Remembering Where We Were to See the Progress We Have Made
2020 was a rough year for everyone, but especially for our county. Yavapai County had 5 teens die of a fentanyl overdose that year. But, there is good news for 2021! Our community was activated by the devastating loss of such young lives. Together we worked to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl. And though still a devastating loss, there has only been one teen fentanyl overdose this year. Let's continue the good work as we move into the new year!
Moving Forward, Helping People

MATFORCE is excited to be in our second year of working with the following six counties: Mohave, Apache, Navajo, Pima, Pinal and Graham, in the implementation of community reentry projects. A special thank you to Health Choice and AHCCCS for the opportunity to use State Opioid Response funds to support these programs that are working to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in successful reentry. For more information please go to

December Newsletter- We are thankful for our amazing participants and volunteer coaches!
New Year New Focus

Coalitions statewide reached over 2.1 million people this past grant year with messaging from The Rise of Fentanyl toolkit. But, it doesn't stop there. Coalitions are maintaining their engagement with volunteers and key stakeholders to utilize the resources in the toolkit to continue educating and raising awareness on the dangers of fentanyl.

This year will bring additional focus to the methamphetamine overdose crisis. New meth resources are available to coalitions throughout the state to help educate and raise awareness on this invisible crisis. 

Visit our newest websites for more information:
Website Offers Resources for Professionals, Parents, and First Responders

We are excited to welcome new Program Manager Mikki McCartney to the MATFORCE team. Mikki will be working to strengthen and expand the current programming of Trauma Lens Care.

Trauma Lens Care is a robust program that involves collaboration between schools and law enforcement to support children using a trauma informed approach. It includes an easy-to-use reporting program for first responders, trauma-informed training for teachers and community members that equips them with tools to support children who have experienced trauma.

Trauma for Breakfast has a new podcast every month that shares the stories, science, and healing of how to better understand and care for those who have experienced trauma.
Resources and Learning Opportunities