Kathy Bashor

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.