Gila River RBHA?
RBHA is located within the New Beginnings Building in Sacaton,
Gila River RBHA (Regional Behavioral Health Authority) is an agency
that provides mental health care, substance abuse treatment, crisis
services, and prevention services to residents of the Gila River
Indian Community and enrolled members who live outside of the reservation.
The Gila River RBHA was established in 1996 and is part of the Gila
River Health Care Corporation. We are funded through the Arizona
Department of Health Services and the Gila River Health Care Corporation.
The Gila River
Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) celebrates National
Parent Leadership Month
Parents Anonymous, Inc. has proclaimed February as National Parent
Leadership Month. It is celebrated in order to recognize and honor
parents for their leadership in their homes and communities. The
Gila River RBHA will be participating in National Parent Leadership
Month by acknowledging parents in the Indian community who have
demonstrated great parenting skills such as role-modeling positive
productive behavior, taking on leadership roles in the community
such as a mentor or advocate, or helping a child achieve their academic
potential by participating in school events and activities.
This year Gila
River RBHA has awarded certificates of recognition to leaders in
the Gila River Indian Community, and those who support meaningful
relationships with the Native Americans from all over. This year’s
recipients are: Mary Kim Titla from the Native American Youth Magazine;
Kevin Pollins, a case manager from Gila River RBHA and Chairman
of the Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention;
and Eugene Kisto and his Fiancée Donnette Lewis, parents
and community members from District 1 of the Gila River Indian Community.
Thank you for all the work you do to better our families and communities.
The Gila River
RBHA has joined the Parent leadership network, a unique online community
that shares parent leadership opportunities. To join you may register
for free at
Gila River RBHA will also have a community bulletin board with resources
and acknowledgements posted in the lobby of the New Beginnings building,
behind the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton. Other resource
links that can assist parents include Parents
Native Youth Magazine, Parenting
Arizona, and the Fresh
Start Women's Foundation.
Risks and Resources
is a highly addictive stimulant drug made by mixing household chemicals
that are used to unclog your drain, clean your car engine, power
batteries, fertilize crops, and manufacture fireworks. Meth modifies
the brain’s pleasure receptors by producing excess levels
of dopamine, a natural chemical found in the brain. The excess dopamine
allows the user to experience a fairly rapid, but brief rush, followed
by a longer period of euphoria. After the euphoric feeling, the
user will crash – a long period of lethargy, depression, paranoia,
agitation, and other behavioral issues.
is a highly addictive and destructive drug. Long-term use can cause
permanent damage to the brain, and have devastating physical effects
like extreme weight loss, hair loss, rotting teeth, and open sores
or scars. The following signs are indicators of methamphetamine
or anxious appearance
odor on breath
sense of power
in once pleasurable activities
mid-February, Janet Carpentier, Meth Therapist for the Gila River
RBHA will begin the matrix Model Intensive Out Patient methamphetamine
Program. For more information about the program you can contact
Janet at 602-528-7174. If you or someone you know is showing signs
of methamphetamine use please call Gila River RBHA at 602-528-7100
to learn more on how to get help.