Please note that the Alliance will not be meeting in December. Task Forces will reconvene again on January 23, 2019.
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.
Co-Leads: 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.
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.
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.
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 craft consistent messaging for the general public and those seeking help by using accurate data to identify substance misuse and mental health trends in Pima County.
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.
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