Substance Misuse & Mental Health Alliance

The Substance Misuse and Mental Health Alliance is comprised of six task forces dedicated to promoting mental health and addressing the misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as the use of  illicit drugs that affect the health and wellbeing of Pima County youth, families, and the larger community.

The Substance Misuse & Mental Health Alliance's goals for 2018 are to:

  • Reduce access to and dependence on prescription pain medications and illicit substances in Pima County.
  • Increase public awareness and education on the effects of substance misuse and to promote good mental health for all residents in Pima County.
  • Increase access to behavioral health and substance misuse services for residents of Pima County.
  • Encourage individual resiliency and coping skills among members of Pima County with anxiety and depression.

Community Awareness Task Force

Co-Lead: Karla Avalos, City of Tucson Mayor’s Office

Co-Lead: Linda Leatherman, Pima County Community Services, Employment, and Training

Focus: To increase public awareness on the effects of substance misuse, highlight available mental and behavioral health services, and reduce stigmatization for all residents in Pima County.

Meeting Schedule: The Community Awareness Task Force meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2-3pm in Room 1104 at the Abrams Public Health Center, located at 3950 S Country Club Rd. Tucson, AZ.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 16th from 2-3pm at the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 1104


Medical Practices Task Force

Co-Lead: Steve Nash, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation

Co-Lead: Alyssa Padilla, Arizona Center for Rural Health

Focus: To reduce access to and dependence on prescription pain medications in Pima County through systems and policy change.

Meeting Schedule: The Medical Practices Task Force meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:30-3:30pm in room 3110 at the Abrams Public Health Center, located at 3950 S Country Club Rd. Tucson, AZ.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 22nd from 2:30-3:30pmat the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 3110.


Referral and Treatment Task Force

Co-Lead: Tania Long, Cenpatico Integrated Care

Co-Lead: Steve Lee, CODAC

Focus: To increase access to substance misuse and behavioral health services for residents of Pima County through improved access, referral, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Meeting Schedule:The Referral and Treatment Task Force meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 10-11am in room 1106 at the Abrams Public Health Center, located at  3950 S Country Club Rd. Tucson, AZ.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 23rd from 10-11am at the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 1106


Law Enforcement Task Force

Co-Lead: Lieutenant Chris Wildblood, Tucson Police Department / Counter Narcotics Alliance

Co-Lead: Captain John Leavitt, Tucson Police Department

Focus: To reduce access to and dependence on prescription pain medications and illicit substances in Pima County through targeted enforcement and investigations.


Public Information Task Force

Lead: Aaron Pacheco, Pima County Health Department

Focus: To identify substance misuse and mental health trends in Pima County using accurate data and to craft consistent messaging for the general public and those seeking help.


STEERING COMMITTEE 

Focus: To serve in an advising capacity to identify opportunities to improve provider capacity, accessibility, and treatment outcomes for substance misuse and behavioral health services in Pima County.