Stand Up 2023: Behavioral Health Expo

May 6, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

1401 E Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona

The Maricopa County Mental Health Task Force has partnered with Valleywise Behavioral Health, the Arizona Peer and Family Coalition and other stakeholders to offer the Stand Up Behavioral Health Expo 2023.

  • Have you or a loved one been impacted by the justice system and mental healthcare? 
  • Are you aware of the "988 mental health crisis line", "2-1-1 Arizona" or other mental health crisis resources as nearby as your phone?
  • Do you want to learn more about community programs serving the mental health justice involved community? 
  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to advocate for a friend, a loved one or yourself when faced with a mental health need?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us!

What to Expect

This open and free event will focus on mental health awareness and bring together opportunities and resources to enhance mental health well-being. 

Meet with exhibitors from the wellness community, mental health care, justice services, nonprofits, and behavioral health agencies. 

Learn how to navigate the behavioral health system and locate tools that are available to assist you.

Be educated, inspired, and empowered in the areas of advocacy, services, wellness, the justice system, and so much more. 

Join community members, justice system administration, and service providers to gain awareness, increase connections, and gather resources. 

Enjoy refreshments, prizes, and a raffle for a big screen TV grand prize!


Speakers from these organizations will share knowledge and valuable insights.

Stand Together and Recover (S.T.A.R.) is an organization operated by peers who have faced mental health, behavioral health and/or substance use challenges. S.T.A.R. provides many community services including counseling, health and wellness, hospital discharge care coordination, life skills and employment, socialization and community, and transportation. S.T.A.R. provides integrated care utilizing evidence-based practices, are member-focused in their program offerings and are committed to providing trauma-informed care.

Tiffani Hamstra is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified and a Behavioral Health Provider. She is the Medical Director of S.T.A.R, a peer support recovery mental health adult day program. She manages the STAR medical clinic that focuses on Health promotion and disease prevention. This clinic provides members with health and wellness groups and medical support throughout the week and on the weekends. She is the co-coordinator of the STAR COVID vaccine clinic that continues to serve the Maricopa County community.

She has 25+ years of experience in Family Practice treating infants thru geriatric patients. She is a Narcan trainer at S.T.A.R. for the staff and members. She also is a Clinical Site Supervisor for Grand Canyon University Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities through information, outreach, and training. The ACDL serves those with a physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and/or cognitive disability - locations in Phoenix, Tuscan, and Flagstaff.

Meaghan Kramer is the Managing Attorney for the Healthcare Team at the Arizona Center for Disability Law. Meaghan’s practice involves working to make healthcare more accessible for Arizonans with disabilities and addressing systemic issues in Arizona’s healthcare and behavioral health systems.

Health Equity and Advocacy presentation is a discussion on some of the most pressing topics in healthcare today — Long Term Covid as a disability and your rights if you have it; health inequities and how to effectively self-advocate in a healthcare setting; and the nationwide healthcare workforce crisis, including strategies to help you find medically necessary care. 

AHCCCS 988 - The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 support for those experiencing a suicidal, substance use, and/or a mental health crisis. 988 provides callers an alternative to 911 during a mental health crisis. AHCCCS provides attendees with information on 988 and the crisis system of care for Arizona residents.

Anne Ngamsombat is a licensed professional counselor with extensive experience working with law enforcement, the Department of Child Safety, juveniles, families, courts, and corrections. She received a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver in 2007. As a Crisis System Coordinator at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), she works with a team to provide oversight for crisis services throughout the state. Her primary focus has been supporting the implementation of 988 and the integration of this new dialing code into the existing state crisis system. Her clinical work has concentrated on the intersection of trauma and the legal system. She is passionate about providing support for healing in a safe environment and has trained professionals in the areas of child sexual abuse, adolescent brain development, mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, and vicarious trauma.

Arizona Crisis Intervention Team Association (ACITA) provides Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) programs dedicated to training police officers. This community partnership includes mental health professionals, community members living with mental health and substance-use challenges, and other partners. CIT aims to create a compassionate and effective crisis response system and help persons with mental health or substance-use challenges access treatment when possible. The ACITA is dedicated to the implementation of Crisis Intervention Training programs throughout Arizona.

Every day in Arizona, officers encounter people struggling in crisis. For more than 20 years, officers have been utilizing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to help make these encounters safer and get people the help they need. CIT programs currently exist in most major areas of Arizona. These programs not only include specialized officer training, but also community and provider collaboration to provide wrap around response to individuals and families in crisis. This presentation will briefly discuss all of the aspects of CIT programs.

Picture of Amanda Stamps

Amanda Stamps works as the Training and Community Development Coordinator at a large behavioral health non-profit in Arizona and serves as owner of Practical Law Enforcement Crisis Solutions LLC. Prior to this, Ms. Stamps was with the Mesa Police Department for almost 24 years, retiring in 2022 as a detective. Ms. Stamps specializes in teaching mental illness and crisis intervention to officers and professional staff and has been involved in developing CIT programs across Arizona.

In 2015, Ms. Stamps became the first full-time CIT Program Coordinator for the Mesa Police Department and was involved in the creation of the Crisis Response Team, current co-responder model and crisis diversion program including policy development, personnel selection, and program evaluations.

Ms. Stamps has a BA in Psychology from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Relations from Northern Arizona University and is attending ASU in the College of Health Solutions in pursuit of a Doctor of Behavioral Health. Ms. Stamps was a founding member and Vice President of the Board of the Arizona CIT Association. Ms. Stamps has presented nationally on topics involving community crisis collaboratives and development of effective crisis systems within law enforcement.

Panel Presentation

Maricopa County agencies, including the Public Fiduciary’s Office (OPF), Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) and Office of Public Advocate (OPA), join together to facilitate conversation regarding mental health in the justice system. 

Sponsored by

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Event Vendors

Arizona Humane Society  
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Register as a Vendor

Vendor Registration Form
Please complete the vendor registration form by Saturday, April 15, 2023.
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Vendor Information
Vendor fee is $250. The fee may be waived for Expo Presenters and Maricopa County Government Agency Representatives.

Vendor set-up on May 6 is 9:00 am - 9:45 am. Vendors will receive a 3'x6' table with two chairs.
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