Forensic Peer and Family Support: Breaking Down the Barriers

Yuma, Arizona August 27-28, 2018: Peer support staff from six agencies create new connections and develop powerful action plans to reduce justice involvement for people served in Yuma.
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Cenpatico, Crossroads Mission, Hope Inc., NAZCARE, PSA, and TLCR were represented in this workshop. The attendees learned about evidence-based, best, and promising practices concerning justice involvement for people with mental health and substance use issues. At the end of Day 2, they composed an action plan for what they can do within their agency to prevent justice involvement and break down reentry barriers for the individuals they support. For agencies with more than one attendee, they coordinated their individual action plans into one agency plan. All attendees committed to present their plans to their leadership.

Brooke from NAZCARE said, “I am happy they have this information being taught to help better assist people going through the system.”

“What was most amazing was how these six agencies committed to work together as one unified Yuma force to help the folks they serve,” said Gloriana Hunter, course developer and facilitator of the workshop. “They rolled up their collective sleeves, identified what they could change in Yuma, and put together robust plans. What they put together could change the way many regions in Arizona approach forensic peer and family support.”

Kevin from PSA Art Awakenings added, “A shift in addressing the needs is happening, which is empowering.”


The Forensics Peer and Family Support class is taught through the Peer & Family Career Academy (PFCA). The PFCA was created with purpose and passion by the community of providers who employ peer and family support staff in Arizona and is funded through AHCCCS.


 Yuma attendees prepare for the 2-days ahead.

Yuma attendees prepare for the 2-days ahead.

 Bobby (Hope Inc.) studies the Sequential Intercept Model with his small group.

Bobby (Hope Inc.) studies the Sequential Intercept Model with his small group.

 Brooke (NAZCARE) and Hollie (TLCR) prepare their presentation.

Brooke (NAZCARE) and Hollie (TLCR) prepare their presentation.

 Larissa (Hope Inc.) and Tara (TLCR) prepare their presentation.

Larissa (Hope Inc.) and Tara (TLCR) prepare their presentation.

 Facilitator Gloriana Hunter (PFCA) discusses ways to advocate for the individual and for system change.

Facilitator Gloriana Hunter (PFCA) discusses ways to advocate for the individual and for system change.

 Kevin (PSA) and Hollie (TLCR) watch on as Gloriana (PFCA) play-acts with Angela (Crossroads Mission) in a skit about courtroom decorum.

Kevin (PSA) and Hollie (TLCR) watch on as Gloriana (PFCA) play-acts with Angela (Crossroads Mission) in a skit about courtroom decorum.

 Kim (TLCR) receives her certificate of completion from facilitator Gloriana (PFCA).

Kim (TLCR) receives her certificate of completion from facilitator Gloriana (PFCA).