Step Up AZ 2018

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Tempe AZ 2100 S. Priest Dr. 85282


  • Two day summit and awards dinner ticket for Award Honoree.
  • Provides registration for two day summit including Thursday evening awards dinner.
  • One ticket to the awards dinner and ceremony on August 23 5pm - 8pm.
  • Provides registration for 2 day Summit including Awards Dinner

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

Important notice:  Due to Flood damage at the Embassy Suites the location of the Step Up AZ Summit has been changed to the DoubleTree Phoenix, Tempe 2100 S Priest Dr. Tempe  85282   The Doubletree is 3.5 miles from the original Embassy location.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will be able to join us this week at the DoubleTree Tempe for Step Up AZ 2018.  No changes will occur to times on agenda.  To make your new reservation at DoubleTree call  480-967-1441 and use the Group code DHA  or reserve a room online  

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More information on making your new reservation can be found on this page following the agenda.

David's Hope - Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition invites you to join in our 2018 Step Up Arizona Campaign and two day Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit, being held August 23 - 24 in Tempe.  We invite you to help us create momentum by joining with us to honor this year's David's Hope award nominees, who have served their communities, through their work at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice.  Honor Law Enforcement Officers for outstanding service to individuals in mental health crisis as well as Judicial Officers and Community Members for outstanding leadership in mental health criminal justice collaboration.  Summit registration will include your ticket to the August 23 awards dinner and ceremony, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.   Summit registration ends August 17th.  Awards dinner registration ends August 19th. 

Join with criminal justice and mental health stakeholders from across Arizona, as we come together to improve public safety.  Be an active participant, representing 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, communities of faith, public officials, veterans, peers, family members and all concerned community members to converge for a time of learning, sharing and development.  Engage with county leaders and participate in strengthening Arizona's adoption of the practice and principles of the Stepping Up Initiative. Together with your involvement, we will be able to further develop the initiative's implementation throughout our state.  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. You can learn more about the Stepping Up Initiative at

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. Registration for Step Up AZ 2018 ends August 15.

Our deep appreciation to Step Up AZ's 2018 Platinum Sponsors 

Arizona Complete Health  formerly Cenpatico Integrated Care 

Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Silver Sponsor - Mercy Care

Bronze Sponsors - Community Health Associates, District Medical Group, Janssen, The NARBHA Institute and Terros Health

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  View full bio here

                           Major Sam Cochran bio and pic       

Two day summit registration includes continental breakfast, buffet 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 - 8:00 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 by Community Members 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.   

Awards dinner sign in for those not attending the summit begins at 4:30 pm, Thursday August 23.

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

Our distinguished speakers, panelists and moderators will include: Kara Ahearn - Community Health Associates,  Pat Benchik - Independent Behavioral Health Consultant,  retired Major Sam Cochran - Founder of Crisis Intervention Teams,  Shelley Curran - Court Services Administrator Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care,  Edward Gilligan - Cochise County Administrator,  Justice Andrew Gould of the Arizona Supreme Court,  Kerry Hyatt - AZ Dept of Corrections.  Maria Johnson - Horizon Health and Wellness,  Mik Jordahl - City Prosecutor, Cottonwood and Clarkdale, AZ,  Kate Lawson - Pima County Attorney's Office,  Scott Mascher - Yavapai County Sheriff,  Michael Mitchell - Maricopa County Attorney's Office,  Jason Moore - Navajo County Attorney's Office,  Sam Nagy -  Community Partners Inc.,   Dr. Dawn Noggle - Mental Health Director Correctional Health Services,  Maricopa County Jail,  Paul O'Connell - AZ Dept. of Corrections, Dr. Carol Olson - Chair of Psychiatry, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems,  Paul Penzone - Maricopa County Sheriff,  Paula Perrera - Pima County Attorney's Office,  Sheila Polk - Yavapai County Attorney,  Sgt. Cory Runge - Flagstaff Police Dept.,  Nastassia Walsh - Program Manager National Association of Counties

August 23

8 am  Registration and Exhibitor tables open  Continental breakfast.

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

9:15 am  Invocation

9:25 am  Paul Penzone, Maricopa County Sheriff

9:50 am  Andrew Gould, Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court

10:40 Break

11:00 am Major Sam Cochran

12:20 -1:15 pm  Buffet Style Lunch  

1:15 - 1:30 pm   Pat Benchik former assistant director of AZ Dept of Behavioral Health Services & retired CEO Connections AZ

1:30 - 3:00 pm  Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment, Regional Overview by representatives of counties statewide

3:00 - 3:15 pm  Wrap Up - 

4:30 pm   Awards Dinner Sign In 

5:00 - 8:00 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 

9:20 - 9:40 am  Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney

9:45 - 11:00 am  Panel Discussion -  Sequential Intercept Model, Making it Work  

11:00 - 11:15 am  Break 

11:15 am - 11:40 pm  3 Years after the Call to Action - Paving the Way for the AZ Complete Care Plans  Dr Dawn Noggle - Mental Health Director, Correctional Health Services Maricopa County Jail presents with Shelley Curran, Court Services Administrator - Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care 

11:40 - 12:00 pm  Sam Cochran, Founder of Crisis Intervention Teams

12:00 - 1:00 pm  Buffet Style Lunch  

1:00 - 2:30 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.  

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Wrap Up

Due to the venue location change, new reservations are required at the Doubletree.  Call 480-967-1441 to place your reservation. Your previous room rate will be guaranteed.  Be sure to mention your Group Code DHA.  You can also make your reservation online using Group Code DHA  to secure your DoubleTree reservation at 

DoubleTree Phoenix Tempe Make a Reservation  

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe  Tel 480-967-1441

2100 S. Priest Drive Tempe, Arizona 85282

  • A group block has been arranged at the Doubletree Hotel Tempe honoring the previously negotiated rate of $89.00  
  • (For your security, the Embassy Suites cannot provide your personal information nor cancel your reservation without your permission) The Embassy Suites will reach out to all summit registrants who have made reservations for lodging on Monday and make sure your reservations have been taken care of.
  •  If you prefer, the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe will honor your reservation and shuttle you to the event. To cancel your prior Embassy reservation call Embassy Suites 480-897-7444

 Gratitude to our Community Partners

 Crisis Response Network  and  Steward Health Choice Integrated Care

You are invited to consider Step Up AZ 2018 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   Sponsor packet F 2018 Step Up.pdf

Congratulations to our David's Hope 2018 Crisis Response Officer of Distinction Award Winners

Captain Don Bischoff           Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ashley Campbell      Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. William Carlson               Gila County Sheriff's Office

Officer Marissa Dowhan        Phoenix Police Department

Deputy Brandon Ellerbe       Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Kevin Hudspeth         Sedona Police Department

Sgt. Justin Hughes                 Goodyear Police Department

Officer David Jansen              Scottsdale Police Department

Officer Gus Kostas                  Phoenix Police Department

Officer Mylen Lubkar              Phoenix Police Department

Sheriff Paul Penzone              Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Mark Rine                    Phoenix Police Department

Sgt. Ben Scott                         Prescott Police Department

Officer Rowdy Scott                Cottonwood Police Department

Deputy Ethan Stover              Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Brian Williamson           Bullhead City Police Department

Congratulations to our 2018 Mental Health Criminal Justice Collaboration Award winners.

2018 Judicial Officer Award winners  

County Attorney Sheila Polk - Yavapai County 

Judge John Napper - Yavapai County

Judge Susan Shetter - Tucson City Court

2018 Max Dine Advocacy Award winner

Kathy Bashor, who currently serves as Bureau Chief - Office of Individual and Family Affairs/AHCCCS. 

2018 Community Member award winners

Arthur Jackson and Terry McDermott, Mental Health Advocates and accomplished presenters with In Our Own Voice - National Alliance on Mental Illness, Valley of the Sun. 

April Rhodes CEO - Spectrum Healthcare 

MaryEllen Sheppard - formerly with Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and most recently Assistant County Manager and Justice System Coordinator, Maricopa County.

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