Community Mental Health forum on July 7



Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik has organized & will be moderating the event forum focusing on mental health,  with a presentation by Jennie Grabel from the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding to promote the opportunity for people to sign up for mental health first aid training. That’ll be followed by 5-7 minute presentations from each panel member and then there will be an audience Q&A.


Congressman Ron Barber (CD 2)

State Senator Dave Bradley  (LD 10)

State Representative Victoria Steele  (LD 9)
Chuck Burbank – CEO of Pasadera Network (former SAMHC)
Clarke Romans – CEO of NAMI
Host: Rabbi Sam Cohon
Councilman Kozachik says in his recent newsletter that this forum at Temple Emanuel is “related to mental health and how we are addressing that topic both legislatively and from a service provider standpoint.Every week we see demonstrable evidence of the need to make mental health advocacy a significant part of the gun death conversation”.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I find it ironic that Rabbi Sam Cohon is hosting this Community Forum on violence and mental health considering the fact that he has been arrested and jailed for Domestic Violence. Yes, he physically assaulted his current wife back in 2007, got arrested by Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and avoided prosecution by getting his current wife to not testify against him. His hypocrisy knows now boundaries.

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