BRIAN SIMMONS: Tips to managing mental-health care

Brian Simmons picks up a hand gun in his driveway and initially ignores commands to put it down as officers react. [Still photo from Maricopa Police Department body-camera video]

Brianna Reinhold, a licensed counselor in Maricopa and owner of Northern Lights Therapy, explains persistence is key to helping a loved one experiencing a mental-health crisis.

“Don’t take no for an answer,” Reinhold said. “You’re going to get pushback.”

That pushback may come not only form the person needing help, but also from a potential care provider.

Reinhold said when the pushback comes from a care provider, don’t give in to it.

“Keep pushing. If you don’t like that answer, go to the next (provider),” she said. “Find somebody that will sit there and walk you through it, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand.”



Here’s a list of resources in Maricopa and Pinal County.


Northern Lights Therapy, PLLC. 623-243-2774

Wells Counseling Services, 520-709-6476

LaFrontera-Empact, 520-316-6068 or 480-317-2212


Community Bridges, 877-931-9142

Corazon Behavioral Health Services, 520-836-4278 or 520-836-1786

Horizon Health and Wellness, 833-431-4449