arizona. The Lovell Foundation has awarded a total of $3,459,103 for end-of-life care and planning projects, and CFSA has granted a total of $472,550. These grants supported end-of-life care programs that engage the community, educate professionals and patients, institute organizational and community standards of practice, develop the healthcare workforce, and impact public policy.

“Our collective goal is to fundamentally change the narrative on how we plan for, care for, and experience death and dying in Southern Arizona and beyond,” said John Amoroso, Executive Director of the Lovell Foundation. “Ultimately we all – individuals, families, caregivers, health systems, and communities – bear the responsibility for changing the status quo by helping each other to engage in compassionate, honest conversations about our mortality, the type of healthcare we wish to receive, and how it is given across the spectrum of life choices,” he shared.

All participating nonprofits share Amoroso’s vision, several having worked together in years past and now as part of the End-of-Life Care Partnership anchored at the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. This innovative community-wide collaboration is one of the most significant community-based end-of-life care initiatives in the nation.

“We believe in the power of nonprofit and funding organizations working together to address issues collaboratively,” said CFSA President and CEO, Clint Mabie. “We are honored to steward Shaaron Kent’s legacy to the community. Her endowment fund at CFSA allows us to award grants that will help grow a ‘change network’ by supporting and empowering organizations that are addressing hospice care issues and the universal experiences of death, dying, and grieving.”

Click here for instructions and guidelines to submit a Letter of Interest.

To learn more about the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, visit

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.

Applications Open for Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency

Please help spread the word about 2019-2020 Arts Proficiency Seal Applications opening on the Arts Education Website. This is an important step in the direction of valuing arts in education in Arizona.

At the State Board of Education meeting on Monday October 28th 2019, rulemaking closed on the State Seal of Arts Proficiency R7-2-321SB1111 was signed into law May 14, 2019 and has been officially adopted by the State Board of Education to award high school graduates who meet minimum pathway requirements with a diploma seal of arts proficiency.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) who wish to administer the State Seal of Arts Proficiency in the 2019-20 school year must apply by 5pm MST on Friday November 22. LEAs will be notified of their status by 5pm MST Friday December 20. LEAs who are approved to administer the seal will submit an LEA Seal Achievement Report by April 15th 2020, and will receive diploma seals for qualifying graduates no later than May 1st 2020.

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!