Health Choice Integrated Care Meets with Navajo Nation Leaders to Discuss Behavioral Health Needs and Services

FLAGSTAFF – March 21, 2016 – On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) held a meeting with Navajo Nation leaders to discuss the tribal nation’s behavioral health needs and services, as well as opportunities for collaboration.

The meeting was the first forum HCIC has held with the Navajo Nation since becoming the new Regional Behavioral Health Authority for the Northern Arizona Region on October 1, 2015, under a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Under that contract, HCIC has been asked to build partnerships with tribes that are located in Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo, Apache, and Gila counties.

The meeting was attended by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Vice-President Jonathan Nez, as well as HCIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Nau. Also in attendance were members of the Navajo Department of Behavioral Health Services.

“This meeting served as an important opportunity to build on our relationship with the Navajo Nation,” said Nau. “Our goal is to work closely and collaboratively with the tribal nations to ensure that behavioral health services are available and accessible to all Arizonans who need them.”

Attachment: Photo of Shawn Nau, HCIC Chief Executive Officer, Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation President, Holly Figueroa, HCIC Cultural Competency Administrator, Gabriel Yaiva, HCIC Tribal Liaison, and Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice-President. Photo credit: Mihio Manus, Navajo Nation Public Information Officer.

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