Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

With 790 Arizona residents dead from opioid overdoses last year, Governor Ducey has declared the opioid crisis in Arizona a public health emergency. According to the Arizona Republic, the declaration seeks to expand distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, develop new guidelines for health-care providers on responsible prescribing, and expand access to drug treatment options.

Register today to learn how community members can be involved in turning the tide of this public health crisis. Participants will learn information about opioid overdose – what it looks like and how to respond. Discuss the details about Arizona’s naloxone law for overdose prevention, and learn how to use naloxone to rescue an overdose victim. Injectable naloxone kits will be distributed to eligible participants and agencies.

Presenter: Ivan Anderson
Paramedic/Fireman – Verde Valley Fire Dept and MATFORCE Speakers Bureau Member

Register today for this FREE training in Cottonwood or Prescott Valley! Lunch is provided.
matforce@cableone.net or (928) 708-0100


Monday, August 7, 2017 ~ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Verde Valley Medical Center ~ Conference Rooms A&B
269 S Candy Lane, Cottonwood


Prescott Valley

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 ~ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Step One Coffee House ~ Large Conference Room
6719 E 2nd St, Ste C, Prescott Valley


 From Inmate to Citizen

Understanding the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community

Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated? Incarceration affects the incarcerated individual and their loved ones after release.

Learn about:

  • Difficulties people experience transitioning from prison into the community
  • The different thinking and processing skills between someone who is incarcerated and someone who is not
  • Identify differences in prison culture and daily life
  • Increase awareness about generational trauma
  • Keys to successful reintegration
  • How to communicate with returning individuals
  • How we, as a community, can help individuals return home successfully

Limited seating. No registration required to attend.
Questions? Contact info@YavapaiReentryProject.org or (928) 708-0100

Prescott Valley

Thursday, September 14, 2017 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Step One Coffee House ~ Room #2
6719 E 2nd St, Ste C, Prescott Valley



Wednesday, November 1, 2017 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

 Community Coach training

Are you interested in making a real difference in your community and having a positive impact on a person's life?

Consider serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after serving in prison.

Volunteer coaches give formerly incarcerated individuals the opportunity
» for community support
» the ability to build healthy relationships
» to create hope for their future

Receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for former inmates. No experience, prior qualifications or education needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

Prescott Valley

8056 E Valley Rd, Ste B, Prescott Valley

Saturday, August 19, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Public Safety Building
199 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

To register for this free class contact Ivy Rios irios@matforceaz.org or (928) 708-0100.

August 2017 Flyer

 Solutions for Combating Addiction and Mental Illness

Lunch & Learn

Listen as Executive Director Merilee Fowler educates the audience on both substance abuse and drug overdose trends in Yavapai County. Then join behavioral and health services organizations from the Prescott area to discuss the new crisis services available throughout the community.

Presenters include:

  • Merilee Fowler, Executive Director, MATFORCE
  • Terros Health; West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Yavapai County Admin Building
Board of Supervisors Board Room
1015 Fair St., Prescott


 Adolescent Brain Development

Learn why during the ages of 10 to 24 brain development is just as critical as when they were toddlers. Understand how the brain is laying the ground work to permanently hard-wire itself for the future and the process that is taking it from childhood to adulthood.

Topics include key concepts of brain development, social development, emotional and cognitive development, risk behaviors, adolescent decision-making, and helping teens make healthy decisions.

Facilitated by Barb Iversen -
Barb Iversen has worked with youth and families for 30 years in a variety of mental health, social service and educational settings.  Barb teaches in Phoenix Colleges’ Adolescent Studies Program and provides professional development and parenting education on a statewide basis.  She is a Certified Adolescent Health Trainer and has a B.S. in Psychology and a M.C. from ASU. Barb is a National Certified Counselor.

Registration is now open. Limited seating - register here today!
»  $20, including lunch
»  Registration ends Thursday, September 14th!


 Parenting Education Classes

Parenting is hard work.  We're here to help.MATFORCE partners with multiple organizations to offer FREE parenting education classes across the county.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 

A 3-week class on how to reduce the stress of parenting and raise respectful, responsible children.

Guiding Good Choices 

Find answers on how to improve the bond with your child, increase child involvement in the family, and reduce the risk of teenage drug use and other stressful behaviors in this 5-week class.

The Parent Café

Parent Cafe is a confidential, non-judgmental, informal discussion group for parents and anyone interested in parenting

Click here to view a calendar of FREE parenting classes and workshops.

 Monthly Youth Drug and Alcohol Impact Panel

See calendar for dates and locations.

Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Flyer with address and phone info

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