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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Habilitation Provider

A home and community based service provider certified through the Department of Economic Security/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DES/DDD) and registered with the AHCCCS Administration.

HB 2003 Permanent Housing Programs

The HB 2003 permanent housing program is a legislative appropriation for housing and housing related services. ADHS/DBHS used these funds to purchase homes and apartments through non-profit organizations who serve as contracted housing administrators. Each tenant pays a percentage of his/her adjusted income towards rent and sign and abide by the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenants Act and property lease agreements.

Health Care Decision-Maker

An individual who is authorized to make health care treatment decisions for a person, including the parent of a minor or an individual who is authorized pursuant to A.R.S., Title 14, Chapter 5, Article 2 or 3, or A.R.S. §§ 36-3221, 36-3231.

Health Care Power of Attorney

A person who is an adult may designate another adult individual or other adult individuals to make health care decisions on that person's behalf by executing a written health care power of attorney that meets all the following requirements:

  • Contains language that clearly indicates that the person intends to create a health care power of attorney;
  • Is dated and signed or marked by the person who is the subject of the health care power of attorney [except as provided under A.R.S.§ 36-3221 (B)]; and
  • Is notarized or is witnessed in writing by at least one adult who affirms the notary or witness was present when the person dated and signed or marked the health care power of attorney [except as provided under A.R.S.§ 36-3221 (B)] and that the person appeared to be of sound mind and free from duress at the time the of execution of the health care power of attorney.

Health Care Professional

A physician, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor, psychologist, dentist, physician assistant, physical or occupational therapist, therapist assistant, speech language pathologist, audiologist, registered or practical nurse (including nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist and certified nurse midwife), licensed social worker, registered respiratory therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor.

Health Care Provider

Any person or organization that furnishes, bills or is paid for health care.

Health Disparities

  1. Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.
  2. A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health and/or a clean environment based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

A federal law that includes a section on administrative simplification requiring standardization of electronic date interchanges and greater protection of confidentiality and security of health data. The HIPAA Rule contains a number of words and phrases that have specific meaning as applied to the HIPAA Rule. Examples of such words and phrases include, but are not limited to, "treatment," "payment," "health care operations," "designated record set" and "protected health information." (45 C.F.R. §§ 160.103 and 164.501)

High-risk Pregnancy

A pregnancy in which the mother, fetus, or newborn is, or is anticipated to be, at increased risk for morbidity or mortality before or after delivery. High-risk is determined through the use of the Medical Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA) or American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) standardized medical risk assessment tools.


Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (Title XIII, Subsection D of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Expands the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and increases the penalties for HIPAA violations.

HIV-Related Information (A.R.S. § 36-661)

Information concerning whether a person has had an HIV-related test or has HIV infection, HIV related illness or acquired immune deficiency syndrome and includes information which identifies or reasonably permits identification of that person or the person's contacts.

Home Care Training to Home Care Client (HCTC) Provider

Services provided by a behavioral health therapeutic home to a person residing in his/her home in order to implement the in-home portion of the person's service plan. HCTC services assist and support a person in achieving his/her service plan goals and objectives and also helps the person remain in the community setting, thereby avoiding residential, inpatient or institutional care. Services include supervision and the provision of behavioral health support services including personal care, psychosocial rehabilitation, skills training and development, transportation of the person when necessary to activities such as therapy and visitations and/or the participation in treatment and discharge planning.

Special provisions for providers of HCTC services to children:

  • Must be a DES licensed professional foster care home (A.A.C. R6-5-5850); or
  • Be licensed by federally recognized Indian Tribes that attest to CMS (via AHCCCS) that they meet equivalent requirements.

Special provisions for providers of HCTC services to adults:

  • Must be an OBHL licensed Behavioral Health Therapeutic Home (A.A.C. R9-20-1501 et seq.); or
  • Be licensed by federally recognized Indian Tribes that attest to CMS (via AHCCCS) that they meet equivalent requirements.


The T/RBHA with which the person is currently enrolled.


As defined in 42 U.S.C. § 11302, the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes:

  1. An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:
    • A supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
    • An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
    • A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.


ADHS/DBHS and T/RBHA funded or partially funded independent housing; Supported Housing (H0043) as defined in the ADHS/DBHS Covered Behavioral Health Services Guide; and/or federally funded or mixed federal/state funded housing.

Housing Administrator

Non-profit organization contracted by the RBHA or a non-profit RBHA that administers housing grants and programs.

Housing Referral

A written authorization from the RBHA for the provision of covered services to an eligible member. The Housing Referral will constitute the agreement of the provider to provide services identified in the tenant's ISP. Housing Referrals will be in such form and format determined by the RBHA.

Human Rights Committees

Human Rights Committees are established by state statute to provide independent oversight and to ensure the rights of enrolled persons are protected. There is one Human Rights Committee established for each region and the Arizona State Hospital, with each committee providing independent oversight and review within its respective jurisdiction.