Since 2015, we’ve been committed to helping the vulnerable mentally ill.

  • Assisted in advocacy efforts and joined other families in Washington D.C. to support the passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (2015).

  • Spoke at the first Parents for Care dinner and was invited to attend as a family member the Symposium on Schizophrenia hosted by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (2015).

  • Co-authored and advocated successfully for Arizona’s Resolution, SCR1005, Recognizing the Rights of Family Members, Caregivers and Guardians of Individuals with a Serious Mental Illness (2016).

  • Advocated successfully for the passage of bills in the Arizona legislature that seek to enhance communication between health care providers and family members as well as improving overall transparency (2016)

  • Served on former Gilbert, AZ Mayor John Lewis’s Behavioral Health & Substance Use Task Force. As a member of this task force, we assisted in developing and implementing Crisis Care Team training for faith groups (2015-16). We continue to host training events.
  • Chaired and organized the conference Moving Toward Families at Risk with Confidence and Compassion in Gilbert, AZ (2016).

  • Member of US Congressman Matt Salmon’s Mental Health Taskforce Subcommittee (2015-2016).

  • Assisted in the development of the East Valley Behavioral Health Coalition. Served as Chair for two years (2017-19).

  • We pray for and connect families every year to vital resources.

  • Founding member of the Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill. Served as Board member 2018-2022.

  • Co-sponsored the conference, Mental Illness and Addictions: What Does the Gospel Have to Do With It? This event featured author and speaker Ed Welch with CCEF. Over 30 Christian churches were represented with over 200 attendees from around the state of Arizona (2019).

  • Started a Christian based Caregiver Support Group (early 2020).

  • Leading the effort to ask the state of Arizona to provide a tax incentive for employers who hire people with serious mental illness in the I Have Purpose campaign (2019-present).

  • Appointment to first of its kind Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council in October 2021 to present.

  • Recipient of the Arizona Psychiatric Society’s Mental Health Public Service Award for 2022.

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