Session 2 Workshops

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

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Integrating Behavioral Health with Primary Care

Dr. John Molina, Mayra Jirak, LPC and Lynda Vaterlaus

Location: SANDS 101

Primary care health centers are where families to go for their behavioral health and medical needs. Primary care providers are now integrating behavioral health care services into their medical setting. This workshop will describe how Native Health utilizes Behavioral Health Consultants in the integrated model and share best practices to improve the overall health and wellbeing of a diverse population.

Arizona’s Response to the Opioid Crisis




Matthew Fallico and Michael White

Location: SANDS 105

In Arizona, Opioids account for over 1200 deaths, 500 cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and 28% of all Emergency Department encounters. Various efforts have consistently implemented innovative ideas for addressing gaps in an individuals’ ability to access care. This workshop will give an overview of the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona, providing data and outcomes of current programs taking place.

Better Health Outcomes for Substance Use Disorder in Diverse Communities




Turiya Coll, Holly Figueroa and Stacy Cope

Location: SANDS 135

With the shifting knowledge of “substance use disorders” (SUDs), this workshop focuses on treating those with SUDs in diverse communities for better health outcomes and quality of life. Focusing on individual needs of each diverse population, this workshop gives examples of evidence-based approaches to health disparities and real Arizona communities applying these approaches in diverse populations.

Evidence-Based Healthy Living Programs and Opioid Use Disorder

Wendy O'Donnell

Location: SANDS 225

The Arizona Living Well Institute is Arizona’s hub for the evidence-based Healthy Living (CDSME) programs developed by Stanford. These workshops give people knowledge, confidence, and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living a healthier life. We will discuss the English and Spanish programs available and how the Healthy Living with Chronic Pain Program can be used to address OUD.



Examining Suicide Trends in Diverse Populations





Amy D'Arpino and Julie Mack

Location: SANDS 232

Suicide rates among populations with higher disparities need specific prevention and intervention strategies. This session will examine the suicide rates for racial/ethnic groups, persons who identify as LGBTQ, Veterans, and older individuals. Evidence-based research will be provided to assist participants with key insight for prevention strategies.

The Healing Power of Organizing




Nicole Hale, Gina Miriam Mendez and Abril Gallardo Cervera

Location: SANDS 234

This workshop covers how organizing for social change compliments behavioral health practices to help heal trauma. Organizing gives space to people with shared struggle to come together, build community, and process pain, as a collective. Organizing also provides people tools they need to identify the root cause of pain, and take collective action to create concrete change in their lives.

Community Advocacy and Mobilization

John Mireles and Petra Falcon

Location: SANDS 235

This workshop will provide an overview to organizing for social change with defined guiding values and principles of community organizing. While empowering citizens to promote community self-determination by engaging in citizen action and advocacy, this workshop will analyze community power structure, leadership development and relationship building, strategy development, issue development, and action development.

Language Makes a Difference – Adapting Programs/Curriculum for Target Populations

Amy Fernandez, Sonia Ruiz and Brennan Clary, LMSW

Location: SANDS 201

The workshop is intended to define the importance of making adaptations in evidence-based interventions and best practices curriculum. By identifying the need to emphasize cultural appropriateness, LGBTQ inclusivity, and cultural and trauma informed care, participants will learn to adapt to meet the needs of their target population while still adhering to program fidelity.

Domestic Violence Knows No Culture

Denise Krupp, MA, LCP, LISAC and Natalie Carlat

Location: SANDS 202

This workshop will examine and define abuse in relationships that progress to domestic violence. Exploring the connection between domestic violence, substance abuse, and culture, participants will walk in the offender of domestic violence's shoes in an experiential activity and identify how substances and culture can play a role. This workshop will define intimate partner violence and progression, along with presenting treatment options for offenders.

A Look at Jacob’s Law

Anika Robinson

Location: UCB 241

Jacob’s Law, found under the AHCCCS Contractor’s Operating Manual (ACOM) 449, provides required timelines to access behavioral and urgent health services, requires a placement packet, provides protections for caregivers, and provides Out-of-Home request timelines. Participants will learn how to get involved to effectively advocate for vulnerable children and families, how to influence positive change and ensure their voice is heard.



Communication Access for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Citizen





Aimee Mousavi and Michele Michaels, CPM

Location: UCB 261

This workshop will increase one’s awareness when interacting with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind citizens. Service providers will become familiar with identifying the unique communication needs of various individuals with hearing loss, understanding the laws governing communication access and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate access and accommodations.

Strengthening Relationships through Cultural Identity





Amy Fa'atoafe and Neil Tift

Location: UCB 265

This workshop focuses on building relationships within families, communities, school and work by building self-worth through individual cultural identities. This presentation works to build understanding between individuals and build healthy characteristics that help to create strong relationships that go beyond cultural barriers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding on how to interact with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures.

Addressing Substance Use at the Root: Jail based Mosaic





Dawn Noggle, Phd, CCHP, Bobie Stallcup, PsyD, CCHP and Mary Page, M.Ed., M.A., LPC

Location: UCB 266

Mosaic is a jail evidence-based substance use treatment program for individuals with serious substance use and behavioral health needs and at higher return to jail risk. Participants often have not received sufficient help in the community or appear “to have failed” treatment. This trauma informed care approach goes to root causes. Participants have embraced it as life changing.