10/10/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

10/10/2019
Candlelight Celebration of Hope
The magic of new beginnings
Thursday, October 10, free event! Fair 5 pm, Celebration 6 pm
Steele Indian School Park amphitheater. Presented by Mental Health America Coalition and ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.

10/10/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

10/11/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

10/12/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, October 12, 9 am to 1 pm, Maricopa Integrated Health System, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

10/15/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

10/16/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (Valley Metro bus route 16)
• Jan., April, July and October: We'll present an overview of general mental health and substance use service;
• Feb., May, Aug. and November: We'll present an overview of services for the seriously mentally ill;
• March, June, Sept. and Dec.: we'll take a closer look at other supportive services that are available.
No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Members can get a ride to this meeting. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711. For more info, email LauraPiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org .

10/16/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

10/16/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

10/17/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

10/18/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

10/18/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

10/19/2019
15th Annual NAMIWalks -- NAMI Valley of the Sun
Join Southwest Network and walk with us as we help raise awareness and funds for mental illness. The exceptional NAMI event offers time to mingle, get some exercise, and see what sponsors like Southwest Network are doing. Flyers to come at your location -- and watch for our registration link on facebook!

10/19/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

10/19/2019
15th Annual NAMIWalk Valley of the Sun
Raise awareness of mental health issues
Saturday, October 19, Arizona Capitol, South 17th Ave. and West Jefferson St., Phoenix
NAMIWalk is a fun, family-friendly event and there is no cost to register. There are multiple ways you can make a difference with NAMIWalk: as a sponsor, committee member, team captain, team member, individual walker, or volunteer! However you participate in NAMIWalk, you will be joining NAMI's (National Alliance on Mental Illness) movement to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for their mission to help individuals and families right here in our region. Click HERE to register or get more info.

10/21/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

10/23/2019
Hope Conference from the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition
Many voices, one goal: Suicide prevention
Wed. through Friday, October 23, 24 and 25, Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix
This program will apply for CEUs. Get details at www.azspc.org/hope-conference.

10/24/2019
Raising Special Kids Symposium 2019
Systems and strategies for managing behavior
Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 am to 3 pm, Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix
To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

10/24/2019
Fathers Mentoring Fathers Workshop
Free workshop for men only
Thurs., Oct. 24, 9:30 am to 4 pm
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Come and explore new roles as a father, discuss effective communication techniques, find out how other men take on new responsibilities of fatherhood, hear ways to spend quality time with your children, and more. Free continental breakfast and lunch provided; English and Español; Certificates of completion provided at end. To register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or info@fathermatters.org. For info and future dates, visit www.fathermatters.org.

10/24/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Nov. 28.

10/24/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

10/26/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

10/26/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

10/28/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

10/30/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014 (Valley Metro bus route 7)
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email PiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org. No meeting in Dec.

11/01/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

11/01/2019
ACDL 25th Anniversary Event
A benefit for the Arizona Center for Disability Law
Friday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm, $100 per person
ABILITY360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is celebrating 25 years of advancing disability rights. Join them as they honor Tim Hogan, former Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon. The event will include music, food, drink, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting ACDL’s work in advancing the rights of Arizonans with disabilities.Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com or contact Development Chair Sherri Collins at center@azdisabilitylaw.org, or ACDL Communications and Outreach Manager, Natalie Luna Rose at nlunarose@azdisabilitylaw.org.

11/01/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/01/2019
25th Anniversary Event
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Friday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm, Ability360 Center, $100
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is celebrating 25 years of advancing disability rights. Join them as they honor Tim Hogan, former Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon. The event will include music, food, drink, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting ACDL’s work in advancing the rights of Arizonans with disabilities. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

11/04/2019
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11/04/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
• Monday, November 4, 10 - 11:30 am
• Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

11/04/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

11/05/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

11/05/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

11/05/2019
safeTALK
Suicide alertness for everyone
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 to 4:30 pm, 4755 S. 44th Pl., Phoenix
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. Learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Attend the half day safeTALK program and learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and connect them to lifesaving resources. For more information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Mercy Care is covering registration costs ($25 value); there is no cost to participate.

11/05/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

11/05/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

11/05/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

11/05/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

11/07/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

11/08/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/09/2019
FREE Mental Health Advocacy Training
8:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
This FREE session for workers, families, and youth is designed to help attendees increase their abilities to effect change in the mental health system. Includes an overview or the Arizona behavioral health system, tools for engaging in legislative advocacy, and ideas for speaking out to advocate for those living with mental illness. Email mhaofarizona@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

11/09/2019
Community Health and Wellness Fair
Free and open to the public
Saturday, November 9, 10 am to 2 pm
Samaritan Funeral Home, 1505 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Featuring local businesses, Free Health Information, Screenings, powerful Drug Abuse Prevention Workshops and more! We will have live DJ, food and activities for the whole family.

11/11/2019
HOLIDAY: Veterans Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



11/12/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix (Valley Metro Bus Route 7)
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for,connect, promote, and develop leadership by peers and family members throughout our state. The Coalition has been dedicated to extending statewide peer andfamily leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care system since 2009. Click HERE for meeting dates. For information, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, NUTRTN1@cox.ne.

11/12/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

11/12/2019
Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting
For survivors, professionals and supporters
Second Tuesday of every ODD month, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 2033 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
The goal of the Coalition is to change those conditions that result in suicidal acts in Arizona through awareness, intervention, and action. For information, please email AZSPC@gmail.com or visit www.azspc.org/. Meetings are subject to change.

11/13/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

11/14/2019
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health 30th Annual Conference
Workshops, speakers, mental health advocates and professionals
Thurs. - Sat., Nov. 14, 15 and 16, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, tickets start at $300
For 30 years, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has been the nationwide advocacy organization with families as its sole focus, playing an important role in helping children, youth and their families whose lives are impacted by mental health challenges. This important work is supported largely by mental health advocates and generous donors like you who contribute to our cause. Their 30th Annual Conference will feature many great workshops and speakers, joining hundreds of mental health advocates and professionals from across the nation as we work to educate and empower children, youth, and families! To register, visit www.eventbrite.com or www.ffcmh.org/conference.

11/14/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

11/14/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

11/15/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/15/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

11/16/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

11/18/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

11/19/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

11/20/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (Valley Metro bus route 16)
• Jan., April, July and October: We'll present an overview of general mental health and substance use service;
• Feb., May, Aug. and November: We'll present an overview of services for the seriously mentally ill;
• March, June, Sept. and Dec.: we'll take a closer look at other supportive services that are available.
No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Members can get a ride to this meeting. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711. For more info, email LauraPiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org .

11/20/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

11/20/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

11/21/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

11/22/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

11/23/2019
Learn How To Safely Interact With First Responders
Free community event from Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
Saturday, Nov. 23, 12 to 3 pm
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona at Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
At this event young adults living with brain injury, Autism, or a disability will engage with first responders to learn key safety skills through activities, talks, and episodes of Be Safe The Movie. Ask how to get a free copy of Be Safe The Movie when you attend. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

11/23/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

11/23/2019
Learn How To Safely Interact With First Responders
Free event for teens and young adults
Saturday, November 23, 12 to 3 pm
ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
At this event teens and young adults living with brain injury, Autism, or a disability will engage with first responders to learn key safety skills through activities, talks, and episodes of Be Safe The Movie. RSVP today and get a free copy of Be Safe The Movie when you attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

11/23/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, November 23, 11 am to 2 pm, Fall Festival, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

11/23/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

11/25/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

11/27/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014 (Valley Metro bus route 7)
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email PiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org. No meeting in Dec.

11/28/2019
HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving
All Southwest Network sites will be closed today and tomorrow



11/28/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Nov. 28, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Dec. 26.

11/29/2019
HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving
All Southwest Network sites will be closed the day after Thanksgiving



11/29/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/02/2019
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12/02/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

12/03/2019
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

12/03/2019
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

12/03/2019
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

12/03/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

12/03/2019
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

12/03/2019
CAN DO Support Group
A group for parents of children with developmental/intellectual disabilities, epilepsy,
cerebral palsy, and/or autism spectrum disorders ... and their kids
First Tuesday of each month (except January), 6 to 8 pm
Family Invovement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
CAN DO for parents provides resources, ideas, support and education. CAN DO for kids ages 6 and up provides opportunities and fun and behavior coaches are welcome, too. Limited child watch; dinner provided. Spanish translation available. For more information, see the flyer or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

12/05/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

12/06/2019
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

12/06/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/06/2019
Brain Injury 101
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
Friday, Dec. 6, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, classroom A, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona invites you to learn about the Alliance. We will explore our comprehensive services, the impact and magnitude of brain injury in Arizona, and how we can work together to get information, resources and education out to those who have been affected by brain injury. Free and open to the public. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.

12/09/2019
Webinar: The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving
Training opportunity for foster, kinship, and adoptive families and those who support them
Monday, December 9, 10 - 11:30 am
This webinar is about living and working with traumatized children, and understanding the effects of trauma and what to do about those effects. Case presentations about difficult behavior challenges from foster parents and concrete suggestions to help families manage behavior challenges will be included. Click HERE to learn more. Please pre-register at https://azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving or to access archived webinars. Presented by the Arizona council of Human Service Providers.

12/10/2019
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix (Valley Metro Bus Route 7)
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for,connect, promote, and develop leadership by peers and family members throughout our state. The Coalition has been dedicated to extending statewide peer andfamily leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care system since 2009. Click HERE for meeting dates. For information, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, NUTRTN1@cox.ne.

12/10/2019
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

12/11/2019
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

12/12/2019
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer to print or share, click HERE.

12/12/2019
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Free suicide first aid training workshop from Mercy Care
Thurs. and Friday, December 12-13, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
MARC/PIR, 924 Country Club Drive, Mesa 85201
ASIST is for any person in a position of trust who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent suicide. Learn how to recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, develop a safety framework, link persons at risk with resources, and more. Studies show the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide. For more information and to register, www.eventbrite.com.

12/13/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/13/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/14/2019
Baby Shots: Free Immunization Clinics
Don't compromise. . . immunize!
Saturday, December 14, 11 am to 2 pm, REACT, address TBD
The Phoenix Fire Department's Baby Shots Immunization Program provides free vaccinations to children who are eligible under the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). Children from birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccines: KidsCare, Medicaid eligible (AHCCCS), Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage, American Indian or Alaska Native as defined by the Indian Health Services Act. Immunization records must be brought with you. Please telephone 602-534-BABY (2229) to confirm clinic times, locations, and get other dates, or visit www.phoenix.gov/fire/babyshots.

12/16/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

12/17/2019
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

12/18/2019
Adult Care Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (Valley Metro bus route 16)
• Jan., April, July and October: We'll present an overview of general mental health and substance use service;
• Feb., May, Aug. and November: We'll present an overview of services for the seriously mentally ill;
• March, June, Sept. and Dec.: we'll take a closer look at other supportive services that are available.
No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Members can get a ride to this meeting. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711. For more info, email LauraPiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org .

12/18/2019
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

12/18/2019
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

12/19/2019
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

12/19/2019
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

12/20/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/21/2019
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

12/23/2019
Community Policy Work Group
Provide feedback on proposed changes to AHCCCS policies
Meets the 4th Monday of every month, 1 to 2 pm, at AHCCCS, 701 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Learn more about the policy making process. This community-led workgroup will regularly review AHCCCS policies open for public comment and provide feedback on proposed policy changes. Email Nia Buckley for more information.

12/24/2019
HOLIDAY: Christmas Eve
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



12/25/2019
HOLIDAY: Christmas Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



12/25/2019
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
No meeting in December. For more information, email PiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org.

12/26/2019
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Jan. 23, 2020.

12/27/2019
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

12/27/2019
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For other dates and locations, visit First Teeth First.

12/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

12/28/2019
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

12/30/2019
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

01/01/2020
HOLIDAY: New Year's Day
All Southwest Network sites will be closed



01/02/2020
Reentry Job Club
Open to the public, no-cost workshop for ex-offenders
Every Thursday, 9 to 11 am
3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix 85040 (Brooks Community School)
Expand your network and obtain support as you navigate your way through a challenging job market. This job club is specifically geared to those whose criminal background is a barrier to employment. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For info or to register, contact Father Matters, 602.774.3298 or visit https://fathermatters.org/event/re-entry-job-club.

01/03/2020
Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition Meeting
Help strengthen mental health criminal justice collaboration
Meets the first Friday of each month, 10 am to 12 pm, location varies
The Coalition provides information, advocacy, and resources for individuals living with mental or substance use disorders who currently are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. David’s Hope leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition. Coalition meetings are held monthly; days and locations may vary. Please call David’s Hope, 602.774.4382 for more information, including how to navigate the mental health criminal justice systems in all 15 Arizona counties. Assistance offered to all at no charge. To receive meeting updates via email, request that your name be added to the distribution list by contacting davidshopeaz@yahoo.com. For more information, visit davidshopeaz.org.

01/03/2020
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

01/06/2020
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01/06/2020
Teen Support Group
Sexual assault, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, gender-based violence
Every Monday (except holidays), 6 to 7:30 pm
Blooming Point, 19th Ave. and W. Northern Ave., Phoenix 85021
Blooming Point's free and confidential advocacy support groups address and respond to victimization and trauma from crimes including teen dating abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, sex trafficking, stalking, gender-based violence and bullying. The support groups we offer help to reduce the isolation of victimization by connecting young survivors with other young survivors who can share and support each other. If you are interested in learning more about a support group or would like to join one, please contact sarah@bloom365.org or text/call 602.799.6096. Learn more at www.bloom365.org.

01/07/2020
Benefits 2 Work
Social Security work incentives counseling for those on SSI/SSDI
Every first Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Registration required. Contact 602.443.0720 or b2w@ability360.org.

01/07/2020
NAMI Community Education Program
Behavioral health information from a variety of trusted organizations
First Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 pm
Scottsdale Senior Center,1700 N. Granite Reef, Scottsdale
Everyone is welcome! NAMI Valley of the Sun provides educational meetings of interest regarding mental health. These educational presentations are free and of general information only and are not intended to be personal mental health advice or therapy. No need to RSVP and there is no charge. For more information, contact 480.481.0559 or info@namivalleyofthesun.org. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,www.namiaz.com or namivalleyofthesun.org or www.nami.org. Call to confirm as date may change because of the holiday.

01/07/2020
Congressman Gallego Mobile Office Hours
Talk with Congressman Ruben Gallego
Every first Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 pm
Ability360 Center, 1st floor lobby, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
For information, contact David Carey, 602.443.023 or DavidC@ability360.org.

01/07/2020
Keogh Health Connections
Free help with applications for benefits
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 am to 4 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Free application assistance for health insurance marketplace ("Obamacare") covery, Medicaid, AHCCCS, SNAP, and TANF. Call 602.266.0397.

01/07/2020
Circle of Hope
A support group for parents of children with unique needs
Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 9 to 11:30 am
Family Involvement Center, 5333 North 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix 85014
Join us each month to connect with others who are having similar experiences; talk with people who understand how you feel; build your support network; share your experiences, challenges and successes; expand your knowledge, tools and resources; and enjoy a little self care. Spanish interpretation available. For more information or to register, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center, 602-288-0155, pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org. Meeting date subject to change.

01/08/2020
Change Starts With Us
Young People Meeting
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm, 212 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
Join a open community meeting for youth and young adults 13-25 to come together to share experiences, explore talents, and discover community resources to develop the future. This meeting includes free dinner, inspirational speakers, mentoring, uplifting entertainment, open discussions, and fun activities. Click HERE for a flyer. For information, call or text 480.645.2601. Hosted through community partnerships.

01/09/2020
SMILE Family Support Group
Free group from Marc Community Resources open to the community
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm
737 W Guadalupe Rd., Suite 122 Mesa, AZ 85210
You are not alone on your journey. Marc's family support group, SMILE (Sharing, Motivating, Inspiring and Learning Empathetically) is a FREE group which provides educational tools, community resources, guidance and additional supports. For information, contact Nancy Stoll, 480.201.9196, nancy.stoll@marccr.com. For a flyer, click HERE.

01/10/2020
Oral Health Screenings (Revisiones Dentales Gratis)
Free screenings for newborns to 5-year-olds and pregnant women
Every Friday, 8 am to 1 pm, Consulate General of Mexico, 320 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Free oral health screenings and fluoride varnish for newborns to 5 years old and oral health screenings for pregnant women. No appointment needed. For more information, contact Ventanilla de Salud, 602.510.0637. En Español. For more dates and other locations, visit First Teeth First.

01/14/2020
Arizona Peer & Family Coalition Meeting
Peers, families and allies giving back to the community
Second Tuesday of each month, 12 to 1:30 pm, doors open at 11:30 am for networking
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix (Valley Metro Bus Route 7)
The mission of the Arizona Peer & Family Coalition (AZPFC) is to advocate for,connect, promote, and develop leadership by peers and family members throughout our state. The Coalition has been dedicated to extending statewide peer andfamily leadership into all aspects of Arizona’s behavioral health care system since 2009. Click HERE for meeting dates. For information, visit http://azpeerandfamily.org or contact Carol McDermott, President, NUTRTN1@cox.ne.

01/14/2020
Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group: Grupo De Apoyo Para Padres en Español
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health needs
Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th Street, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Join other Spanish-speaking parents raising children with behavioral health care needs. Connect with them and gain understanding and support. A parent from Family Involvement Center leads the group. Monthly topics are family-driven and relate to the needs of the Latino population. Limited child watch. A light meal will be served. To register or for more information, see the flyer in English and Español or contact the Parent Assistance Center (PAC) at (602) 288-0155 or pac@familyinvolvementcenter.org.

01/15/2020
Adult Care Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Helping you on your path of recovery
Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
RI International, 2701 N. 16th Street, Suite 119, Phoenix (Valley Metro bus route 16)
• Jan., April, July and October: We'll present an overview of general mental health and substance use service;
• Feb., May, Aug. and November: We'll present an overview of services for the seriously mentally ill;
• March, June, Sept. and Dec.: we'll take a closer look at other supportive services that are available.
No cost to attend, light refreshments will be served. Spanish language interpretation available. Members can get a ride to this meeting. Call Mercy Care Member Services, 602.586.1841 or 1.800.564.5465; TTY/TDD 711. For more info, email LauraPiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org .

01/15/2020
Valley Metro Transportation Presentation
Free transit system overview and ride on bus/light rail
Every 3rd Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
ABILITY360 Center, Classroom A, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Valley Metro serves 17 cities and towns in the Valley and riding it is easier than you think! Learn how to use the bus, light rail, circulators and paratransit in this workshop. The session includes a presentation, a bus demo and ride and a free light rail ride. The presentation will offer an overview of Valley Metro services, fares, trip planning, accessibility features and more. Open to the public. For more information or to register, contact David Carey, 602.443.0723, DavidC@ability360.org.

01/15/2020
Medicare Counseling
Assistance with questions about Medicare and Medicaid
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10 am to 2 pm, by appointment (no walk-ins)
Ability360 Center, Room 2, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Trained benefits counselors will help the general public with Medicare and Medicaid related needs and questions including enrollment assistance, problem solving, and general information. All counseling is independent, unbiased, and offered without charge, but by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact Kris Cooley, KrisC@ability360.org or 602.443.0706.

01/16/2020
Men's Disability Issues Group
For adult men only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 pm
Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 85034
Contact Don Price, DonP@ability360.org or 602.443-0726.

01/17/2020
Help Yourself Purchase Cooperative from United Food Bank
Fresh meat and produce for only $29, free bread and more
Every Friday (except holidays), 8 am to noon
United Food Bank, 358 E. Javelina Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Help Yourself is a weekly food purchase cooperative for those in our communities on fixed incomes and limited resources. Each week, families and individuals can purchase through the Co-op choosing fresh meats and fresh produce for only $20 — cash, credit, debit or EBT accepted. A variety of bread, pastry and other items are available at no cost to qualified individuals through United Food Bank’s Choice Pantry. To learn more, visit https://unitedfoodbank.org. Shoes must be worn.

01/18/2020
NAMI Connection Peer Support Group
from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Third Saturday of each month, 10 to 11:30 am, PSA Epicenter, 1415 N. 1st St., Phoenix 85004
NAMI Connection is a recovery/support group for adults living with mental illness. It is led by a trained mentor and offers a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere of respect, encouragement and hope. These groups don't recommend or endorse any form of medical treatment or medications. They provide time with understanding peers while respecting each participant's confidentiality. By attending a Connection support group, the individual learns they are not alone in their struggles; others like them are dealing with similar challenges and figuring out how to overcome them. (This support group is not for family and friends. It's for individuals living with mental illness). Click HERE for a flyer or visit www.namivalleyofthesun.org.

01/22/2020
Child and Family Advisory Partnership Community Meeting with Mercy Care
Get the help you need to raise a child with behavioral and physical health needs
Last Wednesday of each month, dinner and networking 5:30 to 6 pm, meeting 6 to 7:30 pm
Family Involvement Center, 5333 N. 7th St., Suite A-100, Phoenix, 85014 (Valley Metro bus route 7)
Get the support you need to raise a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs, share your ideas and suggestions, talk directly with service providers, and meet other families. Dinner, Spanish interpretation, and child watch are provided. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email PiontkowskiL@MercyCareAz.org.

01/23/2020
Autism Advocacy Meeting
with Autism Ambassadors Corps
Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 pm (4th Thurs. of each month)
Ability360 Center, classroom B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Many Autistics and their loved ones complain about how society view and treats us, but few are doing anything to address these issues. This meeting is to discuss ideas, not only to address these grievances, but also coordinate our advocacy efforts. It's also the planning meeting for the "Annual Autistic Appreciation Month." Only those who are ready to take and/or support tangible actions of some kind should attend. For information or to register, visit www.eventbrite.com. Next meeting: Feb. 27, 2020.

01/25/2020
Mobile Pantry Food Bank
Free fruits and vegetables
Every 4th Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, in the gym, 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Bring bags! No I.D. or proof of income required. Sponsored by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and PRBC.

02/28/2020
9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities
Finding Solutions, Building a Stronger Community
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 8 am to 5 pm, Desert Willow Conference Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Ability360, Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL), in collaboration with the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AZCAAR) are honored to host the nationally recognized 9th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD). The AACD is the only comprehensive all day conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disabilities. For more information, a complete schedule, and to register visit www.eventbrite.com. For registration assistance, contact David Carey at Ability360, davidc@ability360.org or 602.443.0723.

01/01/2021
Have an event to add?
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To have an event considered for inclusion here, or to report an incorrect listing, please e-mail connections@southwestnetwork.org. Please note: These listings are provided as a community service by Southwest Network. Inclusion does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Southwest Network, nor do we guarantee accuracy. Services offered may require eligibility; contact the provider for information.