Chandler City Council approves agreements to partner with nonprofits for opioid treatment and prevention

June 18, 2024
Aerial of Chandler City Hall

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council recently approved two agreements with two community-based organizations — Recovery Café Arizona and EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center — to provide opioid treatment and prevention services in the amount of $50,000 each.

The Recovery Café provides a peer-recovery center model, which offers support groups, social connection, computer access, and other services in a supportive environment. Funds awarded to Recovery Café will specifically support recovery coaching sessions, recovery circles and educational opportunities through the School for Recovery for 200 Chandler residents.

EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center (EMPACT-SPC) will use two nationally recognized, evidenced-based prevention curricula, "Too Good for Drugs" and "Operation Prevention" to support 625 Chandler youth. Both programs will be delivered in Chandler schools and involve educational components for parents/guardians.

Funding for these agreements is from the city’s share of the One Arizona Distribution of Opioid Settlement Funds Agreement (known as the One Arizona Agreement), originating from a $26 billion national settlement from opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and the “big three” distributors - McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health. Arizona will receive an estimated $542 million over 18 years. Since April of this year, the City of Chandler has received more than $735,000.

The agreements with both organizations is just the beginning of opioid education,  treatment and prevention in Chandler.

Media contacts:
Toni Smith
Communications Manager, City of Chandler

Stephanie Romero
Public Information Officer, City of Chandler