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1650 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Suite 202 | Tucson, AZ 85719

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Services for Adults: CODAC provides a continuum

Services for Youth: CODAC offers intensive

of care for members ages 18 and older through

outpatient treatment and assessment for

coordination of all levels of clinical services.

adolescents ages 12 to 21 facing both substance

General mental health and substance use disorder

use and mental health disorders through the

treatment as well as services for persons with

Step Forward program. HIV/AIDS testing and

serious mental illness are offered at service sites

counseling are also available.

conveniently located across Tucson.

Prevention Services: CODAC provides best-

CODAC also offers specialized programs for

practice workshops and programs in local

adults, including:

communities to promote healthy behavior

• Residential treatment and intensive outpatient

and engaged youth. Programs are available

programs for pregnant and parenting women

to individuals, families, neighborhood groups

and their children

and schools for:

• Methadone and Suboxone treatment for recover-ing opiate users • Integrated mental health care and primary care • After-hours crisis care • A Young Adult Team to provide intensive services

• Violence and bullying prevention • Preventing drug and alcohol use through effective communication between parents/ caregivers and their children • Neighborhood coalition development

for members ages 18 to 25 with mental health

• Suicide prevention

and substance use disorders

• Comprehensive sexuality education

• An intensive outpatient program for members with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders • Supported housing programs for individuals with Serious Mental Illness

• Preventing child abuse and neglect by building on family strengths, promoting health and optimizing child development • Family management and communication skills

CODAC Behavioral Health Services, Inc. 1650 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Suite 202 | Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone: (520) 327-4505 | Fax: (520) 202-1889 BOARD OF DIRECTORS K. Brent Fausett, Chair Robert Barrasso, Vice Chair Kristy Kelley, Treasurer Paul Hooker, Secretary MEMBERS David Braun Oscar Diaz Dorothy Inglee Gallagher Tere LeBarron Lourdes Machado Abe Marques LilliAnne Purdie Jean Tkachyk Michele Way Dennis Regnier, MA President and Chief Executive Officer The members of the CODAC Board of Directors graciously volunteer their time and talents. ALBUM EDITOR Kristine Welter, Director of Development & Marketing


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CODAC envisions a society where everyone lives healthy, productive, caring lives — positively contributing to

Treatment for Addiction to Prescription Pain Medication National study shows Suboxone Therapy is effective in reducing opioid use

their communities.


A national study released by the Archives of General Psychology and National Institute on Drug Abuse CODAC provides tools,

(NIDA) indicates that “people addicted to prescription painkillers reduce their opioid abuse when given

support and services to

sustained treatment with the medication buprenorphine plus naloxone (Suboxone).”

individuals, families and communities so they may live with dignity, free from the harmful effects of mental illness, substance


use disorders and trauma.

• • • • • • •

Recovery Diversity Acceptance Respect Integrity Creativity Commitment

Concerned about the growing rate of abuse of painkillers in Pima County, CODAC offers free or low-cost Suboxone Therapy among its host of drug and alcohol treatment programs. “Suboxone is a prescription opiate-replacement medication that helps reduce opioid cravings,” says Michael Kuntzelman, MD, a CODAC psychiatrist specifically trained to prescribe Suboxone. “Unlike other opioid replacement therapies such as Methadone, Suboxone Therapy is intended to be a short-term -- less than one year -- treatment.” “Suboxone fills a very valuable niche in addiction treatment and I have seen a lot of people have success with it. For the population of people who have become addicted to prescription medications, it is really a God-send,” Kuntzelman continues. Learn more about Suboxone Therapy on page 4

HIGHLIGHTS • Treatment for Addiction to Pain Killers: Suboxone Therapy

• Meet Dennis Regnier, CODAC’s New President/CEO

• How You Can Make a Difference: Arizona Charitable Tax Credit & donations of common household items

• Healthy Families Success Story • Vital programs for Women with Substance Use Disorders

• Learn Mental Health First Aid • CODAC Accepts Private Insurance • Why CARF Accreditation is Key

Welcome CODAC’s New President & CEO, Dennis Regnier, MA

Message from the President & CEO

On October 24, 2011, CODAC welcomed

I arrived full time at CODAC a little over six weeks ago (by the time you read this) and really hit

its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dennis Regnier, MA. Dennis is from outside Chicago, Illinois where, since 2000, he was President and CEO of Grand Prairie Services, a nonprofit behavioral health organization with a $14 million annual budget and 14 locations.

Hello and Happy Holidays!

the ground running. I have truly appreciated the warm welcome from staff and from the contacts I have made with other providers and outside community members. During my first week, CODAC was surveyed by CARF International (which you can read more about on page 7 of this newsletter). After observing much of CARF’s full three-day review of CODAC’s operations, I learned so much about how this great organization changes lives each day. At the end of my first week, CARF’s external, objective survey results confirmed a beautiful thing

Dennis’s 37-year career in behavioral health services began with the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in 1974 where he held both clinical and administrative positions. He also has extensive experience in the for-profit health care industry, including senior leadership positions at Forest Health Systems, Century Health Care and Hartgrove Hospital.

for me: I made the right decision in joining CODAC!

He has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Governors State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Illinois State University.

dreamed up solutions that we may be able to make a reality.

“I learned very early on that CODAC is a strong organization that has demonstrated great innovation in its services,” Dennis says. “When you look at CODAC’s array of services, you see programs that are at the forefront of where our field is going ... and that’s exciting!”

On behalf of CODAC’s Board of Directors, staff and leadership, we wish you a wonderful holiday

Dennis and his wife, Dana, have one son who is in Medical School at University of Chicago. Falling in love with Tucson while visiting friends, they have owned a vacation home here since 2007.

Dennis Regnier

Please join us in giving the Regnier family a warm Tucson welcome.


Over the next several months, I will be meeting closely with CODAC’s executive management team and Board of Directors regarding our strategic direction and vision. But because behavioral health concerns touch all facets of our community, I would like to hear from you, too. We value your community perspective and want to know what you see as southern Arizona’s greatest needs from us. Friends of CODAC – like you – are an extension of what we do every day. You see problems and opportunities in our community that maybe we haven’t seen or heard about yet. You have

If you have something to share – big or small – please call me directly at (520) 202-1750. I truly look forward to hearing from you so we can incorporate your broader community prospective into our community solutions.

season and joyous 2012! Sincerely,

President & CEO


Save Up to $400 on Your AZ Taxes and Help Others While you’re At It! Donate to CODAC to be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit Arizona offers a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations to CODAC, an organization that helps the working poor.

Common Household Items Mean a Lot to Someone in Need A roll of toilet paper. Dish soap. Detergent. For someone on a fixed income and with many health care expenses - like many CODAC members - it can be challenging to afford these common household items that need constant replenishing. As you are cleaning out your closets and shopping the sale racks this December, please consider donating new or gently used items to CODAC. Here are a few of the items our members need most: •

Toilet paper

Alarm clocks

Paper towels

Laundry detergent

Dish soap


Sheet sets (all sizes)

Hygiene products


Digital converter boxes

Cleaning products (for kitchen and bath)

Nonperishable food items

Similar to the Arizona school tax credit, your cash donation to CODAC may qualify you for a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples filing a joint return.* Your donation will help low-income individuals with limited health insurance receive vital medical treatment, therapy and other support for mental illnesses like severe depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia and more. $200 ... gives an individual with mental illness an opportunity to learn necessary skills to get - and keep - a job. ... helps a mother attend one of many life-changing weeks of treatment, learning how to live without drugs and be a great parent. ... helps a new client take the first steps toward getting the care and support they need for their mental illness: a psychiatric exam and evaluation. $400 ... Gives a client an opportunity to work through challenging issues with a professional and their peers during 10 individual therapy sessions or 20 group therapy sessions. ... Helps a CODAC client have a safe place to live independently for one month. After your tax credit, it won’t have cost you a dime ... but you will have joined us in helping minds, mending relationships, fostering independence and creating a healthier Tucson. Donate online at or using the enclosed remittance envelope. *CODAC is not a tax advisor. Always contact a qualified tax professional for expert advice on your specific tax situation. For more information on this tax credit (ARS 43-1088), contact the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Thanks to the support and services Ida L. receives at

Your tax-deductible donation of the above

CODAC, she is now living

items will really brighten their holiday season.

independently in recovery

All donations can be delivered to 1650 E. Ft.

from severe Post Traumatic

Lowell Rd, Suite 202 (85719). To arrange for

Stress Disorder (PTSD) that

pick-up, call (520) 202-1746.

kept her hospitalized for many months. Ida L. outside her apartment home.


Suboxone Therapy continued from cover

“Results showed that approximately 49 percent of participants reduced prescription painkiller abuse during extended (at least 12-week) Suboxone treatment,” the NIDA release states. “1.9 million people in the United States meet abuse or dependence criteria for prescription pain relievers. “In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that annually more people die from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined,” the NIDA release says.

James, Monique and their daughter Nariyah two years after joining the Healthy Families program.

CODAC’s Suboxone Therapy program consists not only of the prescription medication but also includes required individual and group counseling.

“As a young mother at the age of 21, my

“The counseling aspect promotes longterm relapse prevention,” says Kuntzelman. “In counseling, participants build coping, relationship, pain management and other skills that decrease their likelihood of returning to abusing drugs.” Individuals seeking treatment for addiction to painkillers and other opiates (such as heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.) should call CODAC’s Membership Department at (520) 2021840. More information is also available at

Healthy Families Program Provides Support, Produces Meaningful Results bonding and attachment with their baby.

boyfriend and I had no experience raising a child. I was a stay-at-home mom with no

They have learned many parenting skills,

family support here in Tucson to help with my

including appropriate - and effective - disci-

daughter,” says Monique R., a participant in

pline. And, whenever they have a question,

CODAC’s Healthy Families program.

they can always ask Jennifer for advice.

Monique struggled with Postpartum Depres-

Holding her daughter, Monique beams when

sion and anxiety a few months after her baby

she talks about their progress. “We’re so

girl, Nariyah, was born.

thankful for Jennifer and the Healthy Families program.”

“I was referred to the Healthy Families program and our Family Support Specialist,

Healthy Families is a national Best Practice

Jennifer Placencia, has helped our family

program that offers parents-to-be and new

emotionally. She brings us information about

parents vital support to promote healthy child

activities to do with our baby and even about

development and prevent abuse and neglect.

my depressions,” Monique continues.

Family Support Specialists provide free in-home support to parents until their youngest child is

“Having no experience with child develop-

five years old.

ment or depression, the Healthy Families program helped increase my parenting skills

CODAC is one of the original partner agencies

and made me more confident.”

that brought Healthy Families to Arizona in 1991. We are currently a sub-contractor of Child

“Our family has grown and learned so much.

& Family Resources and serve on Advisory Board

And our two-year old has never been more

of Pima County Healthy Families.

happy, healthy and extremely intelligent.”

commi If you know of a family who may benefit from

Monique and James now feel more comfortable caring for Nariyah’s basic needs and have learned the importance of communication,

the Healthy Families program, contact Lupe Ricardez at Child and Family Resources to

schedule a family screening. Phone: (520) 321-3754.


For Women Struggling with Substance Abuse, CODAC Programs are First and Last Chance “MCAS was my last chance to get my act together and my first chance to be the kind of mom I wanted to be,” says Allegra L., former participant in the Mothers Caring About Self (MCAS) program. When she joined MCAS, Allegra was pregnant with her youngest child, but had struggled with addiction to rock cocaine and methamphetamine for the better part of 15 years.

promote long-term stability and health.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for Women

The MCAS program is specifically for women who are:

CODAC Las Amigas

Mothers Caring About Self (MCAS) is an intensive outpatient program for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Through at least nine hours of participation each week, MCAS participants have access to a variety of therapy, support and case management resources that

Age 18 and older

Pregnant or postpartum with at least one

Las Amigas is a supportive residential community for women in need of substance abuse treatment. Las Amigas uses a comprehensive

child under the age of six (children do not

treatment approach to meet the social, psy-

need to be in their mother’s custody), and •

chological and physical needs of the clients in a

Experiencing a substance use disorder

safe and supportive environment.

Benefits of MCAS to women seeking recovery from alcohol or other drug abuse, include: •

Gender-specific group therapy

Peer support

Individual therapy

Support with Child Protective Services

Parenting courses

Free laundry and diapers

Case management

Use of kitchen and access to free food

Free nursery so mothers can bring their kids

Incentives for attending therapy groups

Cost: There is no cost for treatment at MCAS. Regardless of insurance coverage - or lack of insurance coverage - women struggling with drug abuse can receive treatment at MCAS through financial support provided by the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. Still have questions about

Las Amigas is for women age 18+ with priority given to those who are pregnant, recently gave birth or are parenting children while actively abusing alcohol or drugs. Special consideration is also given to women who are homeless, have histories of sexual or physical abuse or are in the criminal justice system. Clients receive an individual assessment and

cost, simply call CODAC.

treatment plan which may include the follow-

Ready to Get Clean and Sober? It’s easy to make an appointment with our caring and professional

Individual, group and family therapy

Life skills training

Parenting classes

Smoking cessation classes

Relapse prevention education

Coordination with medical services

Connection with community resources to

ing elements

staff. Call CODAC’s Membership Department at (520) 202-1840. Not sure if MCAS is right for you or a loved one? Call to speak with the Program Coordinator at (520) 202-1716.

“For me, MCAS was my last chance to get my act together and my first chance to become the kind of mom I wanted to be. “


Allegra L. Former MCAS Member, current Volunteer 3.5 years clean and sober

promote continued sobriety after completing the program. ... and more For more information, call Las Amigas at (520) 327-4505.

Allegra L., a former MCAS participant, now helps other mothers in recovery.


Did You Know? Myth: Mental illness is something

Mental Health First Aid: The Best First Aid is You

that only affects others and not us, our family or our friends.

You may know CPR and the Heimlich Maneu-

Fact: An estimated 1 in 4 Americans

First Aid in a mental health crisis?

have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental health crises occur frequently in your workplace, church, family, school and community.

Myth: Mental illness has no real impact on society.

Fact: Mental illness accounts for 15% of the total economic burden of all disease in the U.S. Untreated mental disorders cost $79 billion in lost productivity every year.

Myth: Mental illness is not that serious.

Fact: Medical experts rate mental disorders among the most impactful illnesses because they interfere with a person’s ability to go to school, work, care for himself or herself and form relationships.

ver. You can call 911. But can you administer

It’s easy to tell when someone might be suffering from a heart attack, choking or is unable to breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? Have you met people experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors?

• •

How would you know? And how would you help?

The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders. A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care. Resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.

Who Can Be a Mental Health First Aider? Answer: Mental Health First Aid. Certified trainers at CODAC are now offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. Similar to the CPR or First Aid model, Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to someone showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help - including peer and family support - can be engaged. MHFA is a 12-hour course that prepares members of the public to provide MHFA to those in need. At MHFA training, you will learn: • The prevalence of mental illness in the US and it emotional and economic cost.

Educators/School Administrators

College/University Leaders

Human Resources Professionals

Members of Faith Communities

Policy Makers

Homeless Shelter Staff & Volunteers

Substance Abuse Professionals

Social Workers

Consumers and Family Members

Caring Citizens

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. Contact CODAC’s Training Department to find out how you can register for MHFA training. Call (520) 202-1818 or email mmckenna@

The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

Did you know?

A ssess for risk of suicide or harm

You are more likely to encounter a

L isten nonjudgmentally

person in an emotional or mental

G ive reassurance and information

crisis than someone having a heart

E ncourage appropriate professional help

attack. Mental disorders are more

E ncourage self-help & other support strategies

common than heart disease and

For more information, please visit

cancer combined.

Source: National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.


United Way Days of Caring ... for CODAC & our Community On September 28, 2011 a team of staff from IBM provided a little elbow grease and a beautiful fresh coat of paint for our North site. Led by Team Captain, Tom Anderson, this United Way Days of Caring project really brightened the walls and spirits! The following Saturday, October 1, CODAC staff returned the spirit by volunteering to paint the exterior of the Arizona’s Children Association

IBM staff are happy with their contribution to CODAC’s North site.

behavioral health care building.

CODAC Accepts Private Insurance & Fee-for-Service

Accreditation is Important When Choosing a Provider

Looking for low-cost, high-quality behavioral

In Pima County, we have many options when

health care?

it comes to health care providers and human services programs.

CODAC participates with most insurance carriers for many services. Here are just a few of the

When individuals and families

insurance companies we contract with.

choose CODAC, they look to our accreditation by CARF


Medicare (& Medicare


International as a reflection

relacement plans)


of our outstanding quality of

Mercy Care

care in the areas of substance abuse treatment,

BlueCross BlueShield

Mercy Care Advantage

recovery from mental health disorders, and



prevention programs.

Commerical Plans


Evercare Select

United Healthcare

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit

Health Choice

United Behavioral

organization that provides accreditation

Health Net



services worldwide.

University Family Care

Indian Health Services

... and more

CODAC follows CARF’s standards for quality in everything we do, which has earned

Contact your insurance provider and ask about

accreditation of many of our programs for more

your behavioral health benefits for evaluation/

than 10 years.

assessment, counseling, case management and medication management.

CODAC recently invited CARF to survey our programs and services to evaluate how well

Top: Cindy Grossman, IBM Vice President of Business Analytics & Optimization, paints those hard-to-reach spaces; Middle: CODAC staff and volunteers paint a first coat with a little CODAC spirit; Bottom: CODAC staff in action at AZCA.

Or, call CODAC at (520) 202-1840 to learn more

we meet their international standards for

about our reasonable fee-for-service rates.

quality. We received excellent comments and anticipate another three year accrediation to be announced in the coming weeks.


CARF is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. To learn more about CARF International and the value of accreditation, visit


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