All forums are free of charge and will begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm and will be located in the DuVal Auditorium at Banner University Medical Center (1501 N Campbell Avenue). The DuVal Auditorium is located on the hospital's main level, just right of the main lobby. Enter through the main doors and go immediately to the right.
Parking is available at the lot south of the main entrance to the hospital for $1.50 per hour. There is free parking after 5pm a little farther south on Helen Street.
For questions or more information call (520) 306-1933.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS
Francisco A. Moreno, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry College of Medicine Tucson Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion The University of Arizona Health Sciences Dr. Moreno is Tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. He has been conducting research in biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. His work has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Private Foundations, and Collaborations with Industry. He has supervised and mentored a number of interdisciplinary students, residents, research fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Moreno serves as Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, supporting, and promoting efforts by our campus community to increase the breadth and depth of diversity in the health workforce; promote a climate of inclusion; and support curricular content to address the needs of our increasingly diverse population.
David Delawder, CRSS, CPRP Dave began working in healthcare in 2009 after being a service recipient in the public behavioral health systems. His education as a peer provider was through the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine where he worked as a Health Mentor in a Health and Wellness Program. Dave also joined the Arizona Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (AAPRP) and then passed the exam for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential which is administered by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA). He was elected to become the Arizona Chapter Representative of AAPRP to PRA in 2014. Dave has also worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona (NAMISA) as the Program Director of all education, support and advocacy NAMISA provides to the Tucson community. This is where Dave aligned NAMI National signature programs into reimbursable Medicaid services to enhance NAMI Southern Arizona’s ability to serve more people while diversifying funding streams. He also compiled and developed an AZ State Certified Peer Support Specialist curriculum enhancing the Peer to Peer Mentor curriculum of NAMI National. In January of 2016 Dave accepted a position at the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine Integrated Healthcare Recovery Support Specialist Institute-Workforce Development Program. He also was elected to the NAMI Southern Arizona Board of Directors in early 2016 and then was elected as the Board President of NAMI Southern Arizona. Dave also serves on the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council administered through the Arizona Center for Disability Law and lastly, Dave is a co-founder of the Arizona Alliance of Peer Supports, a group dedicated to peer support in Arizona.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 MENTAL ILLNESS AND YOUTH
Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD Department of Psychiatry U of A, College of Medicine Dr. Harrison-Monroe is Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has been a faculty member for the past twelve years. Dr. Harrison-Monroe is the Director of Community Outreach & Clinical Development for the Department of Psychiatry and is responsible for the development educational initiatives that enhance the understanding of behavioral health and reduce the perception of stigma within underserved communities on a local and statewide basis. She is also Director of the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter), where she oversees clinical services for individuals in the early stages of psychotic illness and their families. For the past 3 years, Dr. Harrison-Monroe has also provided counseling services within the College of Medicine assisting medical students in managing severe stressors, both personal and academic. Dr. Harrison-Monroe maintains a private practice providing individual, couples and family therapy and is a frequently invited guest speaker on topics including multicultural counseling, child development, forensic mental health, as well as public healthcare policy and its effect on at-risk populations. She is an active member of the community and serves on numerous Boards, including the Pima County Crime Victims Compensation Board, the National Alliance of Mental Illness – Southern Arizona (NAMI-SA), Interfaith Community Services (ICS), and The Haven. Prior to moving to Tucson in 2002 with her husband, she was Assistant Commissioner with the New York City Department of Mental Health and was honored for her service in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Columbia University, New York.
Ann Lettes, M.D. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Ann Lettes has worked with mentally ill children since 1973, and after an undergraduate degree in Human Development she completed Medical School, a Pediatric Internship, General Psychiatry Residency, and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Ann practiced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Tucson from August 1990 to June 2017, in a variety of settings. Mood Disorders in children became a particular interest in 1995 when her 8 year old son was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. With NAMI Southern Arizona she has been involved in a Friends and Family Support Group, served on the Board of Directors, participated several years as a NAMIwalks team captain, and presented on panels and lectures.
Marsi Quigley NAMI Board Member and Volunteer Parent Marsi Quigley slowly moved West by way of New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. After 45 years in the public sector as a budget/fiscal analyst and Village Administrator, she recently retired from the U of A Budget Office. Marsi got involved with NAMISA after taking the Family to Family class and realizing how beneficial it would have been years earlier. She is a parent of a young adult with mental illness. She joined the Board to help promote the mission of NAMISA in any way she can. She feels that public awareness through education is key to understanding mental health conditions and reducing the stigma surrounding them. Marsi is a presenter for two NAMI programs: Ending the Silence and Parents and Teachers as Allies. She participates in the Heart to Heart program and attends a Family and Friends Support Group. She was the top individual fundraisers for the 2017 NAMI Walk.
Angel Allen Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator, Volunteer Angel Allendale is an Arizona desert girl who has wandered the world, launching into each new experience with frenetic energy to embrace enough change that she doesn’t need to focus on the roiling storm within her. Those moments of clarity and acceptance are slaughtered by the next dive into the fathoms of the mind. Writing fantastical worlds, beginning at age 11, was an exquisite escape from the tempest inside her. The connection between artistic affinities and madness is well documented. There are many ways that writers with mental illness can be textbook – “they” find escape in writing because they can make the world of words make more sense than the thoughts in their heads. It has ever been Angel’s intention to be a good role model for the girls – ages 3-18 – that she has coached at elite soccer clubs, but she especially tried to reach the teenagers, the girls the same age as Kýrie Kylkynne in the Absolute Series. The message that they are not alone, that they are valued, that they are capable of triumphing over great trials, is something she tries to embed in every practice and every coach-athlete bond. (Jordan L., Hannah S., Emily P., especially…) Her mental illness experience started young…sports and academics were two of the passions that saved her over and over and over…as well as the Inner Universe of Aalenstar that she has written in the Absolute Series. Angel’s passion for the mental wellbeing of women and girls has led her to work within diverse populations and objectives; such as, with youth on a Native American reservation, nuns in Belgium, orphanages in Mexico, mental health centers in Morocco, high school students in Taiwan, and soccer clubs in North Carolina. Her college academics combined International Studies, Psychology, and the Middle East to arm her with tools for community development and cross-cultural connections. Angel continues to work in this field with development entrepreneurs in East Africa who are seeking to confront poverty in innovative and passionate ways. Angel lives in Arizona with her Siberian Husky, Jasmyn, near dear family and dozens of cousins, but she is a wild spirit of the world, picking up languages and nuances of new cultures every moment that that she can. She enjoys taking Jasmyn longboarding surrounded by cactus and creosote under desert moonbeams that paint the desert with waxen black-white-grey dreams. Her family has an offroad race team in a community of reckless abandon. They travel and explore. They discover and grow.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 MENTAL ILLNESS AND GERIATRICS
Ole J. Thienhaus, MD, MBA, FACPsych Department Head, Psychiatry Professor, Psychiatry Prior to joining the University Arizona, Dr. Thienhaus was with the Unversity of Nevada. He previously served as chief clinical officer of University Hospital Cincinnati with the University of Cincinnati, associate professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He also was a psychiatric consultant to the Cincinnati V.A. Medical Center. He has been a visiting professor at Phramongkutklao College of Medicine, Bangkok, and the University of Chang Mai School of Medicine, Chang Mai, Thailand; and the University of Kyrgyzstan College of Medicine in Bishkek. Dr. Thienhaus serves as a senior examiner for specialty board examinations and as a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also is a consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Hospital Accreditation Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is an ad hoc study section reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (epidemiology) and the National Institute of Mental Health (geriatrics).
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 MENTAL ILLNESS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
Kate Lawson DTAP Program Director Pima County Attorney's Office Kate Lawson specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice, with experience in both the legal and behavioral health field. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Business with an emphasis in criminal justice. Kate got her start conducting behavioral health research on maximum security inmates in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Kate has also worked with Pima County Government as a Criminal Justice Policy Analyst in the Integrated Health System. In 2007, Kate helped Pima County launch it first jail-based Restoration to Competency Program. As the Program Manager, Kate worked with the program’s staff to provide excellent services while saving county taxpayers over $1 million in the first year alone. In her position as the Criminal Justice Manager for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Southern Arizona, CPSA, she worked closely with the community behavioral health providers, law enforcement, courts, jail, and community organizations to improve outcomes for the mentally ill and increase public safety. Since 2009, Kate has been the co-facilitator for the Southern Arizona Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, a 40-hour in-service for law enforcement on behavioral health, crisis, and de-escalation skills, that provides approximately 200 hours of law enforcement training throughout the year. As of 2015, Kate has trained over 1,000 Southern Arizona peace officers in CIT. Kate is currently the Program Director of the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP) program with the Pima County Attorney’s Offices under the direction of the County Attorney, Barbara LaWall. Only the second program of its kind in the country, the DTAP program takes high-risk, high-need substance addicted individuals with prison-mandatory felony charges and instead sends them to residential treatment, provides wraparound services like housing and job support, and intensive supervise on. The program has had a consistent success rate of 70% throughout its five years in operation.
Sgt. Jill Isley Pima County Sheriff's Department Mental Health Support Team Sgt. Jill Isely has been with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years. Prior to promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2009, she served in various assignments including Patrol, and Criminal Investigations. During her tenure as a detective, she was assigned to various units including Community Problems, Auto Theft, Robbery, Officer Involved Shooting Team and served nearly ten years as a detective in the Homicide Unit. After promoting to Sergeant, she has served as a first line supervisor in Patrol, Special Operations, and the Criminal Investigations Divisions. She is currently the Sergeant over the Mental Health Support Unit. Other duties and responsibilities include Lead Sergeant of the Pima Regional SWAT Crisis Negotiations Team, Co-Sergeant for the PCSD Peer Support Team and Co-Sergeant of the PCSD Child Abduction Response Team.
Sgt. Jason Winskey Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team Sergeant Jason Winsky is the supervisor of the Tucson Police Department Mental Health Investigative Support Team. The team is dedicated to interacting with the persons in crisis throughout Tucson, Arizona, and Pima County at large. On a yearly basis, this team interacts with hundreds of separate individuals, directing (or re-directing) them back to treatment. In addition, Sergeant Winsky is the co-facilitator of the Pima County Regional Crisis Intervention Team Training. He is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 MENTAL ILLNESS AND INCARCERATION
Vicki S. Knight, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist Pima County Adult Detention Center Dr. Knight currently is Chief Psychiatrist at the Pima County Adult Detention Center in Tucson, where she oversees the care of detainees who are Seriously Mentally Ill, as well as others with mental health symptoms or disorders. She was born and raised in Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Ethics from the University of Chicago. She then worked as a paralegal, with a focus on litigation related to healthcare issues; as a Survey Report Analyst for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals; and as a medical ethicist for the American Medical Association, where she served as the staff author of numerous position papers and policy statements involving ethical issues in the practice of medicine. She later graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, then completed a residency program in Psychiatry at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, TX, where she served as Chief Resident. Since coming to Arizona, she has worked at community mental health clinics, in emergency psychiatric crisis centers, at Phoenix Indian Medical Center, and at multiple prison facilities. She has served as the Medical Director of Psychiatry at Marana Behavioral Health, as the Director of the Mood Program at Sierra Tucson, as the Medical Director of Psychiatry for the University of Arizona Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatric units, and now as Chief Psychiatrist at the Pima County jail. She has testified at countless mental health hearings, and she constantly strives to improve the services that are available to individuals with mental health disorders throughout our community.
Danelle B. Liwski Pima County Superior Court Judge Hon. Danelle Liwski was appointed to Division 6 of the Pima County Superior Court bench on April 8, 2011. She served on the family law bench from 2011 to 2014 when she joined the criminal bench. Beginning July of 2015 she added all Pima County criminal competency, criminal mental health court, guilty except insane and sexually violent predator cases to her criminal calendar. As of July, 2017 she will also serve as the Presiding Criminal Judge in Pima County. Prior to the serving on the Pima County Superior Court bench Ms. Liwski served as a hearing officer presiding over juvenile matters, including presiding over juvenile drug court. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Pima County Attorney. Ms. Liwski received her Bachelor’s Degree in business from New Mexico State in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona in 1990. She has been active in the bench and bar with the highlight being the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program.
Sam Nagy, RSS and BHT Sam Nagy is certified as a RSS and BHT. I work for COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CARE COORDINATION (CPCC) on an ACT (ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT) Team as a Peer Support Specialist. Been working in field for over 9 years and receiving services for over 18 years.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 MENTAL ILLNESS AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (THE ROLE OF MEDICATIONS)
Martha Fankhauser MS PHARM, BCPP Martha P. Fankhauser, B.A. Biology, B.S. Pharmacy, M.S. Pharmacy, FASHP, FAzPA, and Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP) specializes in Neuropsychiatric Pharmacy Practice. She completed a neuropsychiatric pharmacy residency program and was a clinical professor from 1982 to 2010 in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, Arizona. She has served as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist for Arizona Smokers’ Helpline at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She is actively involved in promoting psychiatric pharmacy practice through the Arizona Pharmacy Association and helped develop a psychiatric certificate program and a pain management certificate program for pharmacists. Since 2010, she has a private consulting practice and provides guidance and recommendations for individuals who want an assessment of their medications, over-the-counter products, and complementary medicine treatments (www. Martiefankauser.com). Ms. Fankhauser is currently a Medication Management Specialist at SinfoniaRX and works at the Assurance Health and Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Her interests are in preventative health/wellness interventions, polypharmacy and drug interactions, substance use disorders, tobacco cessation, pain management, and nutritional deficiencies.