ADHS will be performing maintenance on the Medical Marijuana systems starting on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10 PM expected to be completed by Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4 AM. During this time, Medical Marijuana Online Registry Applications will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience this maintenance downtime may cause. If the process is completed earlier, the systems will be made available at an earlier time.

Division of Behavioral Health Services


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Lawful Presence

The designation given to a non-U.S. citizen who is living in the United States with permission as granted by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), or at the approval of the Attorney General of the United States.

Letter of Authorization (LOA)

A correspondence from the T/RBHA to ASH approving continued stay in ASH.

Licensed Midwife

An individual licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide maternity care pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Title 36, Chapter 6, Article 7 and Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 16 (This provider type does not include certified nurse midwives licensed by the Board of Nursing as a nurse practitioner in midwifery or physician assistants licensed by the Arizona Medical Board).

Limited Authorization

A service authorization that falls short of the original request, with respect to either the duration, frequency, or type of service requested.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

Persons who have difficulty speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language due to many reasons such as:

  • Were not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; or
  • Come from environments where a language other than English is dominant; or
  • Come from environments where a language other than English has had a significant impact on their level of English language proficiency.

Linguistic Competence

The capacity of an organization and its personnel to effectively communicate in a manner that is easily understood by diverse audiences including persons of Limited English Proficiency, those who are illiterate or have low literacy skills, and individuals with disabilities. This may include, but is not limited to, bilingual/bicultural staff and other organizational capacity such as telecommunication systems, sign or foreign language interpretation services, alternative formats, and translation of legally binding documents (e.g. consent forms, confidentiality and recipient rights statements, release of information, member handbooks and health education materials).

Linguistic Need

The unique needs of an individual which include, but are not limited to: primary language; preferred language; languages spoken at home; and/or alternative language.