The first Tuesday of each month from 4-6 pm Arizona time, except for holiday weekends, ACMI will have a featured guest to discuss a relevant Behavioral Health topic; after the speaker, we will discuss current issues with the Behavioral Health System attendees. This month, come hear about Assertive Community Teams (ACT). We have Mercy Care discussing ACT teams and checkbox items and measurements. We have both Valleywise and CopaHealth describing their ACT team services.

Dr. Darling is the current medical director and psychiatrist for the Valleywise Health Assertive Community Treatment program. She has been in this role since graduating from her psychiatry residency in 2017. She is core faculty with the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance Psychiatry Residency Program and faculty with the departments of psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Phoenix, and Creighton University College of Medicine. Dr. Darling completed her undergraduate education in psychology at Arizona State University in 2004. She then worked in case management for the outpatient SMI system in Maricopa County before attending medical school at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Maricopa Integrated Health System in 2017. During her residency, she served as the chief resident for two years and was the Arizona Psychiatric Society resident of the year in 2017. Dr. Darling is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with a primary focus on treating refractory serious mental illness. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Darling trains Creighton Alliance PGY3 psychiatry residents, hosts Creighton Alliance family medicine residents during their psychiatry rotation, and supervises 4th-year medical students on psychiatry rotations. She teaches two didactic courses for the Creighton Alliance residents, covering community resources for PGY1 residents and advanced psychopharmacology for PGY3 and PGY4 residents. Dr. Darling is involved in mentoring current residents and received the Howard E Wulsin Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arizona Psychiatric Society in 2022.

Dr Winona Z Belmonte, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist.  She is the Asst Medical Director for ACT Services and Chief Psychiatrist for Metro Clinic of Copa Health. She is a product of the University of Virginia   Health Systems at Charlottesville, Virginia, where she graduated in psychiatric medicine with subspecialty/fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry.   She accepted a position to serve the full spectrum of psychiatric practice in the rural underserved areas of Virginia for three years. Challenging as it was, the experience galvanized her knowledge and acumen in clinical work and deepened her passion to provide the best service to those struggling with mental illness.  This passion took her to Phoenix, where she saw an opportunity to provide services in an environment where a team-based approach to care is alive.  She has served under multiple RBHA in Maricopa County since 2005 in various capacities but mostly as chief psychiatrist of clinics and Assertive Community Treatment psychiatrist. She was the first Medical Director of People of Color Network.  She is a dedicated psychiatrist with extensive experience in complex psychopharmacology and complicated social determinants of health issues.  

Blythe FitzHarris, P.h.D., LCSW is the Chief Clinical Officer at MercyCare and is responsible for clinical program development, including Adult and Children’s Systems of Care and the Central Region Behavioral Health Crisis System. Blythe oversees multiple Mercy Care service delivery systems, including integrated care, the Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA), grant services, cultural diversity, and tribal affairs. She directs initiatives, strategies, and programs to address social determinants of health (such as housing and employment) and system performance. Blythe also oversees coordination of care with system stakeholders such as the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Justice and works closely with system advocates. She works across the organization to address member, family, provider, and/or contractor concerns to ensure positive clinical outcomes, care coordination, and quality service delivery. Previously, Blythe served as the Adult Systems of Care Administrator for Mercy Care. In this position, Blythe oversaw the Adult SMI System of Care, which included outpatient behavioral health services, Assertive Community Treatment, housing, rehabilitation, and employment services for members in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. She also served as Mercy Care’s lead for the Arnold v. Sarn settlement agreement. Blythe has more than 30 years of experience working in public behavioral health in a variety of clinical and operational positions and has taught social work at the university level.   Blythe is a licensed clinical social worker and has a master’s in social work and a Ph.D. in social welfare with a focus on mental health and recovery from Arizona State University.

Topic: ACMI Stakeholder’s Meeting

Time: June 6th, 2023 04:00 PM Arizona

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