Youth Services in the North – Are the Needs Met? – Sedona.Biz


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By Rose Boerner

National Alliance on Mental Illness - YavapaiSedona News – Our next Mental Health Monday program will take place via Zoom on June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will feature four speakers who will focus on youth services in northern Arizona. Join us for this information meeting during which you will have the opportunity to express whether or not your service needs are met.

Akia Compton, MS – Vice President, Programs – MIKID: Akia has been active in youth services since 1993, ranging from residential, independent living, juvenile justice and behavioral health. Akia holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice and a master’s degree in administration of justice and security. She is also the mother of a child with behavioral health issues.

Erin Benjamin – UHCCCP OIFA Child and Family Liaison: Erin has worked for 10 years with children and families in provider agencies. She has a strong passion for advocating for children within the behavioral health system and is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work.

Trisha Riner – Northern Arizona Regional Director, Family Involvement Center: Trish has personal experience navigating residential treatment centers and Arizona State Hospital placements, and she understands the challenges families face when their child transitions from placement to care. inside and outside the house.

Joshua Ka’apana Napoleon – Child Behavioral Health Liaison, OIFA Health Choice: Joshua is a native Hawaiian from the island of O’ahu. His father being of Hawaiian descent and his mother Caucasian, he was discriminated against throughout his childhood because of his physical appearance. He participated in counseling and peer support programs throughout school and worked with other students when situations arose. This led him to pursue studies in the field of behavioral health.

The program is free by going to https://namiyavapai.org/mental-health-monday/ or contact NAMIYavapai.org for more information.

NAMI Yavapai is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

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