Basic Needs

  • Dial 211 for a comprehensive information and referral directory for all sorts of health and human services.
  • CONTAC (Emergency Shelters), (602) 263-8900 or (800) 799-7739
  • Department of Economic Security, (602) 542-4791,

   Disaster Distress

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.
  • The SAMHSA DDH website has a page dedicated to Incidents of Mass Violence distress risk factors and warning signs and resources for coping
  • SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Responder App
  • SAMHSA Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
  • SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center’s Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series: Resources for behavioral health providers, others supporting those impacted by terrorism:
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) compilation of resources for parents, caregivers & educators regarding terrorism
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
  • Common Sense Media Explaining the News to Our Kids

     Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault


     Health Care & Disability Benefits

  • Arizona Medicaid - Contact Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents. Individuals must meet certain income and other requirements to obtain services. (602) 417-4000, (800) 654-8713,
  • How to apply for Medicaid in AZ?Apply online at; submit an Application for Benefits by mail (to P.O. Box 19009, Phoenix AZ 85005) or in person; or call (855) 432-7587 for help applying, or search online for a community assistor.
  • Apply for KidsCare?  Do so here.
  • Social Security Administration, (800)-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778),
  • Social Security Disability Benefits Guide, click here.
  • Social Security Disability Benefits Guide, click here.
  • Ability360 (formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, or ABIL), (602) 254-6407,


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, (800) 799-7233 or TTY (800) 787-3224
  • Teen Lifeline, (602) 248-TEEN or (800) 248-TEEN,

     Crisis Lines

  • Veterans Crisis Line, (800) 273-8255 Press 1,
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Central Arizona Crisis Line (800) 631-1314, (602) 222-9444, TTY (800) 327-9254
  • Northern Arizona (Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties) (877) 756-4090
  • Southern Arizona (Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties) (866) 495-6735
  • Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities (800) 259-3449

     Warm Lines (Non-Crisis)

  • Arizona (888) 404-5530
  • Central Arizona (602) 347-1100 or (888) 404-5530
  • Southern Arizona (877) 770-9912 or (520) 770-9909


  • Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, (602) 712-9200,


     Mental Health Services & Substance Abuse

     Regional Behavioral Health Authorities:

   Older Adults

  • offers assistance and information on aging and disability
  • Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit that provides resources and services to older adults, individuals with disabilities, people with HIV/AIDS, and caregivers. The multiple Area Agency on Aging organizations are listed below.

     Area Agency on Aging

     Spanish-speaking Resources (En Español)

     Support Groups

  • Peer Support Groups are facilitated by individuals with lived experience who can relate to the challenges faced by living with a mental illness. They are located throughout Maricopa County, including Yarnell (For adults 18+). There are 11 groups in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Mesa and Yarnell. More info here:

  • Family Support Groups are a free monthly meeting of caregivers of individuals with a mental illness where family members can talk frankly about their challenges and help one another through their learned wisdom. These meetings are facilitated by trained NAMI members in affiliates across Arizona.

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance hold support groups for those with mood disorders. They are free and are open to anyone.

 Youth & Family Services

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