Expanding Through the New Year
For over 15 years MATFORCE has been successful in implementing primary prevention throughout Yavapai County with the help of hundreds of amazing volunteers and a minimal administrative staff located in Prescott Valley. Through recent grants and opportunities MATFORCE is expanding.
Several recently awarded grants have allowed MATFORCE to expand services beyond Yavapai County to help implement primary prevention throughout Arizona.
In 2019, the Yavapai Reentry Project (YRP), a project of MATFORCE, was awarded a grant from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, State Opioid Response funding. Through this grant, YRP created a Community Reentry Project toolkit and recruited four counties throughout Arizona to replicate the success of the Reentry Project. With the latest grant renewal, YRP will add an additional 2 counties this year.
In October of last year, MATFORCE was awarded another grant from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, State Opioid Response funding. The funding is to support the Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona. Through this grant, 23 prevention coalitions across the state will implement a statewide fentanyl and psychostimulant education campaign. The funding also allows for the creation of 5 substance abuse prevention coalitions in places identified as prevention deserts.
Also awarded in October of last year, Trauma Lens Care (TLC), another project of MATFORCE and the Yavapai County Community Health Services, received funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, Trauma Informed Primary Prevention (TIPP) Program. TLC will create a toolkit and train additional locations on the implementation of the program.
And finally, MATFORCE recently had the opportunity to partner with the Town of Camp Verde to expand to a second location for its administrative offices. MATFORCE will be leasing the long defunct Camp Verde Teen Center. This new office will house staff that predominantly work on the Verde side.
Moving forward with new staff, new locations, and new responsibilities brings the promise of an exciting new year for MATFORCE, it's volunteers, and staff. Thank you for all you do to help build healthier communities in Yavapai County and beyond!