South Mountain WORKS Coalition, South Mountain High School Student Government Host Town Hall Regarding Gun Violence and School Safety

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(PHOENIX – May 22, 2018) – South Mountain WORKS Coalition and South Mountain High School’s Student Government hosted their 9th annual Youth Town Hall that provided an open forum for students and community members to discuss their concerns about gun violence and school safety.

“We are proud of what these students and community members are doing to make a difference,” said Shomari B. Jackson, MPA, project coordinator, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services.  “Violence, substance use, trauma and success are all interconnected, and we are thankful to have this open dialogue.”

The South Mountain WORKS Coalition is committed to bringing the community and its resources together, driving positive changes in the South Mountain community that set standards for safe, caring, drug-free families and communities.

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services:

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H is a leader in development and delivery of services in the areas of housing, residential care, prevention services, outpatient services to children, incarcerated persons and dually diagnosed adults (SMI/SA). An innovative leader in behavioral health, services are client directed-outcome informed, evidence-based and include treatment of co-occurring disorders, the FAST model in prevention services, the Arizona Treatment Initiative for children and families, and the Recovery Model for persons with serious mental illness. For more information on SB&H, please visit


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