Arizona Peer and Family Member Coalition
Activities and Accomplishments
We developed and are delivering a leadership training that prepares peers and family members to be participants in committees and boards in various sectors of the system including in RBHA and state level groups. Since we have been delivering this training, we have developed a pool of trained persons who have been placed on committees and boards. Further, we have more candidates from various backgrounds and parts of the state who are prepared for these roles.
Contract to Place Peers, Youth and Family Members on Mercy Maricopa Committees
The AZ Peer and Family Coalition has entered into a contract with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC), the organization selected to be the new Maricopa RBHA, to recruit, train and support Peers, Youth and Family Members on the various MMIC committees. When this process is complete, 68 slots will have been filled.
Advocated for Revision of AZ Statutes to remove objectionable language.
During the 2012-2013 legislative session, AZPFC advocated for the introduction and passage of a HB 2066 which removed objectionable language that defined a “person with a serious mental illness.”
Developed a Position Paper on the Arnold v Sarn Law Suit
In 2012, AZPFC developed a position paper on the Arnold v Sarn Law Suit. In that paper, we took the position that it was time for the suit to end. We believe that there is a robust and genuine partnership between peers, family members and the system and that partnership makes it no longer necessary for there to be court supervision of the system.
In addition to the above accomplishments, we are currently working to expand the coalition’s reach by engaging with various peer run organizations in Arizona. We are offering to provide leadership training as part of a strategy to increase peers and family members involvement in the issues and challenges of the Arizona Behavioral Health System.
We have also obtained an internet based connection to allow for video and telephonic participation in our monthly membership meetings. This allows persons across the state to participate in our meetings. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 PM.