"Chick is to the mentally ill of Arizona what Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. was to African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement."
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For more than 30 years, Chick Arnold has been a forceful advocate
for the rights of the elderly and mentally ill. His 1981 class action lawsuit on
behalf of Maricopa County's seriously mentally ill population alleged that the
State of Arizona failed to fund a comprehensive mental health system as required
by state law. In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed, in Arnold v. Sarn,
that the State had indeed violated its statutory duty. Ongoing compliance with
the lawsuit has resulted in additional annual State funding in the hundreds of
millions of dollars for the benefit of seriously mentally ill Arizonans. (Read
final resolution of this issue.)
A Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (Arizona
Board of Legal Specialization), Chick chairs the Maricopa County Superior
Courts' Task Force on Mental Health Services and is a past chair of the State
Bar of Arizona's Elder Law and Mental Health Section. He authored the State
Bar's "Arizona Resource Guide for Families of Persons With Serious Mental
Illness" (2001) and co-authored the "Arizona Probate Code Manual" (1999). He is
a long-time board member of the Mental Health Association of Maricopa County,
PLAN of Arizona, Inc., and Mentally Ill Kids in Distress.
In 2013, Chick received the Judge Learned Hand Community
Service Award in recognition of his "sustained contributions to
the advancement of equality and democratic principles."
Chick is an AV Preeminent rated attorney, signifying
Martindale-Hubbell's highest ratings for legal ability and ethical standards. He
is an 11-time Super Lawyers selectee.
Mental Health America of Arizona Hall of Fame, 2017
“People Service Action Champion,” PSA Behavioral Health
Arizona Fiduciary Hall of Fame, 2015
RISE Lifetime Achievement Award, Mercy Maricopa Integrated
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