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The Genoa Healthcare pharmacies located in our clinics are open and ready to serve you – even if you’re meeting with your doctor by phone or video!

Each pharmacy:

  • Fills all medications (not just behavioral health).
  • Mails all medications (at no extra cost) or you can pick them up curbside or inside the CODAC building.
  • Organizes your pills by the date and time you need to take them, making it easy to stay on track.
  • Helps you transfer prescriptions from other pharmacies.

Contact the pharmacy team to learn more today!

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy
Located within CODAC at Alvernon
630 N. Alvernon Way
1st Fl, Suite 161
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 917-0129
Fax: (520) 413-4507
Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00pm)

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy
Located within CODAC at Cobblestone Court
1075 E. Ft. Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 257-1539
Fax: (520) 413-4654
Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00pm)

For many families, the school year is in full swing...but in a VERY different way. Many kiddos are now attending school virtually from their living rooms, kitchens, or bedrooms.

Early reports from parents show that it is an understatement to say it's tough for parents to help keep their kids on track and be able to keep up with their own work tasks.

We asked CODAC staff how they're coping and learned these 10 TIPS that might be helpful to you!

  1. Remember, this is new to your child as well as the school. Don't get too frustrated or take it too seriously the first few days. It gets easier.
  2. Have a space for "school" that is not at the kitchen or living room table so they can step away if needed.
  3. Stay involved. The teachers and administrators are doing their best to be available. But, sometimes you will need to speak up for your kiddo.
  4. Use a smart phone or timer to set alarms to remind them when they have to be back online.
  5. Set favorites/tabs for Web sites they need to use often.
  6. If you have more than one child at home, separate them when they're getting on each others' nerves.
  7. Put a baby monitor in your child's room so they can let you know when they need help with schoolwork. CODAC Recovery Coach Cynthia says "this totally makes our school and work day more manageable and eliminates the need to be in two places at once."
  8. Keep the kids on a routine, just like when they were going to school in person.
  9. Make sure you all get some physical activity each day. Whether it's jumping rope, dribbling a ball, swimming, going for a bike ride, etc., get moving to get out that energy and benefit from positive endorphins!
  10. Try to make it fun and give yourself permission to mess up a little here and there. It's a great lesson for kids to know not everything has to be perfect the first time.

What tips do you have that have worked well for you?!

Living Out Loud LGBTQIA Program UpdateCODAC opened the Living Out Loud LGBTQIA Health & Wellness Center in late 2014. We opened it in response to our LGBTQIA+ clients asking for a special, affirming place where they could receive integrated health and wellness services. We built a beautiful facility, trained and operated integrated teams of caring professionals, partnered with many other agencies, and hosted fabulous groups and events. Organically, our program evolved into a place trusted most by a segment of the transgender community (and their loved ones). We’re honored they included Living Out Loud in their journeys.

In October 2017, we had to downsize this and other programs due to reductions in funding. We moved Living Out Loud out of its original home on Broadway and into another CODAC treatment center. Participation in Living Out Loud has not quite been the same since. Over time, we could no longer offer adult psychiatry or primary care on-site with Living Out Loud. So, most of our LGBTQIA+-identified members decided to receive their integrated care at one of our other CODAC locations or with another community agency, such as El Rio.

As such, CODAC leadership has identified that it is time to further transition the “Living Out Loud” program and ensure that LGBTQIA+ members can and do receive safe, affirming, competent care at any of CODAC’s locations, whichever is most convenient for them. Impacted clients will be thoughtfully paired with new treatment teams. And, we’ll continue our practice of coordinating referrals to other LGBTQIA+ resources in the community.

Please know that CODAC’s commitment to being a provider of culturally competent services for the LGBTQIA+ communities has not wavered. CODAC leadership and staff are still dedicated to providing supportive environments for individuals in the LGBTQIA+ communities to receive integrated healthcare at all four of our outpatient treatment centers and within our residential and transitional living communities. We value our outstanding relationships with other strong LGBTQIA+ community resources, and are thankful for their partnerships, which have allowed us to best care for our mutual clients in the past, present and future.

Eddie Ornelas, PhD
Sr. VP of Clinical Services

CODAC and Banner Urgent Care are partnering for a pilot program that aims to reduce emergency room visits and destigmatize mental health conditions among urgent care providers.

A new CODAC pilot program hopes to raise awareness and destigmatize behavioral health issues among urgent care providers. The program’s purpose is also to guide CODAC members to urgent care, rather than the emergency room, to treat less serious medical conditions that are often physical symptoms of their mental health illness, such as panic attacks and mild pain.

The program, which is a collaboration with Banner Health, also focuses on “helping folks understand that as long as they are not presently in danger to themselves and others, it’s OK” to turn to urgent care, and not call 911, says Amy Mendoza, Vice President for Utilization Management at CODAC, and one of the pilot program’s organizers. Other CODAC staff involved includes Vice President of Nursing Stephanie Green and Senior Vice President for Clinical Services Eddie Ornelas. COPE Community Services and La Frontera are also partners.

There are two pressing issues with emergency room visits: the lengthy waiting periods, which can range between four-to-six hours on average, and the high costs, Mendoza says. “Having that resource available is vital for our members [to] receive priority,” Mendoza explains. “It’s a patient satisfaction thing [and] it reduces costs.”

In the Tucson area, the pilot program only takes place at the Banner Urgent Care location on Campbell Avenue and Prince Road, and it mostly runs on referrals—meaning CODAC members are directed to urgent care when appropriate.

Simultaneously, behavioral health trainings are offered to Banner Urgent Care staff to teach them the best ways to help patients with mental illnesses. The training was distributed to all urgent care providers in Pima County, as well as two in the Phoenix area, Mendoza says. Similar pilot programs are taking place at two separate Banner Urgent Care locations in Mesa and Glendale.

“We have to think from their perspective. Banner Urgent Care staff isn’t necessarily familiar with the common behavioral health diagnoses that we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Mendoza says. “For example, psychosis, or anxiety, or somebody who comes in with suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or someone who has a major diagnosis with substance use disorders. So, we created a six-part training, which deals with those areas in addition to social determinants. The last one is psychiatric symptoms that may manifest as medical symptoms.”

Providing urgent care staff with mental health training is crucial to foster a more integrated medical perspective, as well as to continue humanizing—not demonizing—mental health diagnoses.

“As staff, if you relate…not sympathy, but empathy toward that particular member, they will respond really well. The only way that empathy is created is by understanding,” Mendoza says. “As long as we have this [resource] out there and we continue to coordinate with this particular urgent care, it will help promote that. [It will help] reduce stigma by providing education and training.”

MAAT lobby and reception area. ©Tom Reich

CODAC is responding to the growing epidemic of opiate addiction by expanding the ability to provide comprehensive medication-assisted care for people in our community living with an opioid use disorder (OUD). In November, CODAC opened a new beautifully renovated Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic located at 380 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.

This outpatient treatment center offers more than 19,000 square feet of space for members to receive comprehensive care for opiate addictions.

With more than 550 members receiving services monthly, this clinic provides ample space and the upgraded capacity to provide support and quality treatment to members in recovery. The building furnishes nine medication dosing windows (to efficiently accommodate the demands of dosing large quantities of people), two physical exam rooms for primary care, an on-site laboratory, a variety of spacious meeting and group rooms, and much more.

Medical exam room. © Tom Reich

“This state-of-the-art clinic provides a calm, healing and therapeutic environment for staff and members. We have more space and a peaceful environment to provide quality addiction care,” says Dr. Larry Oñate, Medical Director.

With the safety of members, staff and the community in mind, the building contains extensive on-site security which includes 24/7 law enforcement and security presence, dozens of surveillance cameras, pharmacy grade construction and expansive intrusion and burglary monitoring.

Construction was completed by Rio West, Inc., who also owns the building. The architect was Intertech Architectural Interiors, Inc. Furniture brokered by J. Kaiser Workspaces. Security by Protection One.

For more information about CODAC’s MAT services, call (520) 327-4505.

Brittany C. began her recovery journey with CODAC after being released from the Crisis Response Center for suicidal thoughts in 2006. Her mental health and substance use history had her cycling in and out of treatment facilities and feeling depressed, angry and isolated.

"I was a mess and I refused to admit that there was anything wrong with me," she shares.

For a long time, Brittany struggled to figure out exactly what was going on with her mind and emotions. Eventually, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that she had been attempting to manage through drug use.

Brittany began treatment at Las Amigas, CODAC's Residential Treatment Program for women with substance use disorders. With the right combination of medications, therapy and support, she began to feel more stable.

"The staff made me feel cared for as a person. My recovery coach helped me find resources, held me accountable and saw something in me that I didn't know was there," she says. With the guidance of her Recovery Coach, Brittany was provided tools to better manage her life. These included bus passes (to get to her to treatment sites, appointments, and to find employment), support finding a job, and even permanent housing.

"Setbacks, like the threat of eviction, really held me back and sometimes caused me to relapse," shares Brittany.

"It's so much easier to stay sober when you have help keeping a roof over your head."

Brittany is feeling more confident as she moves forward in her life. She is now employed at a local fast food restaurant and regularly attends outpatient support groups and therapy. She is navigating the next steps to regain custody of her oldest daughter and just recently gave birth to her second child.

"CODAC has wrapped their arms around me and supported me with primary care, case management, medication management, family and job support. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me and it's been a long time since I have felt hope," she says.

CODAC Member Stephanie O. (C) celebrates her commencement from the Drug Alternative to Prison Program (DTAP) program.

"It wasn't that many years ago that your drug of choice was your friend — then your best friend — then your only friend — then your worst nightmare," says Chief Probation Officer David Sanders to the fourteen graduates of the Drug Court and Drug Alternative to Prison (DTAP) programs on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

A room filled with friends, family, sponsors, and supportive community members celebrated this important occasion. Among the graduating group were three CODAC members completing their DTAP requirements.

Programs such as this allow offenders to break the cycle of repeated incarceration by seeking intensive drug treatment alongside wraparound support services, which includes obtaining higher education, job training, transitional housing support, probation monitoring and regular court hearings. This allows members to address the root issues of their addiction, fulfill legal requirements and become productive members of the community.

Since the program's implementation in 2007, there have been 400 graduates. Sanders states that clients involved in these programs stay in treatment longer than others and face a 40% lower chance of recidivism.

Opening speaker and CODAC Peer Support Specialist Michael Kennedy is living proof.

"Prior to joining DTAP, the only thing I could do for six years consecutively is a prison sentence," he shares. Michael was in the first graduating class of the DTAP program and now gives back to those affected by addiction through peer support.

The three CODAC members who commenced from the program have also made significant strides in their recovery since starting DTAP.

"This program has a treatment-first approach that has given them the opportunity to heal and grow from their past rather than face incarceration. All three of these women have successfully reunited with their families, have independent housing, and are giving back to the community," shares Recovery Coach Rebekah Sewing.

A network of providers sets up clients for success. Through their own hard work, they are supported by a team consisting of their probation officer, treatment providers, attorneys, and judges.

"Each of them worked hard each day to get to this point. It was a joy and an honor to be a part of their recovery journey," Rebekah says.

CODAC's Employment Specialists are Helping Members Build Stable Futures by Finding Jobs

CODAC Employment Specialists
Employment Specialists Mitzi, Eddie and Laura support members with finding jobs.

Maintaining employment is one of many stressors in a person's life, but this stress is amplified for a person also living with addiction or mental health disorders.

CODAC's Employment Centers have compassionate staff dedicated to supporting members through finding employment while maintaining balance in their lives.

Our Employment Specialists provide training and guidance for:

  • Applying for jobs
  • Resume writing and interview preparation
  • Managing symptoms while on the job
  • Computer skills
  • Time management
  • ...and more!

"It is truly a blessing for me to wake up every day and be excited about going to work in anticipation of who I am going to help find a job today," says Eddie Crandall, Employment Specialist at CODAC's Alvernon site.

To learn more about CODAC's Employment Center and services, click here.

CODAC is partnering with Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to provide treatment and support services to the families of babies who were exposed to drugs during pregnancy.

This includes pregnant/postpartum women, spouses/partners, and their families. The treatment is convenient, compassionate and effective because it is offered at TMC where women already go for care related to their pregnancy.

CODAC specialists will:

  • Meet with interested individuals at Tucson Medical Center.
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of substance abuse, mental health, and trauma disorders.
  • Create a case plan for care/recovery at TMC to include:
    • Case management
    • Individual therapy
    • Support groups
    • Skills workshops
    • Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment, as appropriate
    • Referrals for residential treatment and/or after-care

Immediately before and after birth (Perinatal):
Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Often referred to as "drug exposed," these babies usually need to stay in the hospital for a period of time for monitoring and treatment. Research shows that being held and rocked by their parent can reduce the effects of withdrawal and improve healthy development.

With substance abuse treatment provided by CODAC at TMC, the parent(s) and baby both benefit. The parent(s) can be near or with their child while engaging in meaningful treatment services. And the child can be near their parent(s), growing, stabilizing and forming the bonds that so critically impact their future development.

During pregnancy (Antenatal):
When drug or alcohol use/addiction is discovered during pregnancy, the mother-to-be may need ongoing physical care to monitor the baby's development and vital signs in utero. This testing and treatment can mean many hours at Tucson Medical Center. Now, it's convenient for moms and their families to participate in substance use treatment at the same location where they're receiving critical prenatal care.

CODAC recently finished its first pilot session of an evidence-based curriculum focused on chronic disease self-management.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Group is a highly structured, 2.5-hour weekly workshop designed to provide education and resources for members who are struggling to manage their chronic physical and mental illnesses. This program provides engaging and interactive education for members to become empowered to take control of their health and well-being.

At CODAC, more than 1,500 SMI members live with chronic illnesses in addition to their substance abuse or mental health diagnosis. The top physical medical conditions among members are hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, pulmonary disorders and other neurological disorders.

We know that the correlation between physical and mental health disorders is strong, which is why, in offering a group focused on chronic illness management, members learn to:

  • Self-manage their symptoms
  • Effectively work with their healthcare team
  • Safely use medications and minimize side effects
  • Use community resources
  • Adapt to social activities
  • Talk with friends and family about their disease
    Of the ten members who participated, there were many positive outcomes, including increased healthy behaviors, improved physical symptoms, and better self-sufficiency when managing personal health.

What members experienced:

  • Ava reported never having "a good night's sleep." After using the problem-solving and relaxation techniques, she reported sleeping for more than six hours for the first time in two years.
  • Laura had problems with managing her weight. She began logging her food in a journal and realized that she was over-eating before going to bed. After changing those habits for two weeks, she lost five pounds.
  • Robert states that he was constantly thinking about drinking. Through learning how to change his negative thought patterns, he now practices thinking "I am proud of myself every day I don't drink" instead of "I want to drink every day."

"The most important quality of this curriculum is self-management. Members are truly empowered toward self-determination. They all come out of the experience with a newfound confidence in themselves which thy can take with them wherever life leads them," says Population Health Administrator, Inge Detweiler.