Mental Health Legislation Proposed in Arizona

Help & Hope for YOUth has issued an official statement of support for Senate Bill 1376 currently being heard in the Arizona Legislature, which if passed would require mental health instruction to be included in health curricula for our K-12 schools. This has been one of the goals of our Advocacy & Policy Task Force, and following conversations with legislators, we are pleased that Senator Bowie has introduced this bill in the Senate while a mirror of the bill, House Bill 2656, has been introduced in the House by Representative Hernandez. Briana, one of Youth Task Force members, also testified and advocated for herself and for other youth in support of Senate Bill 1376. You can add your support for these bills by registering on Request to Speak.


Be prepared to be heard on youth mental health issues with the Arizona Legislature. 

I'm glad to know that you guys are there to help others and are actually doing a movement!
— Ending the Silence Student Participant

During the legislative session Help & Hope for YOUth may send out periodic alerts about proposed legislation that affects young people’s health and education. If you are already registered to speak, you’ll be able to submit comments to the committee hearing a particular bill.  Learn how to register to speak and find bills being considered by the state legislature by watching a 6 minute Youtube video.   We encourage anyone who wants to have a voice at the state level to watch this video and register.



The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) advocates nationally for a variety of issues related to mental illness, including protecting people’s access to treatment and services, attaining mental health parity and securing better funding for research. Sign up to receive legislative alerts and join NAMI members throughout the country in promoting policy to help those with mental illness.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: advocates for the civil rights, full inclusion and equality of adults and children with mental disabilities through litigation and public policy advocacy.


The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has an Office of Individual and Family Affairs that works with family members and the community to make sure their voices are heard at the state level. OIFA offers many resources for you to be your own advocate, and information on how to file a formal complaint. You can also provide feedback on your experience in the AHCCCS system--the biggest challenge you and/or someone you know faces when accessing services.

Arizona Council on Human Services: Information on child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health legislative issues.

Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO): an inclusive and nonpartisan alliance of health and human service agencies, faith-based communities, and advocacy networks to protect the vulnerable.

Children’s Action Alliance works to improve children’s health, education, and security through information and action.

Arizona League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Arizona Community Action Association (name changed to Wildfire)  is dedicated to community action to alleviate poverty.