Coalition Minutes 2015-03-10


DATE:     Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TIME:       3:05 – 4:30

ATTENDEES:   Vicki Johnson,  Jim Dunn, Yvonne Ayon, Jill Hogan, Chaz Longwell, Karen           Young, Melissa Perygr, Penny Prestle, Shelly Curran, Sherry Candelaria, Ronnie Johnson, Jane Zackmann, Phil Sawyer, Strephanie Earl and Sonia Ross.

Guest Speaker: Penny Prestle and Shelley Curran

On Phone:        Susan Junck, Kathy Bashor, Debi Jergenson.

On Internet:      Ronnie Johnson

   1.                  Introductions:

The meeting was called to order by President Vicki Johnson at 3:05 PM at the Family Involvement Center.  All present introduced themselves.

 2.                  Review and Approve Minutes:

The minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Karen Young to approve the minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

3.                   Updates

A,                  Financial Reports

Vicki Johnson passed out an Income and expense Statement and a Balance Sheet for January, 2015.  The balance was $13,823 remaining of contract money with Mercy Maricopa, for the support we give to peer and family members who are serving on committees.  For the month of January, we spent $1,829.

Vicki Johnson asked for a motion to approve the financial report.  A motion was made by Jim Dunn; it was seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

4.                Guest Speakers:  Penny Pastle and Shelly Curran

Point of interaction steps:

  1. First encounter – Mental health individuals can wear a bracelet to identify them if they have a run-in with the law.  The police can divert them because  they have a mental illness.  The county of Yuma has started this process.
  2. Pre-Trial – A person sitting in jail, waiting to get adjudicated or if the person has been in jail for a while, there is an opportunity for diversion.  This is called Upper Trial Diversion.
  3. Trial – At the trial, a conviction has been made by mental health courts comes into play.  The County Attorney is involved in that setting and if they are willing to divert them.
  4. Corrections – People who have behavioral health issues entering prison can enter corrections programs.
  5. Re-Entering Programs – These help people with the transition back into the community.
  6. CIT Training – Police standards are 40 hours of training. 20% of officers are now trained.


  • I have been in touch with Diana Calandros, Director of Pretrial services at Pima County. (520) 866-4416.  e-mail address:
  • Mental Health court standards
    • Two different committees were formed to meet these guidelines.
    • Service providers, advocates and four judges took time every three weeks to discuss guidelines.
    • The result was Summary Guidelines, a foundation to make sure people get the correct service needed.
  • There are 12 mental health courts in Arizona.
  • The diversion for behavioral health persons are an optional, pre-trial program.

5.           Committee Reports:

A.           Training: Update support Group meeting for MMIC committee members

Peer support groups will start Saturday, March 21, 2015 10 AM – 2 PM at the FIC location.  Sherry Candeleria will give Vicki a flyer on this support group.

B.           Communications:

None to report

C.           Emergency Response:

None to report

6.           Old Business

A.           Tim Murphy Mental Health Legislation

The status of this legislation is no action taken due to new congress in office.

B.          Meeting with Governor Ducey’s Health person

AZ Peer and Family Coalition could be an advisory resource to the Ducey administration as it manages many issues related to the Behavioral Health Community.  Monica Coury (Deputy Director of AHCCCS) is assisting the Coalition in seeking a meeting with the Governor’s Health Person.

C.          Follow-up on Monica Coury:

  • The transfer of DBHS to AHCCCS may be moved sooner.  No one is sure.
  • Vicki Johnson asked the group if Monica Coury should be invited to a future meeting for indiviuals to express some concerns.  The AZ P&F Coalition agreed to bring her back at a futurre meeting.

7.           New Business

Vicki Johnson notified AZ P&F Coalition that Cherl Anderson has resigned.  Richard Beeman is interested in filling this position as Vice President.  The group will vote to replace this position at the next meeting.  The position is open.

8.           Adjourn, network, share informally:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 PM.