About The NARBHA Institute

The NARBHA Institute, an IRC 501(c)3 not for profit organization and public charity, is the successor to the former Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority. Adopted by our Board of Directors, this evolution reflects our aspiration of aligning our legacy of stewardship with the profound opportunity to advance and improve integrated wellness in our communities.

The NARBHA Institute advances wellbeing in northern Arizona by inspiring hope, energizing coalitions, and amplifying diverse voices.

Originally founded to conduct community programs, research, treatment, and services in the mental health field, NARBHA became a managed care entity and served for several decades as a state-contracted Regional Behavioral Health Authority. In 2015, NARBHA developed a partnership with Health Choice Arizona, now a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, to implement integration of physical and behavioral health and community reinvestment. Anchored on NARBHA’s legacy, The Institute shares its retained funds and broad resources to illuminate and strengthen health equity.

Our services focus in Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and the northern portion of Gila Counties (see map).

Our aspiration is to use our organizational influence and funds to enhance wellbeing in Northern Arizona through our Strategic Initiatives. We are grateful to serve as a catalyst and conveyor of transformative solutions. We have begun this initiative by commissioning a Comprehensive Community Need and Resource Assessment in partnership with Northern Arizona Health Care Foundation. This Assessment, led by Northern Arizona University (NAU), provides an enriched understanding of the challenges and disparities in our communities and helps guide and inform our priorities. You can download our latest Assessment HERE.

Guided by our Board of Directors, the Institute Leadership Team, and our Transformational Fellows, The NARBHA Institute looks at emerging trends and innovative solutions, remaining in continuous discovery and sparking catalytic engagement to inform, transform, and collaborate for meaningful wellness in the communities we serve.

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