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Welcome to the Magellan of Arizona newsroom. Our goal is to assist the media with behavioral health information and issues specific to Magellan to develop stories promptly and accurately.

Information and Resources


Direct all media inquiries to:

Mary Ehlert, MS, ABC
Cell: (602) 350-6432

Twitter: @MagellanAZ

Spanish-language media contact:

Nolberto Machiche
Tel: (602) 572-5989
Cell: (602) 370-0932
Fax: (800) 424-4395


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Magellan of Arizona in the News 




Jan. 29, 2014 

AZTV Morning Scramble

Dr. Chaney talks about how to access mental health services.

Jan. 9, 2014 


Dr. Chaney talks suicide prevention (interview in Spanish)

Dec. 30, 2013 

Open Minds

Arizona Medicaid Releases RFI with Rollout of Statewide SMI Integrated Physical & Behavioral Health; May Consolidate Service Regions

Dec. 25, 2013 

Arizona Republic, Mesa and Gilbert community sections

Mental issues don't take a holiday

Dec. 20, 2013 

East Valley Tribune

The holidays are not a time of celebration for everyone

Nov. 27, 2013  

Phoenix Business Journal

Sterling Award Winners Announced  

Nov. 26, 2013

West Valley View

Foster Care Tool Kit Partnership in the West Valley View

Nov. 15, 2013 

Phoenix Business Journal

Broad approach helps Avondale mom face physical, mental illness

Nov. 14, 2013 

Glendale Channel 11

Glendale City Court's Mental Health Court Program

Oct. 26, 2013 

Arizona Republic

Magellan Health Services of Arizo­na received a bronze award for Health Care Consumer Engagement and Pro­tection by URAC

Oct. 25, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times

Magellan Health Services receives national award from accreditation organization

Oct. 24, 2013 

Downtown Devil

Candlelight vigil raises awareness of mental illness, celebrates hope for possible treatment

Oct. 18, 2013 

Arizona Republic

NAMI Walk aids mental health services

Oct. 16, 2013 

Arizona Republic's Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe/Ahwatukee community sections

NAMI walk combats stigma

Oct. 9, 2013 

East Valley Tribune

Bullying Awareness Month: signs to look for and how you can help by Magellan Director of Child and Youth Services Terri Kang

Oct. 7, 2013 

Open Minds Weekly News Wire

Arizona judge hears arguments in Maricopa RBHA contract protest, Magellan contract temporarily extended through March 2014

Oct. 4, 2013 

Arizona Republic's Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe/Ahwatukee community sections

Watch for signs of child bullying by Magellan Director of Child and Youth Services Terri Kang

Oct. 3, 2013

Glendale Star

Bullying Awareness Month - signs to look for and how you can help, by Magellan Director of Child and Youth Services Terri Kang

Oct. 2, 2013 

Arizona Republic

Magellan job fair for people with disabilities

Sept. 2013 

Community Psychiatrist

Suicide and the Community Psychiatrist

Sept. 28, 2013 


Maricopa County RHBA (GSA6) Update 

Sept. 27, 2013 

Arizona Republic's Mesa, Tempe/Ahwatukee community sections

Integrated health care treats mind, body

Sept. 2013 

National Council Magazine

Rise Up. Speak Up. by Magellan Youth Empowerment Director Greg Dicharry

Sept. 18, 2013 

Arizona Republic

Judge begins hearing arguments in mental health contract battle 

Sept. 17, 2013 


Maricopa County RHBA Update

Sept. 7, 2013

Arizona Republic’s Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Northeast Phoenix and Peoria community sections

Global campaigns aim to prevent suicide, help those at risk, by Magellan Adult Medical Director Dr. Karen Chaney

Sept. 7, 2013 

East Valley Tribune

Driving suicides to zero in the Valley and beyond, by Magellan Adult Medical Director Dr. Karen Chaney

Sept. 6, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times

Driving Suicides to Zero in Central Arizona, by Magellan Adult Medical Directory Dr. Karen Chaney

Sept. 5, 2013 


Attend a Recovery Month Event Near You

Sept. 4, 2013 

ADHS Director's Blog

Local Suicide Prevention Day Event

Sept. 1, 2013 

Arizona Republic 

Phoenix pet-sitter finds purpose, confidence

Sept. 2013

Arizona Informant

Recovery Month special issue focusing on the importance of integrated health care within the African-American Community

Sept. 2013

Raising Arizona Kids

Back to School, time to talk about drugs

Aug. 29, 2013 

Septiembre es el Mes de la Recuperación 

Aug. 15, 2013

Arizona Republic

Maricopa County should stay course, move forward, by Joe Prawdzik

Aug. 15, 2013

Arizona Repulic's Surprise, Chandler, Northeast Phoenix, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, Tempe, West Mesa, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, East Mesa, East Chandler, South Glendale, North Glendale, Northwest Valley, North Phoenix community sections

Journey to substance-abuse recovery takes twists and turns, by Magellan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shareh Ghani

Aug. 1, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times

Keep the momentum moving forward, by Joe Prawdzik, who has worked in the behavioral health industry for 22 years, is a member of the Magellan Health Services of Arizona’s Governance Board

July 31, 2013 

Arizona Republic’s Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Southwest Republic, NE Phoenix and Phoenix community sections

Helping our veterans transition back into normal life, by Magellan COO Dale Villani

July 26, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times 

Integrated care is happening for Maricopa County’s mentally ill, Magellan CMO Dr. Ghani, Arizona Capitol Times

July 17, 2013 

Arizona Republic community sections: East Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe, S. Glendale, N. Glendale

Women finds solution to mental health problems, by David Covington, Magellan VP of clinical programs and outcomes

June 29, 2013 

Arizona Republic’s Mesa and Gilbert community sections

Exploding some of the common myths of mental illness, by David Covington Magellan VP of clinical programs and outcomes

June 27, 29 2013 

Arizona Republic's Scottsdale, Phoenix, Northeast Phoenix Community Sections 

Walls of stigma falling for behavioral-health care in Arizona, by Magellan CEO Dr. Richard Clarke

June 24, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times 

Listening, Sharing, Communicating Help Tear Down Walls of Stigma, by Magellan CEO Dr. Richard Clarke

June 21, 2013 

Phoenix Business Journal 

My view: What is the cost of mental illness to business? by Magellan CEO Dr. Richard Clarke

June 12, 2013 

Arizona Republic Community Sections West Valley, Phoenix, NE Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, W. Mesa, E. Mesa, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Tempe.

Men, behavioral health is vital, too, Magellan CMO Dr. Ghani

June 11, 2013 

West Valley View, page 7

Mental health is just as important as physical health, by Magellan CMO Dr. Ghani

June 4, 2013 

Capitol Times

Innovative approach pinpoints solutions to mental health issues 

June 3, 2013 


Phoenix mental health first aid course in high demand

June 2013 


Staying the Course to Recovery, by Magellan CEO Dr. Richard Clarke

May 29, 2013 

Channel 12's EVB Live

Stand Up For Mental Health Comedy Show, featuring David Granirer, award-winning counselor and standup comic

May 29, 2013 

AZTV's Morning Scramble

Mental Health Awareness Month, featuring Deputy CEO Shawn Thiele

May 23, 2013 

Arizona Republic's Scottsdale, Phoenix and Northeast Phoenix Community Sections

Successes prove value of integrated mental-health solution, Dr. Ghani, Magellan CMO

May 23, 2013 

Arizona Republic's Scottsdale Community Section

Women should know depression’s warning signs, by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

May 15, 2013 


Magellan Talks Medicaid Expansion at the Governor’s Medicaid Restoration Rally

May 15, 2013 


Magellan Talks Medicaid Expansion at the Governor’s Medicaid Restoration Rally

May 15, 2013 

Arizona Republic (West Valley, Phoenix, Northeast Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee community sections)

Good time to assess mental health, by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

May 15, 2013  

East Valley Tribune 

Thiele: Assessing your physical, mental health during mental, by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

May 14, 2013 

West Valley View 

OPINION: Help yourself; others deal with depression, by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

May 8, 2013 

Informant, special edition

Focus on Mental Health

May 4, 2013 

Arizona Republic (Phoenix and Scottsdale community sections)

Myths, facts about mental illness, which hits 1 in 4 Americans by David Covington

May 2013 

La Voz, special edition

Mental Health Awareness Month informational spread for the Latino community (in English and Spanish)

May 2013 

KJZZ’s StoryCorps

KJZZ’s StoryCorps Phoenix project records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress. Among the 100 conversations of Valley listeners recently recorded was that of member Daniel Abril and his aunt Gloria.  To hear a section of their conversation, click HERE.

May 1, 2013

Hot stuff: Salsa Fiesta Ready to Kick Up the Heat

April 27, 2013 

Arizona Capitol Times

The economics of mental illness, guest opinion by Magellan Deputy CEO Shawn Thiele

April 22, 2013 

West Valley View 

OPINION: Mental illness misconceptions abound

April 21, 2013 

Phoenix Business Journal  

Magellan protest rejected in hunt for Maricopa County contract

April 12, 2013

Ayotte: Failed suicide attempts led to productive Journey of Hope, by Katie Ayotte co-facilitator of the Terros Journey of Hope suicide attempt survivor group and Magellan Health Services of Arizona Community Governance Board member

April 5, 2013 

Arizona Republic

Magellan protests Maricopa contract award; files suit against winning bidder

April 4, 2013 

Phoenix Business Journal

Magellan sues Maricopa Integrated Health System after losing $700M mental health contract

April 4, 2013

Behavioral Healthcare Magazine

Magellan protests Maricopa contract award; files suit against winning bidder 

April 3, 2013 

Arizona Republic East Valley Community Sections (East Mesa, West Mesa, Chandler Republic, Tempe, Gilbert and Ahwatukee)

Working to Lift Mental-Illness Stigma, by Gloria Abril, vice president of the Phoenix office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

April 3, 2013 


Mental Health First Aid 

March 29, 2013 

Phoenix Business Journal

Medicaid plan called crucial to behavioral health

March 25, 2012 

Channel 12 News 

My Fest helps kids with bullying and suicide

March 20, 2013

Arizona Republic East Valley Community Sections (East Mesa, West Mesa, Chandler Republic, Tempe, Gilbert and Ahwatukee)

Music, arts festival in Tempe puts spotlight on mental-health issues for youths

March 20, 2013

East Valley Tribune

MY LIFE changing lives one young adult at a time, ‘MY Fest’ — focusing on suicide, bullying prevention — Sunday, by Mary Jo Whitfield, vice president of behavioral health for Jewish Family &Children’s Service

March 19, 2013 

West Valley View

Crisis Response: A safety net for central Arizona, by Suzanne Rabideau, CEO for Crisis Response Network

March 14, 2013 

Arizona Republic

Mental health session offered

Spring 2013

American Association of Suicidology’s Spring 2013 Newslink

Suicide Deterrent System’ Provides a Safety Net for Those with Mental Illness

March 12, 2013

ASU News

 ASU holds second annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

March 8, 2013 

AZTV’s Morning Scramble  

Mental Health First Aid (featuring David Covington, VP of Adult and Youth Services; and David Kains, Learning Specialist)

March 7, 2013 

Glendale Star 

Mental Health First Aid trains community members to respond in a crisis by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

March 6, 2013 

Arizona Republic’s East Valley Community Living sections (Chandler, East Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe and Ahwatukee)

Training key to mental-health first aid

March 4, 2013 

West Valley View 

Mental Health First Aid Trains People to Respond to Crises by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

Feb. 26, 2013 

La Voz 

"Promotoras," mujeres que encabezan el cambio en sus comunidades

Feb. 25, 2013 

Arizona Business Voice, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Member Spotlight - Magellan Health Services of Arizona

Feb. 23, 2013 

Arizona Republic 

Into the mind of...Richard Clarke

Feb. 22, 2013

Arizona Republic 

Magellan’s Youth Day a strong step for mental health

Feb. 22, 2013 

West Valley View 

Access expanded for mentally ill,  (By: Frank Scarpati and Kevin Kotsur)

Feb. 22, 2013 

Arizona Republic 

Mental-health facility helps Avondale meet a need, (By: Frank Scarpati and Kevin Kotsur)

Feb. 21, 2013

KJZZ, 91.5 FM

The City of Glendale recently open a new court specially designed for the mentally ill

Feb. 21, 2013 

Prensa Hispana 

Mental Health First Aid

Feb. 21, 2013 

Arizona Republic 

Brewer’s Plan to Give CPS Funds is Win-Win for AZ

Feb. 13, 2013

Arizona Republic

Programs for Mental Health Caregivers

Feb. 13, 2013

Arizona Republic

Promotoras’ Educate Needy Latinos on Health Care

Feb. 6, 2013

Arizona Republic

Common Mental Illnesses

Feb. 4, 2013 

Fox News National 

Maricopa's Crisis Management

Feb. 1, 2013

KTVK-Channel 3

Mental Health First Aid

Jan. 30, 2013

KPNX-Channel 12

Dr. Ghani participates in a panel discussion addressing mental health issues 

Jan. 29, 2013 

Arizona Republic 


Our View: Glendale’s mental health court a wise move

Dec. 11, 2012 

AZTV Channel 13 Morning Scramble

Magellan's Dr. Karen Chaney on Morning Scramble about Suicide Prevention

Dec. 11, 2012

PBS-TV Channel 8 Horizon

Magellan's Dr. Karen Chaney on Horizon about Suicide Prevention

Oct. 5, 2012

KTAR website

David Covington Talks Suicide Prevention with Pat McMahon (Pat's Portraits)

throughout Oct. 2012

PHX-TV Channel 11

David Covington and Nicole Stanton on Metro Matters

Sept. 21, 2012

Arizona Republic

David Covington My Turn on Suicide Prevention

Sept. 14, 2012

Arizona Psychiatric Society Newsletter

Voice, Choice and Recovery for Arizona's SMI Community by Dr. Shareh Ghani

Sept. 13, 2012

ABC-TV Channel 15

Suicide Prevention Week

Sept. 11, 2012

AZTV Morning Scramble

Suicide Prevention Week

2012, Issue I

National Council Magazine

Kodak Moment or Fuji Forever? by David Covington

Aug. 24, 2012

Phoenix Business Journal

Mary Robson is Health Care Hero

Aug. 23, 2012


Substance Abuse Story

July 31, 2012

College Times

ASU Graduates Rally Tempe Community for Underage Drinking Campaign, Get Props from PR Industry

July 28, 2012

The Pulse radio show on KFNX AM

Non-Title 19 Benefits discussed by Shawn Thiele, Magellan Deputy CEO

July 23, 2012

Tempe News Arizona Republic

Tempe team is award finalist

July 22, 2012

AZTV-Channel 13

Seeing the Need television program

July 21, 2012

Arizona Republic

Mental-health issues tough for young adults

June 14, 2012

AZTV Morning Scramble

Men's Health Week and Integrated Health Home

June 8, 2012

Phoenix Business Journal

Vanguard, Magellan Team on Arizona Mental Health Contract

May 17, 2012

Seeking Alpha

Magellan named as finalist

May 16, 2012

NBC-TV Channel 12

MYLife Youth goes from Homeless to Hopeful

April 23, 2012

Mental Health Weekly

Suicide Prevention Program Recognized for Service Innovation

April 17, 2012

AHIP Wellness Smart Brief

Suicide Prevention Program Recognized for Service Innovation

April 16, 2012


Magellan of Arizona CEO Clarke looks to connect and lead through poetry

April 16, 2012


Behavioral Health Special Section


Press Releases and Media Advisories

Nov. 1, 2013

Foster Care Tool Kit now available for Arizona Foster Families

Oct. 22, 2013

Bullying: Something so lasting

Oct. 17, 2013

Magellan Health Services of Arizona Awarded National Honors for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Engagement and Protection from URAC

April 3, 2013

Magellan Files Protest and Lawsuit Regarding Contract Award for Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County, Arizona

Dec. 3, 2012 Magellan and ADHS Receive CSG Award for Suicide Prevention Program
Oct. 19, 2012 Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 25
Sept. 6, 2012 Event Highlights Recovery Month
Aug. 21, 2012 Magellan Ombudsman Mary Robson Wins Health Care Hero Award
Aug. 6, 2012

Funds to Restore Behavioral Health Services For Those Not Eligible for Medicaid/AHCCCS

May 8, 2012 MYLIFE to Strike Out Bullying at Diamondbacks Game
May 1, 2012 Success Stories for Mental Health Awareness Month
April 16, 2012

Magellan Health Services of Arizona Receives National Recognition for Suicide Prevention Program

March 23, 2012 MY Fest 2012
Jan. 19, 2012

Magellan Health Services and Phoenix Health Plan Announce Joint Venture Development Agreement

Nov. 10, 2011

Magellan Health Services to Support Whole Health Programs for Adults and Children Facing Health Challenges

Oct. 3, 2011 Magellan Health Services of Arizona Wins SAMHSA's 2011 Science and Service Award for Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Support Services
Sept. 15, 2011 Magellan Health Services Receives International Award for Suicide Prevention in Central Arizona
Sept. 7, 2011

Magellan and Community Bridges open Access Point and Transition Point behavioral health facilities

August 2, 2011 Local healthcare leaders' partner to improve health, wellness and longevity of those challenged with mental illness
March 30, 2011 MY Fest '11 features inspirational entertainment, youth and family
January 11, 2011

Toll-free Hotline Established Following Tucson Shooting:Professionals available to help citizens process tragedy

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