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Addiction

At Al‑Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al‑Anon program to their individual situations.

Alateen meetings are where teens can find support and understanding from people their own age who are going through similar difficulties.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership.

This link opens to a search page which allows one to search for AA-meetings by city, day, time and other optoins throughout the state of Arizona.

Alcoholics Anonymous offers free, confidental 12-step support for recovering alcoholics.

Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling offers treatment resources.  Helpline can be reached at 1-800-777-7207.

Co-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, parents, relatives or close friends of someone who is addicted to cocaine.

Good resource on discovering some of the effects of various substances such as methamphetamines, marijuana, alcohol and ecstasy. Several free downloads for parents to deal with teen drug usage.

Aging

American Geriatric Society is a not-for-profit organization of health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life for older people. AGS provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Society on Aging (ASA) is a professional organization with the goal of enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. ASA offers professional education, publications, conferences, and webinars that reflect the diversity of its members and the public it serves.

National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC that brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults, improves their health and independence and their continuing contributions to the communities in which they live.

Communication

This website provides specific steps on how to communicate to children covering a number of topics including bothersome behaviors such as whining, biting and name calling. Geared toward the younger child.
 

Crisis and Emergency

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists, 1-800-222-1222.

Crisis Response Network of Southern Arizona offers a 24-hour crisis line staffed with professional crisis interventionists and can provides help in multiple languages. In addition, the crisis network offers warm line, mobile teams, crisis transport services, and petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment, (800) 796-6762; TTY (520) 284-3500.

Understanding the risk factors, warning signs and resources for someone considering suicide can be invaluable.  Use this guide to prepare you.

Disease-Specific Organizations

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

  • Tucson - Southern Arizona Regional Office: (520) 322-6601
  • Phoenix - Central Arizona Regional Office: (602) 528-0545
  • Prescott -Northern Arizona Regional Office: (928) 771-9257

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’sNo. 5 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Would you like to have the opportunity to learn from the many successful blind people across the country?  Are you interested in joining with others to increase opportunities for blind people?  Consider joining the National Federation of the Blind!

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

Divorce

Divorce Recovery is an ongoing support group which offers support and education for those experiencing separation or divorce, (520) 323-3952.

This site has some good tips about talking to your child about divorce, coping with children's feelings and behaviors, and creating healthy boundaries for yourself and your kids during the divorce process. It also has other articles on grief and loss, ADHD, depression and eating disorders.

Domestic Abuse and Relationship Violence

A New Leaf helps bring hope and new beginnings to victims of domestic violence and their children. Through shelters, advocacy and the shelter over-flow program, we work tirelessly to help victims break the cycle of abuse. To find placement at either shelter, please call 480-890-3039 or 1-844-SAFEDVS.

Emerge! provides domestic abuse prevention services in Southern Arizona.  Programs include: emergency shelter, housing program, outreach and advocacy centers, prevention, education and vounteer programs.  Can be reached by phone at (520) 795-4266 or 1-888-428-0101.

The Oasis Program was established to provide a variety of services to UA students, staff, and faculty of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

In the "Related Articles" section on the right sidebar, there are links to DV resources for every county in Arizona, and more.

Eating Disorders

Welcome to Edap.org. Are you struggling with bulimia, binge eating or emotional eating? These eating disorders lead many people to weight gain and obesity. Here you will learn how to fight an Eating Disorder  with the help of an Approved weight loss Program (EDAP).

This is trade book publisher specializing in eating disorders.

Overeater's Anonymous offers self-help for overeating, national organization with local meetings.

Emergency Housing

Salvation Army (520-294-5224) provides resources for emergency housing.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Basic Needs Tucson Programs (520-628-7837) provides shelter and food assistance.

Fatigue Management

Financial

It can be tough to get the help your family needs. Arizona Self Help is a free and easy way to find out if your family can get help from 40 different health and human services programs.

Don't Borrow Trouble! (520-792-3087) is an unbiased, Freddie Mac and community-sponsored, non-profit agency that knows the programs, products and people throughout Tucson. These resources can help you understand your financial decisions when it comes to homeownership and payday lending practices. Classes and workshops on homebuys and foreclosure prevention are regularly offered.

Money Management International offers debt repayment assistance. Repayment plans to creditors including military allotments. Free educational classes to public about money management, budgeting, wise use of credit, budget counseling, consumer advice, and guidance. In Tucson, 5515 E. Grant Rd. Ste. 211 and 4732 N. Oracle Ste. 217. 1-866-889-9347 (all locations).

The Tucson Urban League Case Management Emergency Assistance Services Program (520-791-9522) provides financial assistance to low income families and individuals in crisis situations within Pima County. 
“Students and employees can come to the pantry on distribution days and get the food they need for free, when presenting a CatCard.  Distribution days were not listed for current semester.”
 

Tucson Indian Center (520-884-7131) provides emergency, one-time financial assistance for past due rent, move-in costs, or mortgage payments to prevent homelessness, and utility payment assistance to avoid shut off

Grief and Loss

Caring Connections is a program of National Hospice and Palliative Care Association that offers supportive educational resources, literature to assist individuals who are making decisions about end of life care.

Listings of open grief support groups as well as specific groups for loss of spouse, loss of an infant and adjustment due to a medical loss or injury.

Local chapter of a national self-help organization for families experiencing the death of a child (520-721-8042).

An email based support group for all kinds of grief, loss of spouse, child, partner, parent, etc. Groups are separated by type of loss, specific groups just for kids as well. Cost is $10 a month to join a group. All discussions are monitored.

Grief Recovery Institute provides programs for The Compassionate Friends, The National SIDS Foundation, The National AIDS Network and more. The University of California at Irvine, Chapman University, and many others. This web site offers a listing of certified grief specialists, schedules of educational seminars in your area, videos publications, and other useful resources.

Provides information to understand what grief is, causes and symptoms associated with grieving, and stages in the grieving process.

Provides crisis resources and long term support for family and friends of murder victims, including help with financial concerns and advocacy in the judicial system.

A companion site to Grief Net for children. Provides an email based group to join. Groups are separated by age, 12 and under and 13 to 18. Site provides kids a place to submit artwork and writings, as well as a posting board to have your questions answered.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. It develops public and professional educational programs and materials, convenes meetings and symposia on emerging issues; provides technical resources to its membership; conducts research and monitors Congressional and regulatory activities.

Pathways offers compassionate guidance at the end of life issues through education, support, and research. Pathways founder, Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN is a Tucson native who has spent her career focusing on improving end of life care.

Provides support groups for those facing the suicide death of a loved one. Groups meet on Thursday nights in Tucson and Oro Valley. A Monday night online chat group is also offered.

A place for children, teens, adults and families to share their experiences with grief. List of books, DVDs and training opportunities.

Offers groups for children ranging from age 3-18, coping with the loss of a loved one, dealing with a serious illness, or having a parent diagnosed with cancer. They also offer a satellite grief group for young adults, ages 18-29 that meets at the U of A Campus Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

TMC support groups and links to other grief groups in Tucson.

Provides hundreds of articles on health and grief, grief and depression, and coping skills to manage grief symptoms.

LGBTQ

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance program of Wingspan that provides local and statewide information, referral and resources for the transgender and transsexual community.

Wingspan is a local LGBT community center that provides support and resources for LGBT community, including the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project Crisis Line: (520) 624-0348, toll free: 1-800-553-9387.

Mental/Behavioral Health

American Psychological Association's Help Center is your online resource for brochures, tips and articles on the psychological issues that affect your physical and emotional well-being, as well as information about referrals.

Cenpatico provides crisis services to all community members in our service area. If you or someone that you know is in Crisis please call our 24 hour crisis line at (866) 495-6735. 
 

Megellan of Arizona provides services for emergencies or individuals without insurance coverage.

Understanding the risk factors, warning signs and resources for someone considering suicide can be invaluable.  Use this guide to prepare you.

For urgent services or individuals without insurance coverage. By clicking on your location or the appropriate link, you will land on a web page for your area that will list your Community Mental Health services.

Mortgage Foreclosure or Eviction

Chicanos por La Causa (520-882-0018) provides counseling and emergency rent and mortgage assistance to qualified residents to prevent homelessness due to eviction or foreclosure.

Don't Borrow Trouble! (520-792-3087) is an unbiased, Freddie Mac and community-sponsored, non-profit agency that knows the programs, products and people throughout Tucson. These resources can help you understand your financial decisions when it comes to homeownership and payday lending practices. Classes and workshops on homebuys and foreclosure prevention are regularly offered.

FHR Counselors are well-trained, trusted professionals who provide advice, guidance and coaching to individuals and households in order to assist them in reaching their housing goal whether they are to purchase a home, rent a housing unit or avoid foreclosure.  Counselors empower clients to make more informed decisions, not only on their home purchase but also future financial decisions involving homeownership. 

Hope Now (800-995-4673) is an alliance between HUD-approved counseling agents, services, investors and other mortgage market participants that provides free foreclosure prevention assistance.

Old Pueblo Housing Development offers many positive solutions to struggling homebuyers and homeowners.  The mission of Old Pueblo Housing Development (OPHD) is to help first-time homebuyers and current homeowners, ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Primavera Foundation (520-622-8900) provides services for people facing eviction or foreclosure, including case management, rent, mortgage, and move-in assistance.

Southern Arizona Legal Aid (520-623-9465; 800-348-6789) provides legal assistance and representation for people with low incomes in certain civil matters, including foreclosure and landlord/tenant disputes.

The Arizona Department of Housing (1-877-448-1211) provides free counseling to individuals and families who are behind on their mortgage payments or are facing foreclosure.

Tucson Indian Center (520-884-7131) provides emergency, one-time financial assistance for past due rent, move-in costs, or mortgage payments to prevent homelessness, and utility payment assistance to avoid shut off.

Tucson Urban League (520-791-9522) provides mortgage delinquency and default counseling.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides many resources includign a list of all  Arizona state government housing resources.

Preparedness

Description Needed

Ready is the federal government's general preparedness web site. Multilingual and very broad. Ready is "designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters."
 

Referral Services

Access to current and local information on support groups happening in Arizona. Search by type of group and location.

Resiliency

This research group at the University of North Carolina (UNC) is headed by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson.  "We are interested in how positive emotions affect people’s thinking patterns, social behavior, and physiological reactions. Our ultimate goal is to understand how positive emotions might accumulate and compound to transform people’s lives for the better."

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's book, Positivity, and free online tools can help you improve your "positivity ratio", your health and your resiliency.
Founded by Dr. Al Siebert this site aims to develop "human resiliency around the world to master change, thrive under pressure and bounce back form setbacks."

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES IN TUCSON & SOUTHERN ARIZONA

offers a 24-hour crisis line staffed with professional crisis interventionists and can provides help in multiple languages. In addition, the crisis network offers warm line, mobile teams, crisis transport services, and petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment, (800) 796-6762; TTY (520) 284-3500.

Retirement

Sexual Assault

The Oasis Program was established to provide a variety of services to UA students, staff, and faculty of all genders who are impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA) is a community resource that provides education and support for individuals and families impacted by sexual trauma.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

This link opens to a listing of all of the local offices and meeting listings in Arizona (14 locations).

Wildfire's People's Information Guide has information on a variety of no-cost/low-cost programs and services available to lower-income individuals or families.

UA Campus Connections

UA Life & Work Connections Employee Wellness is an active member of the Healthiest Campus Coalition. The University of Arizona Healthiest Campus Coalition connects the University of Arizona community with health and wellness opportunities that support all aspects of well-being. The Healthiest Campus Coalition actively recruits UA organizations, departments, and wellness-related programs to become partners in order to extend support to all UA campus constituents: students, faculty, employees, retirees and alumni.
 

UA Health Insurance

Aetna: 1-866-217-195; Policy # 476687 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Ameriben/Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ: 1-866-955-155; Policy # 1009013 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

CIGNA: 1-800-968-7366; Policy # 3331993 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

MedImpact (Pharmacy): 1-866-648-6769

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Have more questions about the Medimpact Pharmacy program, find out more on the ADOA Benefits site.

United Healthcare: 1-800-896-1067; Policy # 705963 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Walgreens Health Initiatives (Pharmacy - mail order/speciality only): 1-866-722-2141; Policy # 0002 Active

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Veterans

National service organization dedicated to aiding veterans.

Resources for Female veterans. Offers support through retreats and conferences. Site provides a blog to share experiences.

Lists calendar of events happening in Arizona. Includes information on the following programs: Homeless Veterans Affairs, Troops to Teachers, Military Family Relief Fund, and Military Women’s Conference. Veteran benefit counselors provide information on benefit services to veterans and their families free of charge. In Tucson call 520-207-4960.

Provides faith-based resources and support for the returning veteran, active military, or family of the deployed.Group meets every 1st and 3rd Friday at Calvary Chapel 8711 E. Speedway in Tucson at 7 p.m. For more information email: calvarymilitaryfellowship@gmail.com.

Provides education and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Also provides links to national retreat opportunities.

Offers resources for veterans struggling with traumatic brain injury.

The primary objective of the Veterans Program is to develop and support programs that increase opportunities for veterans to obtain employment and job training in Arizona. Eligible veterans are entitled to receive priority services in job referrals and training by DES staff, as well as other employment-related services.

Therapies for PTSD, depression and sleep disorders: In conjunction with the VA of Southern Arizona, have co-sponsored a study to offer a non-medication-based therapy to reduce insomnia for those exposed to traumatic events.

A part of Disability Resource Center, this porgram helps create an inclusive campus environment for all disabled veterans and helps to arrange workplace accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Resources include healing touch for student veterans suffering from PTSD or anxiety symptoms.

Help family members and veterans organize their transition to civilian life. Also includes help with their resume and keeping in contact with friends and love-ones via chat groups.

Retreat center in Payson, AZ provides help for veterans dealing with PTSD

Information about all aspects of military life, from parenting to budgeting. Consults are available via phone, on line or face to face counseling with a local counseling provider.

Information about mental health issues for veterans, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Provides case management and counseling, substance abuse treatment, and transitional housing for veterans. OPCS also has a housing development department to assist veterans and their families in home ownership. Project Action may help veterans who are behind in rent payments.

Offers resources for the families of deployed veterans. Provides links to local chapter events and services.

Provides job search assistance, job training and help with resume writing. Website lists classes offered and has a calendar for upcoming job fairs. Contact 520-243-6700 for more information.

Provides employment assistance to homeless veterans; including job leads, bus passes and work clothing.Contact 520-882-9668.

Local Veterans Administration provides a wide range of benefit options, including medical, dental, pharmacological and mental health services.William Patterson is the OEF/OIF Transition Patient Advocate and can be reached at 520-792-1450 ext. 6261, or 520-269-1684.

Local center for readjustment to civilian life offers services that include bereavement counseling and PTSD screenings.Tucson office located at:
3055 N. First Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-882-0333 or 877-927-8387

The United States Department of Labor listings of national employment opportunities. Includes dates for national and local job fairs and trainings. Also provides information on the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for those Veterans newly returning from service.

A support center for veteran students on campus. Resources include: on-campus study center, social groups and activities, academic courses, disability resources and advocacy, and Supportive Education for the Returning Veterans (SERV) classes for incoming veteran students. Call 520-626-8380 for more information.

The University of Arizona's Office of the Registrar demonstrates how to access the Montgomery GI Bill educational benefits.

The National Military and Veteran Job Network website lists current job openings around the country for veterans.
 

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, referred as the Chapter 31 program, assists with skills assessment, job training, counseling and other service to help veterans with service-related disabilities find job opportunities.In Tucson, contact 520-670-6168.