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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. 

Presentation by Kristi Eustice, Senior Research Analyst, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University on the Arizona Town Hall topic ""Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness"


  • Click here to read the recommendations from the "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" 114th Statewide Town Hall. 
  • Click here for the Final Report, which includes the Statewide Town Hall recommendations report and list of participants, and the final Community and Future Leaders Town Halls reports. (Coming soon)

Phoenix Background Report Launch

Yuma Background Report Launch

Flagstaff Background Report Launch

"Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" Programs

Location Program
Program Date & Registration Link
Final Report
Online Yuma County Home Consortium Virtual Town Hall Friday, February 25, 2022 N/A
Phoenix "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" Background Report Launch Thursday, April 14, 2022 N/A
Yuma/Online Background Report Launch: Yuma Friday, April 15, 2022 N/A
Flagstaff Background Report Launch: Flagstaff Thursday, April 28, 2022 N/A
Yuma/Online SWATH - Mental Health in Yuma County Virtual Town Hall Friday, May 20, 2022 N/A
Yuma/Online SWATH Community Town Hall Friday, June 10, 2022 N/A
Flagstaff 23rd Annual Summer Institute for Behavioral Health Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Click here.
Phoenix New Freedom Community Town Hall Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Click here.
Show Low Rural Arizona-Show Low Community Town Hall Monday, August 29, 2022 Click here.
Prescott Prescott Community Town Hall
Monday, September 12, 2022 Click here.
Clarkdale Verde Valley Future Leaders Training and Town Hall Thursday, September 15, 2022 Click here.
Scottsdale Cave Creek-Carefree Community Town Hall Friday, September 16, 2022 Click here.
Sierra Vista Cochise County Community Town Hall Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Click here.
FlorenceFlorence Community Town HallWednesday, September 28, 2022Click here.
Yuma South West Arizona Town Hall on "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" Friday, September 30, 2022 Click here.
Online Homelessness to Housing Committee Community Town Hall Tuesday, October 4, 2022 Click here.
Casa Grande Casa Grande Community Town HallTuesday, October 4, 2022 Click here.
Phoenix UA Health Sciences Community Town Hall Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Click here.
Kingman Mohave County Community Town Hall  Thursday, October 6, 2022 Click here.
Flagstaff Flagstaff Community Town Hall  Monday, October 10, 2022  Click here.
PhoenixHuman Services Campus Client Community Town Hall Tuesday, October 11, 2022 Click here.
Thatcher Southeast Arizona Community Town Hall  Friday, October 14, 2022 Click here.
Phoenix Native American Connections Community Town Hall  Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Click here.
PaysonPayson Community Town Hall Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Click here.
Online Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Community Town HallMonday, October 24, 2022Click here.
Clarkdale Verde Valley Community Town Hall Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Click here.
TucsonPima County Community Town HallThursday, October 27, 2022Click here.
Phoenix ASU Future Leaders Town Hall Thursday, October 27, 2022 Click here.
Bullhead City Bullhead City Community Town Hall  Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Click here.

“Exploring Solutions: Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness” 
Presented by Arizona Town Hall and Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Click here.
Tempe 114th Statewide Town Hall on "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Homelessness" November 14-16, 2022 Click here.

For information regarding past Town Halls, visit our Past Town Hall Topics page.

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