Healing That Helps You Get Unstuck
Every person grows and learns in different ways. To that point, every counselor or guide has their own techniques and exercises to help clients. Not every method is effective for everyone, but with the right guidance, you can defeat your inner demons and recapture your life. That's where Christy Maxey thrives.
Christy is a trauma EMDR coach dedicated to empowering people with the knowledge of true self-love. She aims to help men and women overcome negative self-talk and patterns and finally live the fulfilling life they deserve. Christy has a special focus on supporting women who experience anxiety, depression, lack of self-trust, people-pleasing, and feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, she's an expert in helping men who are navigating anger, stress, and relationship challenges.
If you have received help from therapists and life coaches in the past but find yourself falling back into the same patterns as before, know that you're not alone. The simple truth could be that whatever problem you were trying to face was left unresolved.
Essentially, you cut the top of the weed, but you didn't pull out the entire root. In a sense, you put a band-aid on a serious wound when you needed more comprehensive, specialized treatment. Unlike many life coaches, Christy Maxey aims to solve the root cause of your mental and physical symptoms. By addressing the cause of your issues, you can reclaim your life and move forward without the baggage you've carried for so long. Take it from us - it's an incredible feeling!
Some of the most common problems that Christy helps solve for patients include:
- Difficulty Dealing with the Emotional Content at the Center of Their Problems
- A Lack of Resistance to and Awareness of "What Is"
- Fear and Uncertainty About Making Changes
- Fear of Getting Compassionate Help and Guidance
- Believing False Narratives Associated with Past Traumas and Experiences
Created by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 as a treatment method for post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is an evidence-based treatment approach that provides both trauma-informed treatment and treatment protocol. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR employs bilateral stimulation to replicate the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep. In fact, EMDR treatments have shown that the mind can heal from psychological trauma faster than traditional talk therapy.
Traumatic events often lead to negative beliefs and emotions, such as shame, anger, and sadness. EMDR enables your brain to reprocess such events, promoting healing, well-being, and positivity in patients.
If you're wondering whether or not EMDR treatment from Christy Maxey might be a good choice for you and your family, ask yourself these questions:
- Do You Feel Stuck in Your Life?
- Do You Find Yourself Stuck Feeling the Same Types of Fear, Sadness, or Anxiety?
- Have You Grown Accustomed to a Negative Inner Critic?
- Do You Feel Stuck with Feelings of Shame from Past Mistakes or Traumas?
- Are You Always Repeating the Same Patterns in Relationships? Too Nice, Too Accepting, Avoidant, Easy to Get Triggered, Etc.?
- Is Your Brain Full of Self-Doubt and Harmful Self-Talk?
How Does EMDR Therapy Work?
Once it's agreed that EMDR therapy is suitable for you, your initial sessions involve discussing your goals and enhancing your ability to cope with stress. In the following phases of EMDR therapy, you concentrate on a specific event or focus on a negative image, belief, emotion, or bodily sensation related to the event. You then focus on a positive belief indicating that the issue has been resolved.
While you're focused on the upsetting event, Christy begins sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. After each set, you are guided to observe what comes to mind. Shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs about the event may occur. It should be noted that you can stop therapy at any moment if necessary. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps will be repeated until distress caused by the event decreases. EMDR therapy can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other forms of therapy offered through the Maxx Method.
To help paint you a picture of how EMDR therapy works, think of it like a cast for a broken bone. Unlike other forms of therapy, however, EMDR can be more uncomfortable than traditional treatments. It's important to be ready for possible emotional exhaustion afterward. To cope, you can create a relaxing playlist and plan some activities to unwind. Once the sessions are finished, take some time to recharge and decompress.
Who Should Use EMDR Therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ?
EMDR therapy is something anyone can benefit from. It's not only reserved for people with extreme experiences or traumas. Even mild cases of anxiety and depression can be treated by a trained EMDR coach like Christy Maxey. When you remember something that reminds you of a bad experience, your body might react like it's in danger, even if it's not. This is a normal reaction, but if it keeps happening, it can make you feel really stressed out. With EMDR, you can heal and learn new ways to cope without having to talk about exactly what happened. This can help you feel better and live your life without over-worrying and ruminating on negativity.
If you're one of the many people who have experienced lackluster results from one or more EMDR sessions, it's crucial that you do not give up hope. In fact, many men and women come to Christy Maxey having had poor EMDR experiences. Thankfully, they soon realize how impactful and fulfilling the therapy can be for trauma. That's especially true when combined with other therapies like Inner Child Healing and Guided Visualization. Of course, EMDR therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ, isn't the best choice for every patient - after all, every person is different and responds to therapies in different ways.
To truly discover if EMDR therapy is the right choice for your mind and body, contact Christy ASAP to schedule your initial consultation. That way, you and Christy can get to know each other better and discover the best ways to promote long-term healing and well-being. With that said, patients choose EMDR treatments for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for using EMDR therapy include the following:
- Panic Attacks and Anxiety
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome)
- Eating Disorders like Bulimia, Anorexia, and More
- Trauma from Abuse and Violence
- Abusive or Violent Relationships
- Rest and Sleep Problems
- Social Anxiety
- Childhood Trauma and Abuse
- Anger and Sadness
- Fear of Speaking in Public
- Betrayal and Grief
The Life-Changing Benefits of EMDR Therapy
Though EMDR therapy is more popular than ever, many people are still unaware of its benefits and how life-changing the therapy can be for people who are stuck. If that sounds like you, keep these benefits in mind as you continue to research this amazing therapy choice.
Triumph Over Trauma
Recovering from a traumatic experience can be extremely challenging, but EMDR therapy can provide a solution. Trauma can create triggers that make you feel like you're experiencing the event all over again. EMDR can help reorganize the thoughts, feelings, and experiences associated with the trauma so that you no longer feel controlled by it. While the effects of trauma may never completely disappear, EMDR can significantly reduce its impact on your life and enable you to live in the present without constantly reliving the past.
Enhance Your Mental Fortitude
Achieving personal growth involves accepting one's identity, building self-esteem, and understanding the internal narratives that shape our daily experiences. EMDR and guided therapeutic processing can help create a peaceful, efficient, and confident setting for individuals to accept their past and move forward. This therapeutic process empowers individuals, providing them with the strength and courage to confront any obstacle that impedes their well-being.
Reshape Your Life
During EMDR therapy sessions, traumatic events are broken down, enabling patients to gain a different perspective on negative events. This altered view can be as life-changing as the traumatic event itself, giving individuals greater control over how they adapt to the effects of trauma.
Overcome Circular Thinking
If you struggle with circular thinking patterns related to anxiety disorders, phobias, or generalized anxiety, EMDR therapy may be helpful. EMDR can assist you in overcoming these thought spirals by teaching you how to deal with your fears and worries without becoming overwhelmed by anxiety.
Understanding the Phases of EMDR Therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ
According to the EMDR Institute, there are eight phases in traditional EMDR treatment:
The EMDR Institute has identified eight phases of EMDR therapy. These are:
- History and Treatment Planning
- Body scan
History and Treatment Planning
During the initial stage of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Christy will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your medical and emotional history and create a treatment plan. This stage involves discussing the particular issue that led you to seek therapy. You'll also identify behaviors and symptoms associated with the issues you're facing. Based on this information, Christy will develop a personalized treatment plan that outlines the goals to be addressed using EMDR therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ:
- The Traumas or Events Causing Issues
- Present-Day Problems and Traumas Causing Distress
- Healthy Behaviors and Skills Needed for Long-Term Well-Being
During this phase, Christy will explain the theory of EMDR, how it is applied, and what you can expect during and after treatment. Christy will then teach you several techniques for relaxation so that you have the tools to calm down in the event of emotional disturbance.
One of the biggest goals of this first phase is to establish trust between you and your EMDR coach. While you don't have to go into great detail about disturbing memories, if you don't trust your therapist, you may not accurately report what is felt and what changes you are or aren't experiencing. If your goal is to please the therapist and say you feel better when you really aren't, no therapy in the world will resolve your trauma.
In this phase, you will be prompted to access each target in a controlled manner so it can be effectively processed. Processing does not mean talking about it. From there, Christy identifies different parts of the target to be processed. The first step is for you to select a specific image or mental picture from the target event (identified during Phase One) that best represents the memory.
You then choose a positive statement that you would like to believe. The statement should have an internal sense of control, such as "I am valuable/lovable/a good person/in control" or "I can achieve success." In some cases, when the primary emotion is fear, such as after a natural disaster, the negative thought could be "I am in danger," and the positive thought could be "I am safe now." "I am in danger" is considered a negative thought because fear is no longer necessary, but it is still present in the nervous system. The positive thought should reflect what is appropriate in the present moment.
During this phase, you will also identify negative emotions like anger or fear and physical sensations that you associate with trauma.
This phase of EMDR therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ, hones in on the disturbing sensations and emotions associated with your trauma and the ways that you respond to it. In doing so, patients often resolve similar events as well. The goal of this phase is to use sounds, taps, or eye movements with shifting focus until your subjective disturbance levels are lowered.
The goal here is to concentrate on the positive belief that you have identified to replace your negative belief(s). For example, you may have suffered child abuse in your younger years and hold the negative belief that you are powerless. Christy will help strengthen and install positive cognitions that reinforce the fact that you are in control, not the negative thoughts and emotions keeping you stuck.
Research into EMDR sessions indicates that physical responses to unresolved thoughts are common. After your positive cognition is fortified and installed, Christy will ask that you bring the original target event to the forefront of your mind. If she notices any additional body tension, those physical sensations are reprocessed. If you do not have any body tension or symptoms present when your original target event is brought up, your EMDR session is considered successful.
Typical EMDR sessions end with closure and a debriefing on what you can expect between your current and subsequent EMDR sessions. If necessary, Christy will provide calming techniques that you can use outside of therapy. This part of the EMDR process ensures that you leave Christy's office feeling better than you did at the beginning of the session.
This phase gives Christy insight into any other treatment plans that may be necessary for your healing and well-being. Like any type of sound therapy, reevaluation is critical in determining the success of your EMDR treatment over a period of time.
Reshape Your Life with EMDR Therapy from Christy Maxey
Regardless of the events and trauma keeping you stuck, EMDR might be a viable solution for reclaiming your life. Christy Maxey provides patients with the safe space needed to do so. If you're ready to let go of past or present traumas and reclaim your love of life, EMDR therapy could be the first step on your healing journey. Contact our office today to learn more about the Maxx Method, EMDR therapy in San Tan Valley, AZ, EMDR online, and how Christy Maxey can help you defeat the inner demons holding you back.
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After latest monsoon storm leaves path of destruction, clean-up begins in San Tan Valley
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Uprooted trees and trampolines scattered along city roads were just some of the damage you could see early Friday morning after a powerful monsoon rolled in to Arizona, vastly affecting the East Valley.According to rainfall totals measured last night, more than an inch fell in a single hour in San Tan Valley. At its peak, winds were more than 60 miles per hour and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees: from 108 degrees to 88 degrees.“I have lived here for pretty much my whole 28...
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Uprooted trees and trampolines scattered along city roads were just some of the damage you could see early Friday morning after a powerful monsoon rolled in to Arizona, vastly affecting the East Valley.
According to rainfall totals measured last night, more than an inch fell in a single hour in San Tan Valley. At its peak, winds were more than 60 miles per hour and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees: from 108 degrees to 88 degrees.
“I have lived here for pretty much my whole 28 years of life and I’ve never seen a storm like this before,” resident Chelsei Sherred told Arizona’s Family. She says a tree fell on her house.
As for Phoenix, the official dry streak finally ended Thursday night, with measurable rainfall at Sky Harbor just before 9 p.m. It marked the end of a dramatic drought on the city, which had 147 days of no measurable rainfall. And it’s not over, either.
Arizona’s Family First Alert Weather meteorologists are forecasting a high chance of rain and cooler temperatures to last into the weekend. In this round of storms, the heaviest amounts of rain are anticipated for Western Arizona, and the western portion of Maricopa County, including areas like Tonopah, Buckeye, Goodyear. The weekend’s storms are largely to be driven, and dependent on the path of Hurricane Hilary, which current models appear to have the bulk of moisture into Southern California.
The National Weather Service says a Flood Watch has been issued for portions of Arizona starting Saturday morning. Areas include along and west of from Wickenburg to Gila Bend, and including all of southeast California. “With rainfall amounts forecast around 2 to 6 inches across Southern California and Southwest AZ, and localized amounts up to 10 inches possible, there is potential for widespread significant flooding across the region,” the agency said. The Flood Watch is expected to expire Monday afternoon.
CNN reported that Hurricane Hilary has intensified into a Category 4 storm as it nears Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Hilary was churning about 425 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, early Friday morning with sustained winds of 140 mph with stronger gusts, the National Hurricane Center said. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles has also warned of the potential for dangerously high surf, rip currents and coastal flooding.
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REMINDER: San Tan Valley Veterans Center Unveils Out-of-this-World Haunted House Adventure
If you ever wondered about the mysteries of Area 51, here's your chance to experience it up close – and a tad spookier! Get ready for an interstellar journey as San Tan Valley Veterans Center, in collaboration with ART for Kids, introduces the "STV Veterans Center's Area 51 ½: A Family Adventure Haunted House." This unique attraction is poised to provide families with a blend of alien thrill and supernatural fun without crossing into nightmare territory.Located at 5764 E Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley, AZ 85132, the A...
If you ever wondered about the mysteries of Area 51, here's your chance to experience it up close – and a tad spookier! Get ready for an interstellar journey as San Tan Valley Veterans Center, in collaboration with ART for Kids, introduces the "STV Veterans Center's Area 51 ½: A Family Adventure Haunted House." This unique attraction is poised to provide families with a blend of alien thrill and supernatural fun without crossing into nightmare territory.
Located at 5764 E Hunt Hwy, San Tan Valley, AZ 85132, the Area 51 ½-Themed Haunted House will be open for supernatural explorers on October 20-22 and October 27-29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This family-friendly haunted house aims to elevate the typical haunting experience by harmoniously melding together the intrigue of the cosmos with wholesome family fun. This ensures that every visitor, young or old, can enjoy the chilling wonders of extraterrestrial phenomena in a safe environment.
"Expect an adventure of cosmic proportions," remarked John Meyer, one of the brains behind this supernatural extravaganza. He added, "While our primary objective is to offer families an unforgettable experience, we remain deeply committed to our mission – supporting veterans and promoting youth programs."
Indeed, the Area 51 ½ Haunted House is not merely about fun. Every ticket purchased and every step taken into the alien world contributes towards the noble cause of supporting veterans and youth programs. With an entry fee of just $10 per person, visitors can have an exciting outing while also making a positive impact.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Psy-Ops Haunted Attraction, ensuring that every spooky corner and alien encounter is perfect. The Veterans Center is always on the lookout for generous sponsors. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about this hair-raising, yet family-friendly extraterrestrial adventure, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://stv-veteranscenter.com/psy-ops-haunted-house.
Remember, when you step into the realm of Area 51 ½, you're not just embracing the unknown – you're supporting a great cause!
About San Tan Valley Veterans Center:
The STV Veterans Center is dedicated to supporting veterans while also promoting youth programs in the community. Through collaborations and events like the Area 51 ½ Haunted House, they aim to provide entertainment while staying true to their mission.
Exploring the Natural Beauty of San Tan Valley, AZ
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Nestled amidst the Sonoran Desert and the lush San Tan Mountains, San Tan Valley, Arizona, is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This rapidly growing community, located in the southeastern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, offers a wealth of opportunities to connect with nature and experience the captivating beauty of the Arizona landscape. In this article, we will embark on a journey to explore the natural wonders that ma...
Nestled amidst the Sonoran Desert and the lush San Tan Mountains, San Tan Valley, Arizona, is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This rapidly growing community, located in the southeastern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, offers a wealth of opportunities to connect with nature and experience the captivating beauty of the Arizona landscape. In this article, we will embark on a journey to explore the natural wonders that make San Tan Valley a unique and rewarding destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the great outdoors.
1. San Tan Mountain Regional Park: A Hiker's Paradise
At the heart of San Tan Valley lies the majestic San Tan Mountain Regional Park, spanning over 10,000 acres. This pristine desert park is a paradise for hikers, with numerous trails catering to all skill levels. Whether you're an experienced hiker looking for a challenging ascent or a family seeking a leisurely walk, the park has something for everyone. Along the trails, you'll encounter stunning vistas, unique desert flora and fauna, and an opportunity to experience the raw beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
2. Horseback Riding: Saddle Up and Explore
San Tan Valley is known for its equestrian culture, and the open desert terrain is perfect for horseback riding. Many local ranches offer guided horseback tours through the scenic San Tan Mountains, providing an authentic Western experience. This is an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of the area from a unique perspective.
3. Scenic Drives: Take in the Desert Views
If you prefer to explore the area by car, you're in for a treat. San Tan Valley is surrounded by picturesque desert landscapes and rolling hills. Take a drive along the San Tan Valley Scenic Route, which offers breathtaking views of the desert and mountain ranges. Keep your camera handy, as you're bound to encounter stunning photo opportunities at every turn.
4. Bird Watching: A Haven for Avian Enthusiasts
San Tan Valley is a birdwatcher's delight, with its diverse avian population. Grab your binoculars and head to one of the local parks, such as San Tan Mountain Regional Park or the nearby Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, to spot a wide variety of birds, including hawks, roadrunners, and many desert species. It's an ideal place to connect with nature and appreciate the unique birdlife of the region.
5. Stargazing: Desert Nights Under a Starry Sky
With its clear, unpolluted skies, San Tan Valley is a fantastic destination for stargazing. As evening descends, the desert comes alive with a glittering display of stars and celestial wonders. Pack a blanket, set up your telescope, and lose yourself in the breathtaking night sky. Be sure to check local astronomy clubs for any stargazing events and guided tours.
6. Local Parks and Recreation: Enjoying the Outdoors
San Tan Valley boasts a variety of local parks and recreation areas, where you can enjoy picnicking, sports, and family gatherings. These parks are beautifully maintained and offer a sense of community, making them ideal for spending quality time with loved ones while surrounded by the natural beauty of the area.
San Tan Valley, Arizona, is a destination where the desert's natural beauty meets the allure of the San Tan Mountains. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, an avid hiker, a birdwatcher, or simply someone seeking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life, San Tan Valley offers a refreshing and rejuvenating escape. This unspoiled gem in the Arizona desert is a testament to the beauty of the American Southwest, and a place where you can experience the majesty of nature in its purest form.
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The Rich History and Promising Future of San Tan Valley, AZ
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Nestled in the southeastern region of the Phoenix metropolitan area, San Tan Valley, Arizona, is a place where the past, present, and future seamlessly converge. From its humble origins as a rural community to its rapid growth and promising future, this desert gem is a testament to the resilience of a community that has embraced change while honouring its rich history. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating history and exciting pr...
Nestled in the southeastern region of the Phoenix metropolitan area, San Tan Valley, Arizona, is a place where the past, present, and future seamlessly converge. From its humble origins as a rural community to its rapid growth and promising future, this desert gem is a testament to the resilience of a community that has embraced change while honouring its rich history. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating history and exciting prospects that define San Tan Valley, AZ.
A Glimpse into the Past:
San Tan Valley's history is rooted in agriculture, where fertile soil and a community of hardworking farmers created a thriving rural landscape. The name "San Tan" itself is a nod to the San Tan Mountain Range, which has been an iconic landmark for generations. The early settlers found the area's mild climate and natural beauty appealing, laying the foundations for a close-knit, agrarian community.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, San Tan Valley was characterized by its cotton fields, citrus groves, and dairy farms. These agricultural enterprises helped shape the identity of the community and fostered a strong sense of self-sufficiency and camaraderie among its residents. Many descendants of these early settlers still call San Tan Valley home, keeping the agricultural heritage alive.
Rapid Growth and Urbanization:
In the early 2000s, San Tan Valley experienced a significant transformation, as it transitioned from a rural community into a burgeoning suburban area. This transition was driven by the influx of new residents seeking a quieter, more relaxed lifestyle while maintaining easy access to the amenities and job opportunities in the nearby cities. The development of housing communities, schools, and shopping centers marked the area's rapid urbanization.
Today, San Tan Valley stands as a vibrant community with a promising future. Its blend of rural charm and urban convenience has attracted a diverse population, including young families, retirees, and professionals. As the community continues to grow, local leaders are dedicated to preserving the area's unique character while fostering economic development and improving infrastructure.
San Tan Valley is home to several well-regarded educational institutions, including a number of public and charter schools. These institutions offer quality education and a strong sense of community, ensuring that the area's young residents receive the best possible start in life.
San Tan Valley's future is also defined by its strong sense of community. Residents take an active role in local affairs and community events. The area is home to numerous community organizations, events, and volunteer opportunities that keep the spirit of togetherness alive.
As new businesses open and existing ones expand, San Tan Valley's economy continues to diversify. The area is increasingly recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit, with many local businesses thriving and contributing to the community's growth.
Conclusion: Embracing the Past, Building the Future
San Tan Valley, AZ, is a place that honors its rich history while embracing the opportunities that the future presents. From its agrarian roots to its emergence as a growing suburban community, San Tan Valley's residents share a commitment to preserving the area's unique character and ensuring a promising future for generations to come. As it continues to grow and evolve, San Tan Valley remains a dynamic and welcoming community that celebrates its history and looks forward to a bright and prosperous future.
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Pinal County Sheriff Lamb Defends Spending of Inmate Welfare Fund on Weapons
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb defended his decision to divert $222,463 from an inmate welfare fund to purchase weapons, ammunition, and ballistic vests during a recent Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting. Lamb, also a U.S. Senate candidate, has faced scrutiny for this decision, which some argue contravenes Arizona law.The controversy began with an Arizona Luminaria...
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb defended his decision to divert $222,463 from an inmate welfare fund to purchase weapons, ammunition, and ballistic vests during a recent Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting. Lamb, also a U.S. Senate candidate, has faced scrutiny for this decision, which some argue contravenes Arizona law.
The controversy began with an Arizona Luminaria investigation, which reported that Lamb's office spent more than $200,000 from the inmate welfare fund on weaponry over a five-year period. Arizona law mandates this fund to be used for the "benefit and welfare of inmates," which typically includes education, food, or training services.
Lamb has justified his use of the funds by arguing that the weapons are crucial for ensuring the safety of both the incarcerated individuals and the jail staff. His stance has faced significant pushback. Jared Keenan, legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said, "bullets cannot be in any way seen to benefit anyone incarcerated there."
Amid calls for transparency and questions about the legality of such expenditures, Lamb emphasized that the law is "general in nature" and designed to provide flexibility for varying jail circumstances across Arizona. He added that guns, bullets, and vests play a role in "maintaining [inmates'] welfare."
There have been mixed reactions from the public regarding this issue. Some residents believe Sheriff Lamb made the right decision, citing the need for security and order within the jail. Others demand an external audit to ensure there is no misuse of funds.
Board chair Jeff Serdy brought up the topic of inmate deaths as a measure of welfare, with Lamb revealing nine deaths in the jail since 2018.
Another area of concern was a $39,000 expenditure labeled as "heavy equipment," which Lamb clarified was used for a forklift to unload commissary items.
The discussion on the appropriateness of Lamb's decision still lingers, with some members of the Board of Supervisors expressing satisfaction with Lamb's explanations and others highlighting the importance of public accountability.
While no concrete decisions were made during the meeting, this topic will likely remain at the forefront of local discussions, especially given Lamb's aspirations for the Senate. The ultimate judgment on Lamb's actions, as some suggest, might be in the hands of Pinal County's voters.
BOS Regular Session - Oct 18, 2023
STARTS AT 38:08(6) Discussion regarding the administration of special services fund by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in accordance with A.R.S. 31-121 and the uses and programs supported by these funds. (Mark Lamb)
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