Saturday, September 14, 2013
at Joel D. Valdez Main library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Coffee/refreshments at 9:30 a.m., program 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
A panel discussion entitled “Mental Health, Is the Outreach in Our Community Better After the Jan. 8 Tragedy?” for monthly meeting of League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson
Panelists, who will discuss what changes have occurred in the last two years, providing an up-to-date understanding of what is occurring at the national, state and local levels, include Vanessa Seaney, chief operating officer, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. (CPSA) is the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Pima County.
Also, serving on the panel is Danna Whiting, administrator, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), Pima County, which collaborates with various service agencies and works together on community initiatives to improve the quality of care. Victoria Steele, Arizona State Representative (District 9) will round out the panel. Steele and Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr (District 9) were successful in getting $250,000 appropriated for Mental Health First Aid In the state budget.
The program provides training to the general public on how to recognize when someone is having a mental health crisis and how to intervene appropriately.
More info at website: www.lwvgt.org.
The program is free and open to the public. There is free parking in the Library Underground Garage, off Alameda Street, as well on the surface streets.
Our Tucson/Southern AZ community was greatly affected by the mass shooting on January 8, 2011 which injured then CD 8 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and 18 other civilians. Clearly the shooter Jared Lee Loughner was mentally ill, but unable to receive proper counseling. Attend this forum to find out what has changed in over two and a half years since that Tucson Tragedy.