In 2020, the Arizona legislature passed "Jake's Law" which created a fund that provides uninsured and underinsured children access to behavioral health services when they are referred through an educational institution, otherwise known as "school-based referrals". To make school-based referrals, the legislature required school districts and charter schools to pass a policy that outlined the law as it relates to school-based referrals. The policy must include:
An opt-in process for parents
A survey for parents whose children utilize a school-based referral
The following is a provider in Southern Arizona:
Pinal Hispanic Council Behavioral Health Services
1940 N. 11th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607
Phone: (520) 466-7765
Senate Bill (S.B.) 1523 is named in honor of Jack Machovsky, an Arizona teen who lost his life to suicide in 2016 after battling mental health issues. Jake's parents, Denise and Ben, started the JEM Foundation to end youth suicide and expand behavioral health services. Additional resources can be found for suicide prevention and parent/caregiver support..