Governor’s Office Awards $183,000 to Southwest Behavioral & Health Services for Substance Abuse Primary Prevention Efforts
(PHOENIX – Jan. 11, 2021) Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) received a $183,000 Trauma Informed Primary Prevention (TIPP) program grant from The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF). The grant will support the organization’s substance abuse prevention and early intervention services for youth, adults and families living in South Mountain (85040, 85041 and 85042) and Glendale (85301) as well as 5th grade youth at four schools in the Roosevelt and Glendale School Districts and high school students in the Phoenix Union High School District.
“We want to inform individuals about the risks of substances and build their trauma-informed skills to increase resistance to drugs and alcohol,” said SB&H vice president of Community Services Ed McClelland. “We also want to build trauma-informed communities and increase public awareness about the stigma of substance use disorder and mental health by providing much needed resources.”
The TIPP grant will enable SB&H to implement the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) six Primary Prevention Strategies for substance use prevention utilizing a trauma-informed approach. These strategies include information dissemination, education, alternative activities, problem identification and referrals, community-based processes that provide ongoing networking activities and technical assistance to community groups or agencies and Environmental action that establishes or changes written and unwritten community standards, codes, and attitudes about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Added McClelland, “We were awarded the TIPP grant due to our extensive experience working in the field of prevention and trauma informed care. This grant will further support the work of the SM WORKS coalition and the Community Health and Resiliency Project that is currently underway in South Mountain through the coalition’s Vitalyst Health Foundation grant.”
About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Phoenix-based Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides compassionate primary care, substance abuse and mental health services that enhance lives and improve communities. Services include outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services including medication monitoring; assistance for persons with addictions; intensive inpatient care for persons in crisis; residential housing, in-home and supported housing services; prevention services, community outreach and school-based counseling; lifespan services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and four opioid replacement clinics. Southwest Behavioral & Health Services has locations throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area as well as locations in rural Maricopa, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. For more information about SB&H programs, services and ways to help visit https://www.sbhservices.org/.