Step Up AZ 2018

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, August 24, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Tempe 4400 S. Rural Rd. Tempe AZ 85282


  • Two day summit and awards dinner ticket for Award Honoree and one guest.
  • Dinner and Awards Ceremony Thursday August 23, 5:00-8:00pm
  • 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.

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.  Early Bird registration ends July 1st.  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.  Award winners will be announced July 1st.  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.  Nomination must be received no later than June 15.  Summit registration will include your ticket to the August 23 awards dinner and ceremony, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.    

Join with criminal justice and mental health stakeholders from across Arizona, as we come together to improve pubic 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 

Cenpatico Integrated Care 

Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Bronze Sponsors -  District Medical Group, Janssen and The NARBHA Institute

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, 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.

Summit and Awards Dinner 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

Our distinguished speakers, panelists and moderators will include: 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,  Kate Lawson - Pima County Attorney's Office,  Scott Mascher - Yavapai County Sheriff,  Dawn Noggle - Mental Health Director Correctional Health Services,  Maricopa County Jail,  Carol Olson - Director Desert Vista Hospital,  Paul Penzone - Maricopa County Sheriff,  Sheila Polk - Yavapai County Attorney,  David Rhodes - Chief Deputy Yavapai County Sheriff's Office,  Beya Thayer - Justice System Liaison Steward Health Choice Integrated Care  Additions TBA

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 - 3:00 pm   Pat Benchik former assistant director of AZ Dept of Behavioral Health Services & retired CEO Connections AZ

Court Ordered Evaluation and Treatment, Regional Overview

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  Courts - Hospital / Jail  Diversion  Stepping Up in Intercept 3,  

11:00 - 11:15 am  Break 

11:15 am - 11:40 pm  Effective Interventions -  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

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 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

We invite you to share our Step Up AZ 2018 summit flyer with your friends and colleagues.  This flyer does include a link to our registration page. 

                                        Step Up AZ Flyer 2018.pdf

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