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 http://www.stepuptogether.org
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
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
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
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
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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
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.