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, October 17, 2018 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, October 18, from 3-4pm at TOMF in the Board Room.


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, October 24, 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 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.


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.

Meeting Schedule: Quarterly.

Next Meeting: TBD

 

Action Group Info

Roster

September Meeting Schedule

October Agendas:

2018 Meeting Minutes:

January:

February:

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August:

September:

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

Arizona Statewide Opioid Resources (1 page)

 

Resources for the Community

Where to Find Help

Overcoming Addiction

Arizona OAR 24/7 Hotline

COPE: Youth Opioid Treatment Services

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

#ProtectUrSquad Contest ($500)

2018 Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Az Board of Pharmacy Monthly Prescription Drug Overdose Signups (July 2018)

 

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