Division of Behavioral Health Services
Arnold v. Sarn
A class action suit—Arnold v. Sarn—was filed in 1981 against the State of Arizona alleging that the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County did not provide a comprehensive community mental health system as required by statute.
In 1986, the trial court entered judgment holding the State (ADHS) and Maricopa County violated its statutory duty; the Supreme Court affirmed this decision in 1989.
In January 2014, officials at ADHS, Maricopa County, and office of the Governor reached an agreement with Plaintiffs, an exit to the Arnold v. Sarn Stipulation for Providing Community Services and for Terminating the Litigation, signed in January 2014, whereby they agreed to provide certain community services and terminate the litigation. The agreement includes an increase of services in four areas: Assertive Community Treatment, Supported Employment, Supportive Housing and Peer and Family Services. The agreement also provides for the use of several tools by the parties to evaluate services provided in Maricopa County, including a quality service review, network capacity analysis and SAMHSA fidelity tools.
ADHS has until the end of fiscal year 2016 to see these increases in services are met.
News & Events
For the latest news about Arnold v. Sarn visit the Behavioral Health Blog.
- August 2014: Quality Service Report
- July 2014: Technical assistance sessions for fidelity reviews taking place July-August.
- July 2014: Fidelity Reviewers Hired
ADHS has hired five fidelity reviewers who are responsible for reviewing the providers in four evidence based practice areas.
- March 2014: Seeking a Fidelity Reviewer
ADHS is seeking Fidelity Reviewers to conduct the provider reviews over a two year contract period.
Additional news and events are available in the News Archive.
Download the printable handout with Arnold Case Subject Matter Contacts or email email us. You can also look up your question in the Frequently Asked Questions, find a list of the most common terms and definitions used in this case, and explore the Fidelity Tools being utilized.