A Glendale organization is one of seven throughout the state to which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is granting $565,000 to provide programs and services to address substance use disorders, including an effort for Peoria schools.
Grants are being awarded for programming that addresses substance use disorders with at least one of three complicating factors: COVID-19, social determinants of health, and/or co-occurring mental health conditions.
Youth4Youth, an organization located at 5405 N. 99th Ave., in Glendale, helps youth to develop leadership and success skills while giving them the opportunity to make a positive difference in their school, community and beyond.
The money will help the organization to implement school-based prevention programming and establish a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Coalition in Peoria. Designated as an Arizona High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Peoria currently has no prevention programming in schools and does not have a DFC Coalition, despite Arizona youth survey results indicating a need to address drug use among youth in this community.
“We’ve seen over the past year that when we work together, we can accomplish great things,” Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona president and CEO Pam Kehaly stated in a news release. “We hope that these grants will bring us one step closer to a healthier Arizona.”
Between 2017 and 2021, Arizona has seen an estimated 65,982 opioid overdoses resulting in 9,053 deaths. To help reduce these numbers, BCBSAZ’s Mobile AZ Initiative invests in local organizations that build and deliver prevention programs and offer treatment and recovery services for substance use disorders and mental health conditions. The public health movement targets the health challenges hitting Arizonans the hardest.
Click here to learn more about BCBSAZ’s Mobilize AZ initiative.