Substance Misuse & Mental Health Alliance

The Substance Misuse and Mental Health Alliance is comprised of six task forces dedicated to addressing the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs, as well as misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications, 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.

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.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 14th from 2-3pm at the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 3110.


Medical Practices Task Force

Co-Lead: Steve Nash, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation

Co-Lead: Alyssa Padilla, University of Arizona College of Public Health

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 20th from 2:30-3:30pmat the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 1104.


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.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 28th from 10-11am at the Abrams Public Health Center: Room 1108/1106


Law Enforcement Task Force

Co-Lead: Luitenant 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.


The Opioid Round Table Discussion will replace the February task force meetings. Task forces meetings will reconvene in March, 2018.

The Opioid Round Table Discussion will take place February 22nd from 10am to 12pm at Cenpatico located at 333 E. Wetmore Rd. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Tania Long at: TALONG@cenpatico.com