Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

transforming lives and communites through better human services, policies, and practices


News and Initiatives

PHOENIX – A high proportion of persons who encounter the criminal justice system have experienced past or ongoing trauma, which can disrupt lives and affect behavior, perception and mental state. Recognizing that fact, and preparing law enforcement personnel with trauma-informed policies and practices, can increase safety, reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for all concerned.

Many individuals who are homeless also experience mental illness and/or substance use disorder. In his February 12 Night of the Open Door talk, Dr. Shafer explored the intersection between our nation’s healthcare delivery system and homelessness, including the potential impact of healthcare reform — and of approaches to housing first and treating addiction and mental illness second. 

Behavioral health care staff and clients fight an uphill battle across the state, facing housing and prevention shortfalls, quality and customer service problems, and regional shortages in crisis and transportation services. Such are the conclusions of a report released Wednesday by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University.

Events and Trainings

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:00am to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
502 E. Monroe, Bldg. C., MERCC350, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
340 N Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, Arizona 85745