“When psych beds go down, incarceration goes up”

January 4, 2016

Chief Biasotti of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) got it right. Since the 1950’s the number of psychiatric beds in the U.S. have been reduced by 95% (replaced by “community treatment”).   Now at least 14-16% of Arizona’s incarcerated prisoners suffer with mental illness.

Families are at their wit’s end as they try to secure proper treatment and placement for loved ones suffering with serious mental illness who, instead, cycle in and out of ERs, end up homeless, in our prisons or are outsourced to the police – and the morgue.  Also see DJ Jaffe’s It’s not about money – it’s about misplaced priorities.’

This is just one of the many gaps in Arizona’s mental health system! Here are some of the solutions bridging them: [Read more]

Anosognosia. Do the Seriously Mentally Ill know it?

January 4, 2016

Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”.  It frustrates their families  – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.

Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prisonSo they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.

This is a big problem.   But it isn’t the only problem.  [Read more]

Get to know Kelli Ward

December 28, 2015

Today Senator Kelli Ward announced her first round of endorsements for her 2016 run for the U.S. Senate.  I am proud to be among them.  Here’s why:

Over the last two years I have had the honor of working closely with Dr. Kelli Ward on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  In addition to chairing her own Committee – Senate Education – Kelli Ward was an exemplary Vice Chair of the Sen. HHS Committee, using her extensive expertise as an Osteopathic Physician in that capacity – promoting and supporting free market health care reforms, protections for the unborn and opposing the effects of Obamacare in Arizona.

We made progress in Arizona because of Dr. Kelli Ward.  Patients have more freedoms and choice today in Arizona because of her support and leadership. Arizona’s Medicaid system will have more accountability measures to protect taxpayers and to fight opioid addiction and doctor-shopping.  These are just a few ways Kelli Ward has made a difference in Arizona.

This is what we need in Washington D.C. –  Strong, fearless leadership.  Leadership that goes to the mat for health care freedom and that protects the vulnerable at every stage of life.

Let’s shake up Washington!  Join me in supporting Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate.

Two Events – You Are Invited!

December 12, 2015

Come to a Reception Honoring

Senators Sylvia Allen, Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko and Kimberly Yee.

WHEN: Tuesday Jan. 5th 5-7:30pm

WHERE:  Susie Steven’s Home 6116 N. 38th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253

SUPPORT Your Conservative Republican Women Senators!

RSVP:  info@nancybarto.com or donate online or by mail (see below)

Or plan to attend the event on January 6th

SUPPORTING:  Sen. Nancy Barto, Chairwoman of the Health & Human Services Committee

WHERE:  Hanny’s – 40 N. First St, Phoenix, AZ  from 1:30-3:30

Thank you!  Your support is much appreciated!

Nancy Barto for Senate
P.O. Box 71297 Phoenix, AZ 85050
Online at www.NancyBarto.com

Burges 2016
P.O. Box 5361 Sun City West, AZ 85375

Griffin for Senate 2016
P.O. Box 628 Hereford, AZ 85615

Re-Elect Debbie Lesko 2016
P.O. Box 5292 Peoria, AZ 85385
Or Online: www.DebbieLesko.com

Kimberly Yee for Arizona 2016
P.O. BOX 83561 Phoenix, AZ 85071
Or online: www.KimberlyYee.com

2nd event!

Maximum Contribution is $5,000 per election cycle. PAC checks accepted. Contributions from corporations, labor unions and foreign nationals are prohibited.
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Opposing Iran’s horrific actions

October 5, 2015

Rep. Rick Gray facilitated an effort in which 26 members of the Arizona Legislature expressed opposition to the Iranian regime and its appalling rise in executions and other horrific human rights violations.  The following letter was presented at a New York protest recently.  Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, John Bolton, many of our Generals and other military officers were in attendance – as well as many others.    [Read more]

Tracking Obamacare News

October 4, 2015

Rationing ‘Marginally Beneficially Care’ –  the scary side of ‘best practices’.

Obamacare ruined my healthcare-now I’m just another statistic – Raise your hand if this is you.

Obamacare taxes on the poor and middle class held at bay -….For now.

Obamacare Architect: Okay, Fine. Our Law Isn’t Controlling Costs! –  And sorry – Congress isn’t up for bailing insurers out!  Thank you for saving us $2.5B! [Read more]

Barto Panelist for October 13th “Morning Scoop”

October 4, 2015

What are you doing for breakfast next Tuesday, October 13th?  Join the HEALTH CARE discussion at Alexi’s Grill (3550 N. Central Ave)!   I will  join Rep. Randall Friese and Greg Vigdor, Pres/CEO of the Arizona Health Care and Hospital Association on the panel for this special ‘Morning Scoop’.

If you plan to attend, reserve your spot pronto.  The full buffet breakfast is free, but seating is limited.

Here’s the ‘scoop’:  [Read more]

Free the Grapes

October 3, 2015

Arizona’s laws are strangling our homegrown wineries.  Here’s why I’m sponsoring legislation in 2016 to set the grapes free:

Currently, a “small” winery located in-state or out-of-state that produces
less than 8,412 cases (20,000 gallons) of wine per year may ship an
unlimited amount of wine directly to Arizona consumers.

But…there are at least 1,000 wineries in the U.S. that have successfully
grown their business beyond 20,000 gallons, including some in Arizona.

However, the only way a wine connoisseur in Arizona can purchase wines from these medium-to-large
wineries is to actually visit the winery first!  And then he or she is limited to
receive only 2 cases of wine from that winery each year.  These 1,000
wineries produce more than 90% of the wine in the U.S.

These are unconstitutional restrictions according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.  See “Uncorking Consumer Choice: A case for direct wine sales”.

For nearly 10 years, wine shipments have been made directly to Arizona
consumers from hundreds of out-of-state small wineries.  But it’s time to give real
choice to Arizona consumers. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia
(soon to be 43 states) allow some winery-direct shipments; only Arkansas,
Rhode Island and Arizona require the consumer to visit the winery first,
and only four states have a “production cap,” including Arizona.

The time for replacing Arizona’s outdated and limited wine
shipping law is now.   
Read the recent AZ Republic article: Do you get wine shipped from out-of-state? That may be about to end. Here’s why.

The Politics in Your Tax Bill

September 23, 2015

Recently, Maricopa County Treasurer Hoskins included a political opinion piece letter in our property tax bills at taxpayer expense.  Concerned taxpayers should know that Mr. Hoskins’ editorial is filled with inaccuracies, omissions, and misleading statements concerning Prop. 117 and the specific protections in place for homeowners.  View the discussion here. [Read more]

A Prayer for the Judiciary

July 7, 2015

Father, we thank you for our protective system of government in the United States, designed so that even our courts and those who serve the people within them are subject to the Constitution as the highest authority – so that everyone from the small to the mighty might be both protected and held accountable.

We thank you for providing such a wonderfully clear example of how this works in your word when you established the principles by which the Priests would act as judges in Ezekial 44: 24. You said, “In a dispute they shall take their stand to judge; they shall judge it according to My laws and My statutes” – providing the very standards by which judges were to decide an issue – not according to what they thought was right at the moment or making up their own laws or regulations. [Read more]

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