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Suicide Mortality Review Team

In March 2020, in an effort to reduce suicide rates among Arizonans, Governor Ducey signed into law a measure, known as Jake’s law, to improve access to mental healthcare in Arizona, especially for youth and the uninsured. The law was named for 15-year-old Jake Machovsky who died by suicide in 2016 after his insurance company denied a request for mental health treatment. One aspect of the new law resulted in the creation of a Suicide Mortality Review Team.

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Success Stories September 2022

Read the real stories of how the Be Connected Support Line team has helped Arizona veterans thrive.

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Consumer Participation on Scientific Review Panels

In March 2020, in an effort to reduce suicide rates among Arizonans, Governor Ducey signed into law a measure, known as Jake’s law, to improve access to mental healthcare in Arizona, especially for youth and the uninsured. The law was named for 15-year-old Jake Machovsky who died by suicide in 2016 after his insurance company denied a request for mental health treatment. One aspect of the new law resulted in the creation of a Suicide Mortality Review Team.

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Upstream Approach to Suicide Prevention

Our upstream approach means we seek to connect with people “upstream” before an issue or problem worsens into a crisis that can lead to suicide. We work to tackle the issues today so that they don’t turn into life-threatening situations that can cause people to think of suicide as an option.

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13 Years of Sharing Arizona’s Innovation

This August marks 13 years since the founding of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families! Continuing in our tradition of showcasing Arizona’s innovation, an Arizona team traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in an Innovations Conference for the Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

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Community Partnership in Action: Support Service Dogs

September is National Service Dog Month, so we thought it was a perfect time to share this amazing story of how the Be Connected program was able to make a community connection that benefitted veterans and their service dogs.

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Success Stories August 2022

Read the real stories of how the Be Connected Support Line team has helped Arizona veterans thrive.

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Partner Spotlight: Operation Enduring Gratitude

Operation Enduring Gratitude (OEG) is a Be Connected Partner that helps veterans with mobility challenges who have difficulty entering and exiting their homes.

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The Arizona Coalition for Military Families at 10 Years

On August 19, 2009, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) was launched to build support for all who serve. Ten years later, in 2019, ACMF celebrated the milestone of being recognized as the longest-serving statewide veteran collective impact initiative in the country.

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Veteran Receives New A/C Unit

Rosemarie and Richard St. Michael have been living with a run down air conditioning unit for more than a decade. “We have been here for twelve years and almost every month the AC is to have repairs and always breaks down. It was always hot in the house – over 105 degrees. Even after the repair, it was 83 degrees,” …

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