Step Up Arizona 2018

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Tempe


  • Two day summit and awards dinner ticket for Award Honoree and one guest.
  • Provides registration for two day summit including Thursday evening awards dinner.
  • Provides registration for 2 day Summit including Awards Dinner
  • Dinner and Awards Ceremony Thursday August 23, 5-7:30pm

No paper ticket required, simply sign in by name at the door.

Registration for Step Up Arizona 2018 ends Wednesday August 15.  David's Hope 2018 Award Winners will be announced July 15.

Join with criminal justice and mental health stakeholders from across Arizona as we come together to improve pubic safety.  Be an active participant from your community and share with county leaders statewide your successes and challenges in reducing the number of people with mental illness and addiction who are incarcerated.  We invite criminal justice / mental health professionals, public officials, peers, family members and all concerned community members to converge for a time the learning, sharing and development.  Engage with county leaders to put a handle on the principles and practices being used to promote and implement the national Stepping Up Initiative throughout Arizona.  We invite you to join us in bringing together city, county and state leaders for the purpose of improving public safety and growing collaboration at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice.

Thank you to Arizona Psychiatric Society, Arizona Sheriff's Association, Arizona Association of Counties, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arizona and the national Stepping Up Initiative for their endorsement of Step Up Arizona 2017.  Appreciation to Kathy Bashor, AHCCCS Office of Individual and Family Affairs, for her ongoing efforts to increase collaboration of mental health criminal justice stakeholders statewide.

Our keynote speaker will be Major Sam Cochran.  Major Sam Cochran (ret.) is nationally known for his work developing the CIT model.  He was the Coordinator of the Memphis Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which started in 1988 from an outpouring of community partnerships.  He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He retired from the Memphis Police Department after 33 years of service which include numerous assignments including Coordinator of the Memphis Hostage Negotiation Team.  Retiring in 2008, Major Cochran joined the University of Memphis as a CIT Project Grant Coordinator and as Coordinator of the CIT Center.  Major Cochran is passionately engaged in many services promoting CIT as a community program – more than just training.   In addition to receiving the City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement News Person of the Year Award (2000), the National Alliance on Mental Illness named an annual law enforcement advocacy award after Major Cochran.  Major Cochran is currently serving as Chairperson for CIT International 

Two day summit registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks both days. Awards Dinner on Thursday is also included. Early bird prices available through July 1.

On Thursday August 23,  5:00 - 7:30 pm we will be hosting our Law Enforcement  and Mental Health Criminal Justice Collaboration Awards Dinner. Your summit registration also includes the awards dinner. However, if you are unable to attend the two day summit, yet would like to participate in honoring our 2018 David's Hope award winners, Awards Dinner tickets may also be purchased separately.

Awards will be given in the following three categories;

Mental Health Crisis Response by Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Mental Health Collaboration by Judicial Officers

Criminal Justice Mental Health Advocacy including the Max Dine Advocacy Award

Award winners from across Arizona will be honored for exceptional service in law enforcement, the judiciary and mental health criminal justice advocacy. David's Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition is committed to recognizing the work of our community members who are playing a critical role in the decriminalization of mental illness. Nominations must be received no later than July 1, 2018.  

Awards dinner will be held on Thursday Aug 23, 5:00 - 7:30 pm.  Sign in 4:30 pm.

Registration closes August 15.

2 Day Summit ticket including awards dinner   $175 Early Bird    $200 after July 1

Awards Dinner ticket  $60 Early Bird   $75 after July 1

CLE's for attorneys

August 23

Our distinguished speakers, panelists and moderators will include:  TBA

8 am  Registration and Exhibitor tables open  Continental breakfast.

9 am  Welcome and event overview, Mary Lou Brncik, Director, David's Hope

9:20 am  Kick off speaker

9:50 am  Speaker TBA

10:40 Break

11:00 am Major Sam Cochran

12:20 -1:15 pm  Buffet Style Lunch   

1:15 - 3:00 pm   Arizona County Engagement  Stepping Up Implementation Panel

3:00 - 3:15 pm  Wrap Up - 

4:30 pm   Awards Dinner Sign In 

5:00 - 7:45 pm  David's Hope Awards Dinner  Speaker-  Sheriff Scott Mascher,  Yavapai County Sheriff and President of Western States Sheriffs Association

August 24

8 am  Continental breakfast

9 am  Welcome 

9:10 - 9:30 am  Speaker TBA

9:30 - 10:30 am  Speaker TBA

10:30 - 10:45 am  Break 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm  Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment, Regional Overview

12:15 - 1:00 pm  Buffet Style Lunch  

1:00 - 1:50 pm   Courts - Hospital / Jail   Stepping Up in Intercept 3,  

2:00 - 2:50 pm   Speaker Tables -  Participants sit with speaker of choice and engage in one on one sharing, Q & A.  Rotate to sit with various speakers as desired.  

2:50 -3 pm   Wrap Up  

Hotel - Embassy Suites Tempe  4400 S. Rural Rd.  Tempe, AZ  85282

For $89 per night special group rate, need to book by August 1st.

 Register with the link below.

 or call Embassy - 480-897-7444 and mention code SUA

At Embassy you will enjoy the following


  • Spacious  Two Room Suites including a microwave and refrigerator
  • Sofa Bed in Parlor Area
  • Two 37” Flat Screen Tv’s
  • Newly renovated hotel with new lobby, restaurant and meeting space
  • Daily Complimentary Full Cooked to Order Breakfast
  • Daily Complimentary Two Hour Evening Reception (5:30pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Urban Craft Restaurant and Lounge featuring innovative American Favorites
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Honors Points and Miles Program
  • Outdoor Resort Style Pool
  • Fitness Center Featuring Leading-Edge Cardio and Resistance Training Equipment from Precor
  • 24-hour Business Center with Complimentary internet


  • Complimentary Internet in Guestrooms
  • Complimentary Parking

 Gratitude to our Sponsors:  TBA

   You are invited to consider event sponsorship in honor of your family, loved one or organization.

Platinum - Gold -  Silver -  Bronze level sponsors are needed. David's Hope is an entirely volunteer run organization. Your sponsorship will enable us to stay on course in increasing access to treatment for those with mental illness and addictions.  Sponsorship packet is available at   David's Hope Sponsor Package Summit 2018 (7) (2).pdf

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