Annual Meeting

Dear Members and Friends of the Arizona Peer and Family Coalition,

We are preparing for our 2018 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with Snacks/Appetizers at 12 Noon to be followed by the Business Meeting from 12:30 PM to 2 PM.  We hope you plan to join us.  Our Agenda includes Financial Reports, Committee Reports, and the Election of Board Members.

In order to qualify for membership in the Coalition and be eligible to vote, a new Member shall be a self-identified peer or family member, have completed the Coalition membership application, and submitted said application to the Coalition.

In addition, our By-Laws state that current Members shall renew active membership voting rights at the Annual Meeting of Members or by email submission of the Annual Renewal of Membership.

Please complete the appropriate form and return to me at the meeting on March 13th.

Strategic Planning Update

Hello!  One of the things we discussed last meeting was the work on our strategic planning process.  In our Bylaws, it states:


Section 1. The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition is to advocate for

statewide behavioral health policy development by peers and family members.




*Section 1. *To increase public support for the awareness of mental health

issues in the general community that reduces stigma, promotes the value of

human worth, and generates community inclusion of persons diagnosed with

mental illness.

*Section 2. *To recognize and celebrate both the uniqueness and talents of

persons with mental illness through noting individual accomplishments and

contributions to the community.

*Section 3.* To publicly recognize the contributions of individuals,

families, and organizations within the community who have accomplished,

implemented, and or promoted the betterment of persons with mental illness.

*Section 4*. To inform the public and policy makers of the strengths,

challenges and needs of persons with mental illness, and promote and

conduct public education programs.

*Section 5. *To enable persons with mental illness to transform and improve

the Arizona Behavioral Health System.

and our Marketing Materials state:

Dedicated to extending statewide peer and family leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care since 2009.

Our purpose is simple yet powerful…

To create an active, unified voice for peers and family members in all aspects of the system by:

  • Impacting the system at all levels of decision-making

  • Communicating information so peers and families have access throughout the behavioral health system

  • Leading and mentoring individuals to take leadership roles and fostering collaboration with community partners

  • Monitoring the system by gathering and analyzing data statewide for use in lobbying and advocating

 One of the proposed mission statements, which we are still working on is:

  • The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition is to advocate for, connect, promote, and develop leadership by peers and family members throughout our state.

Please let us know any feedback you have as we move forward in the planning process. I hope to see you today, either in person or on the phone.

Advocacy Alert: AHCCCS Medicaid Waiver

Dear Arizona Peer and Family Coalition members and community,
Public comments for the Section 1115 waiver are due on February 28th.

Critical changes are proposed that would limit the services available to those on AHCCCS. 
In the information below, you will find a template to assist you with submitting comment and the webpage to find more out about this proposal  Attached is the draft letter that the Board is submitting from the Coalition. We encourage feedback from our members about this letter, but can only take feedback for the next 48 hours due to the tight timeline.

Please feel free to forward this email to your networks and we also encourage submitting your comments to your legislators as well. The email for comments is

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Please note meeting time change!

Please note that our meeting time has been changed to 12 Noon. We will meet in the same room at FIC. MMIC will be providing lunch. We hope that this new time will make the meeting more accessible for attendance.

If you wish to participate through Go To Meeting, please see below:

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States (Long distance): +1 (626) 425-3121

Access Code: 402-067-421


Child Sex Trafficking

Website where you can learn more:

Consumer Based System ” An Evidence based Practice”

Consumer Operated Services final  2-12-13

Northern AZ Housing Organization

NAZCARE Housing Program-3-12-13

Mercer  DHS Document

Federal Mental Health Legislation Update

At the AZ Peer and Family Coalition Meeting on Tuesday, we agreed that information about this Federal Mental Health legislation would be distributed to the Coalition mailing list to give persons an opportunity to learn about the proposed legislation and to contact their Congressperson or Senator if they decide to do so.:

    Critique of Mark up version of Murphy bill, HR 2646. Likely this bill will be heard by full Energy and Commerce Com. next week.