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 research in the mental health field, NARBHA became a managed care entity and served as the state-contracted Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Northern Arizona until Spetember 30, 2015. With Arizona's goal of integrated physical and behavioral health services, The NARBHA Institute then partnered with Health Choice Arizona and the two jointly founded Health Choice Integrated care, a separate company which served as the RBHA until September 30, 2018. As of October 1, 2018, the RBHA Contract transitioned back to Health Choice Arizona with which The NARBHA Institute has an ongoing collaborative relationship. Additionally, The NARBHA Institute also supports three affiliates, a behavioral health hospital and clinic, a supported housing program and an economic development organization.

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. 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.

Guided by our Board of Directors, Legacy Council, and Transformational Fellows, The NARBHA Institute looks with enthusiasm and energy at emerging trends and innovative solutions and we remain in continuous discovery, sparking catalytic engagement to inform, transform and collaborate to achieve meaningful wellness in the communities we serve.