Honorees of the 2017 Arizona Behavioral Health Awards

Behavioral Health Honorees 2017

Kathy Bashor, Leadership in Advocacy Award

Kathy Bashor serves as Manager of the Office of Individual and Family Affairs at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) - Department of Health Care Advocacy and Advancement. She earned a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University and holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. She is a Certified Practitioner Trainer on Readiness Assessment - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Model through Boston University and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management-Group Crisis Intervention. She is the founder of Arizona Dialogues, which is designed to reduce stigma and increase community inclusion of persons having behavioral health challenges and is co-chair of the Arizona Stigma Reduction Initiative. Ms. Bashor is a staunch advocate of peer and family-driven care in the behavioral health system. Her can-do spirit has resulted in the strengthening of peer and family voice, assess to care, and choice in services throughout the behavioral health system. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences, has had numerous papers on Stigma published in journals, and is a recognized national, community, and peer leader.

Michael Franczak, Legacy Award

Michael Franczak currently serves as the Chief of Operations for the Marc Community Resources in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Franczak has been involved in Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Development Disability services in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Arizona for the past 40 years. Dr. Franczak has served as an expert witness in many landmark cases concerning mental health and mental retardation and serves as an expert to the US Department of Justice. Dr. Franczak has been the primary investigator on numerous grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration including Housing Approaches for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness, Jail Diversion for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness, Integrated Substance Abuse Mental Health Treatment Models System of Care Practices for Children and Adolescents and Substance Abuse Services for Adolescents.  

Peggy Chase, Leadership in Services Award

Peggy J. Chase is President and CEO of Terros Health, a growing integrated, whole health care company that has been helping Arizonans on their recovery journeys since 1969.  Terros Health is an industry leader in substance use disorder treatment; counseling and recovery services for those challenged with mental illness; family and adolescent in-home and outpatient counseling; mobile crisis response services; HIV testing and treatment; and community prevention. Ms. Chase has been a progressive health care leader and innovator for 30 years. Her commitment to service leadership has positively impacted health care and behavioral health public policy through her participation on local, state, and national boards and committees. Recognized as a health management expert, she is often called on by other health care leaders and state agencies for her expertise on how to achieve successful outcomes.  With an extensive background in finance and operations, she served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of several companies. She also was a leader at a Regional Behavioral Health Authority, which oversaw the services and funding for Pinal and Gila counties. Ms. Chase holds a degree in social work from Arizona State University. 

Benjamin Runkle, Cultural Heritage Award

Benjamin C. Runkle currently holds the position of Associate General Counsel for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the government agency responsible for administering the Medicaid and behavioral health programs for the State of Arizona.  Mr. Runkle began his legal career representing criminal defense clients for Gallagher & Kennedy and later accepted an appointment as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Arizona Attorney General.  Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Runkle worked as a police officer and firefighter/paramedic in Indiana.


About the Awards

The Arizona Behavioral Health Awards was established by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy to recognize concerned citizens, clinical leaders, policymakers and individuals who have dedicated themselves to behavioral health services in Arizona communities.

Awards are presented in five categories:

The Legacy Award recognizes the career of a behavioral health leader.

The Cultural Heritage Award recognizes an individual or agency that has brought cultural distinction to the behavioral health field.

The Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes an individual who has championed policies that enhance behavioral health services in Arizona.

The Legislative Leadership Award recognizes an elected official who has helped strengthen allocation from behavioral health services.

The Leadership in Services Award recognizes an individual who has excelled in the provision of behavioral health services.

Since its inception in 2005, the Arizona Behavioral Health Award has been presented to 44 individuals and agencies throughout the state for their significant contributions to improvements in, access to and impact of behavioral health care. The recipients reflect the highest standard of quality in the delivery of publicly funded behavioral health services to Arizonans.

A story detailing last year’s awardees is available here: ASU Announces 2016 Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Honorees