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, July 18th 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 3rd Friday of every month from 3:00-4:00pm  at the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, located at 3182 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85712

Next Meeting: Friday, July 20th from 3:00-4:00pm at the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation: Board Room.

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MEETING DATE, TIME AND LOCATION.


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 mental 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, July 25th 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.

 

Action Group Info

Roster

July Meeting Schedule

July Agenda:

January Meeting Minutes:

February Meeting Minutes:

March Meeting Minutes:

April Meeting Minutes:

May Meeting Minutes:

June Meeting Minutes:

 

action group projects

2018-2021 Strategic Action Plan

2018-2021 Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

 

resources for professionals

RX360 Toolkit

RX360 Toolkit Presentation

Online Resource List for Providers

Buprenorphine Training for Physicians

Request Free Naloxone Training & Supplies

Free Opioid Prescribing Online CME Training

Overview of Opioid Epidemic Act (PowerPoint/2017)

 

Resources for the Community

Where to Find Help

Arizona OAR 24/7 Hotline

AHCCCS Opioid Resources for 24/7 Care

Opioid Treatment Hotlines and Locations Flyer

CODAC MAT Treatment Flyer: No Referral Required

 

Information and updates

Podcast on 1030 KVOA

2017 Take-Back Rx Stats

AZ Drug RX Misuse Initiative

2018 Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Pima County Overdose Data: Jun 15 - Dec 31, 2017

 

resources for Mental Health Professionals

Stress and Health Disparities 

Women's Mental Health: What It Means to You

Depression Medicare Population (Pima County)

Step-by-Step Videos for CSPMP Registration