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Patient deaths at Arizona State Hospital raise questions about staffing levels, lack of oversight

Two recent deaths in the same number of weeks at the Arizona state psychiatric hospital raise questions about a lack of hospital oversight, persistent understaffing and inadequate employee training at the facility.... Read more»

Unsafe housing jeopardizes success of community living for chronically mentally ill

In recent years, advocates have adopted the mantra “housing is health care,” saying that a place to live is one of the most important indicators of success for a person with serious mental illness - but for many, that means an unregulated, unlicensed board and care facility.... Read more»

Patients file grievances, experts want reforms at Arizona State Hospital

While institutions like the Arizona State Hospital are becoming a thing of the past nationwide, mental health advocates believe ASH has the potential to offer therapeutic treatment that will help some of the sickest people get better and lead meaningful lives in the community. ... Read more»

Forty years later, legacy of Arizona's Arnold v. Sarn lives on

Charles “Chick” Arnold, godfather of Arizona’s mental health care system and plaintiff in one of the longest-running class action lawsuits, retired in 2020, something that would not have been possible if not for attorney Josh Mozell, who took on Arnold’s caseload - and his cause.... Read more»

Crisis in mental health care: A place that should know better

Arnold v. Sarn -a class action lawsuit that called for services for people with serious mental illness- ended in 2014 with an agreement that largely replaced “shall” with “may,” encouraging the system to try its best. Now Charles “Chick” Arnold, the lead plaintiff, says the agreement should have been more aggressive. ... Read more»