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The Scottsdale Youth & Community Coalition is an alliance of professional resources and community leaders that support youth, young adults, and families in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Eating Disorders. The purpose of SYCC is to engage, educate, and empower our community through education, prevention and outreach.

 

We hold monthly Professionals Meetings (MPM) where community providers and social service organizations come together to share information and ideas on how to best serve the community of Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.

WHO WE ARE

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Rachel Rubenstein, LCSW

SYCC Board Chair

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Rachel Rubenstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Scottsdale, Arizona with over 20 years experience working with children, teens, adults, and families.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University in 1991 and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in 1999. Rachel has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She thrives when empowering others by sharing knowledge, perspective, decision making and creativity to assist clients in finding solutions to life’s most common challenges.

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Kristy Hahn-McDonald, MSW, LCSW

SYCC Board Community Liason Chair

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Kristy Hahn-McDonald is the Human Services Manager at Youth and Family Services with the City of Scottsdale. Kristy has worked in Human Services for the City since 2001. As a state licensed clinical social worker Kristy has worked with various populations including older adults, persons with disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness, culturally diverse communities, and currently working with adults and youth who enter the court system. Kristy manages the State licensed Behavioral Health component at Youth and Family Services where she oversees the mental health programs, provides supervision of licensed therapists and management of restorative justice programs along with Adult and Community Intervention Court programs. She is a board member for the Mental Health Matters Coalition and Scottsdale Youth Community Coalition with the purpose of addressing local mental health needs in her community. Kristy is passionate about the work of Scottsdale Human Services and is always eager to engage with others for the purpose of addressing unmet needs and services.

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Christine Driscoll, LASAC

SYCC Board Vice Chair

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Christine Driscoll, MC, LASAC is a counselor with 30 plus years in the Mental Health Field. She has practiced Individual, Family Systems and Crisis Counseling. She has extensive training in parenting and working with at risk youth. Her passion is helping others. Driscoll is currently a Clinical Outreach Representative for Discovery Behavioral Health www.discoverymood.com. She also co-founded the Scottsdale Youth and Community Coalition to build a community alliance to empower, engage and educate the Scottsdale and surrounding community on our three pillars, Substance Use, Mental Health and Eating Disorders. Christine and Francine started Mental Health Matters to support the community at large with all thing’s mental health. She is happily married for 30yrs and a mom of two adult children.

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Jennifer Cohan, MBA

SYCC Board Secretary Chair

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Jen brings over 30 years of experience in the business side of health care to our nonprofit organization. With an MBA in Business Health Care Management, Jen has excelled in a variety of roles, particularly in client relations and business development. Her extensive expertise and dedication to improving health care services have been invaluable assets throughout her career. Recently, Jen graduated from the SHE Leads program at the Arizona Foundation for Women, where she demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and emerged as the top fundraiser of her cohort. This achievement underscores her commitment to leadership and her ability to inspire and mobilize resources for meaningful causes. Jen is deeply passionate about fitness, health, and wellness, which aligns perfectly with our mission to support youth mental health. Originally from New Mexico, she has called the Phoenix metro area home since 2001. Jen is happily married and a dedicated dog mom, embodying a warm and nurturing spirit that she brings to our board. We are thrilled to have Jen's experience, passion, and leadership on our board as we work together to make a positive impact on the mental health of young people in our community.

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Debi Eldher

SYCC Board Education & Outreach Chair

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Debi has worked at Aurora Behavioral Health for 4.5 years as a Community Liaison, and she absolutely loves their hospitals, culture, and the incredible work they do to meet the mental health needs of the community. Debi has a big basket of random skills, making this her perfect job. Mental Health has been her passion for 12 years, and she enjoys building relationships with everyone she meets. Debi is a huge animal fan, and it’s one of her life goals to pet all of the dogs. She has been married for 34 years with 2 daughters, ages 27 and 28, a son-in-law, one dog, and two granddogs. Debi loves connecting with people, hearing their stories, and learning what she can from each interaction. Debi’s life motto is Love God, Love People.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Coalition is a great place to connect with the community and other professionals to learn, share resources, and grow together!

  • Monthly Professional Meetings (MPM) - VIRTUAL

  • Quarterly CEU Events - Offered by SYCC & Aurora Behavioral Health

  • Coffee with the Coalition - IN PERSON

Contact us if you'd like to be added to our coalition email list to find out about future events!

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EMAIL

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(602) 705-2735

Christine Driscoll, LASAC

Christine.driscoll@cottonwoodtucson.com

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