MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE, AND HOMELESSNESS
Mental illness, substance use and homelessness impact people from all walks of life. The effects of these issues extend far beyond the individual — negatively affecting loved ones and threatening public health and safety. In Arizona in 2020, there were at least 11,000 people experiencing homelessness. Of those individuals, roughly 1,700 had a serious mental illness, and about 1,900 chronically used substances like drugs and alcohol.
Perhaps you have personally experienced mental illness, substance use or homelessness. Maybe you have a friend, family member or acquaintance who has struggled with one or more of these issues. Or possibly you are someone who wants to find effective and cost-efficient methods for addressing housing, treatment and rehabilitation so that we can reallocate public funds to other needs. In one way or another, mental illness, substance use and homelessness touch the lives of most Arizonans.
Arizona Town Hall will make a difference by engaging the community in local and statewide gatherings. The meetings aim to educate the public about the challenges associated with mental health, substance use, and homelessness and to catalyze solutions that work for our diverse Arizona communities.
We will be facilitating in-person, virtual, and hybrid Community Town Halls to identify priorities and unlock the potential for cross-sector collaboration that helps Arizona communities to catalyze solutions that meet Arizonans where they're at and create long-lasting solutions. Each Community Town Hall’s recommendations will feed into and build toward the Statewide Town Hall convening and final recommendations report.
News and Media Coverage
Phoenix Background Report Launch
Yuma Background Report Launch
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|Online||Yuma County Home Consortium Virtual Town Hall||Friday, February 25, 2022||N/A||N/A
|Phoenix||"Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" Background Report Launch||Thursday, April 14, 2022||Click Here||N/A|
|Online||Background Report Launch: Yuma||Friday, April 15, 2022||N/A||N/A|
|Flagstaff||Background Report Launch: Flagstaff||Thursday, April 28, 2022||Click Here
|Phoenix||New Freedom Community Town Hall||Tuesday, August 23, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Show Low||Rural Arizona Community Town Hall||Monday, August 29, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Carefree||Carefree Future Leaders Town Hall||Friday, September 9, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Prescott||Prescott Community Town Hall
||Monday, September 12, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Verde Valley||Verde Valley Future Leaders Town Hall||Thursday, September 15, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Scottsdale||Cave Creek-Carefree Community Town Hall||Friday, September 16, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Sierra Vista||Sierra Vista Community Town Hall||Tuesday, September 20, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Yuma||SWATH Community Town Hall||Friday, September 30, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
|Verde Valley||Verde Valley Community Town Hall||Wednesday, October 26, 2022||Coming soon...||Coming soon...|
For information regarding past Town Halls, visit our Past Town Hall Topics page.