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Dr. Margie Balfour Featured in The University of Arizona Health Sciences Connect


Margaret “Margie” Balfour, MD, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, received the Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year award at the 2021 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Convention for her ongoing work in crisis intervention and law enforcement.


“This award means a lot because it validates the great collaboration between law enforcement and the behavioral health crisis system in Tucson and Pima County,” Dr. Balfour said.


Dr. Balfour also is chief of quality and clinical innovation at Connections Health Solutions, an organization that provides behavioral health crisis care to those in need. Connections Health Solutions operates and manages the Tucson Crisis Response Center (CRC), which Dr. Balfour oversees as the clinical leader. The CRC is an observation and evaluation facility that provides help to people experiencing various types of crises. Today, Tucson’s Crisis Response Center is the centerpiece of a premier crisis system in the U.S. and hosts visitors from across the country seeking to learn about best practices in crisis care.


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