End Stigma | Culturally-Specific Resources


Black, Indigenous, and People of Color face unique challenges when seeking help for mental health and addiction, leading to unfair health disparities that must be addressed.

In Pima County...

American Indian/Alaska Native individuals were 3.2x as likely to die of an overdose than White Non-Hispanic individuals.

Black/African American individuals were 1.7x as likely to die of an overdose than White Non-Hispanic individuals.

(Office of Vital Records, 2022)

Health Disparities: An unfair difference in health outcomes among socially disadvantaged people and communities.

 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities are disproportionately impacted by health disparities, including in substance use, both nationally and locally in Pima County. Being aware of the challenges faced by BIPOC individuals is critical to start addressing health disparities through education and advocacy. There are many factors that influence substance use health disparities in BIPOC Communities including:
  • – Stigma
  • – Racial biases and negative stereotypes
  • – Generational and historical trauma
  • – Lack of health insurance or economic instability
  • – Policies and laws that have weakened minority communities
  • – Disproportionate criminalization of drug and alcohol use in BIPOC communities
It is incredibly important to highlight the unique factors that contribute to stigma faced by BIPOC communities and to recognize the historical traumas that continue to impact the health and well-being of the peoples living today. Historical Trauma is the collective experience of emotional and psychological harm towards communities and their descendants. Horrific acts, such as forced relocation, slavery, genocide, Indian boarding schools, and racially biased anti-drug policies have created lasting impacts on BIPOC people in the United States, which all have increased the risk factors of substance use and mental health disorders.


  Racial and ethnic minority groups experience similar mental health conditions like white communities, but are far less likely to receive mental health and substance use treatment services. There are many reasons why BIPOC individuals may have more challenges when seeking help for mental health or substance use treatment services, including:
  • – Addiction and mental health issues are ignored or not addressed, because of cultural perception
  • – Feeling unheard and unseen by health care professionals
  • – Lack of cultural understanding by health care professionals
  • – Mistrust in healthcare or governmental facilities
  • – Cultural differences in how symptoms are discussed and presented
  • – Feeling shame or hopelessness from negative stereotypes about race, mental illness, and/or substance use
Now is the time to address health disparities in BIPOC communities. Whether you are talking with your family or loved ones about mental health and substance use or advocating for equitable drug policies, everyone can play a role to end stigma.



Having treatment that is culturally specific to you and your needs can make a difference on your recovery journey. Feeling heard and giving space to your experience can help you heal. Below are culturally specific substance use treatment services that are in Pima County that can be utilized. In general, substance use treatment services in Pima County are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion to make sure their services are culturally responsive based on the individual. 


You can find all treatment providers here: Click here to search for treatment providers! 


This list is to highlight specific substance use treatment programs that provide culturally specific programming to BIPOC communities: 

Agency Name

Services Provided

Contact Information

Amity Foundation: Circle Tree Ranch and Dragonfly Village

·         Residential Treatment

·         Case Management

·         Therapy

·         Supportive Housing

Circle Tree Ranch Website

Circle Tree Ranch: 1-800-381-3318

Dragonfly Village: 520-548-7183

The Haven – Native Ways Program

·         Women-Only

·         Residential Treatment

·         Intensive Outpatient Treatment

·         Transitional Housing

·         Case Management and Peer Support

·         Therapy

Native Ways Program Website

Residential: 520-623-4590

Indigenous Communities Outreach Coordinator: 520-833-0485

New Beginnings – Pascua Yaqui Tribe

·         Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (Suboxone, Methadone)

·         Intensive Outpatient Treatment

·         Case Management and Peer Support

·         Psychiatric Services

·         Therapy

·         Acu-detox

New Beginnings Clinic Website


Recovery in Motion

·         Residential Treatment

·         Intensive Outpatient Treatment

·         Case Management

·         Therapy

Recovery in Motion Website

Admissions: 866-418-1070


Tohono O’odham Division of Behavioral Health

·         Residential Treatment

·         Intensive Outpatient Treatment

·         Case Management

·         Therapy

·         Acupuncture

·         Youth Services

Tohono O’odham Website

Sells Office: 520-383-6165

San Xavier Office: 520-295-2570

Tucson Indian Center

·         Urban Indian Health Program Center

·         Case Management

·         Wellbriety Groups

Tucson Indian Center Website


Having culturally specific support services and organizations can help you connect with your communities. Having support and education from people who center your cultural experience can help guide you through recovery and overall wellbeing. This list highlights some of the culturally-specific services that provide support, education, and/or a community network that serve BIPOC communities.


Agency NameWebsiteContact Information
Amistades Inc.https://amistades.org/ 520-882-8886
Chicanos Por La Causahttps://cplc.org/ 520-882-0018
Coalition for African American Health & Wellnesshttp://caahw.orgN/A
The Dunbar Pavilionhttps://thedunbartucson.org/ 520-791-7795
Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona https://www.goodwillsouthernaz.org/ 520-623-5174
Iskashitaa Refugee Networkhttps://www.iskashitaa.org/  520-440-0100
Indigiwellbeing Programhttps://publichealth.arizona.edu/outreach/indigiwellbeing  N/A
Thriving Community Partnershttps://thethriving.org/  520-222-6650
Tucson Indian Centerhttps://www.ticenter.org/ 520-884-7131
Tucson Urban Leaguehttps://mytucsonurbanleague.org/ N/A

The Wellbriety Movement is a culturally based healing program specific to indigenous indviduals. Wellbriety goes beyond sobriety and recovery and extends to committing to a life of wellness and healing. It supports healing within the individual, families, and whole communities. The program concentrates on the whole person and focuses on healing spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically to reach personal awareness, balance, and growth. It incorporates the teachings of Native culture, such as the Medicine Wheel, 12 Steps and Cycle of Life, and incorporates it to everyday life. This cultural approach centers your identity, values, and cultural traditions to heal from the harms of substance use, intergenerational and current trauma.  


Addressing generational trauma, abuse, and shame unique to indigenous communities is often overlooked while in treatment. The Wellbriety Movement allows for a culturally based approach addressing the root emotions of anger, guilt, and shame to make room for healing. It is inclusive of all cultures and invites anyone who could benefit from this approach. There are various programs that incorporate Wellbriety Movement into substance use treatment, as well as Wellbriety Circles that you can join. 


Resources for Wellbriety Circles: 

White Bison


Wellbriety Movement Advocacy Office


Tucson Indian Center

160 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Weekly White Bison Wellbriety Circles

Thursdays: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Weekly Native Sisters in Recovery

Thursdays 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Click Here for TIC Sobriety Support Group Flyer

For more information, ask for a Wellness Case Manager at (520) 884 – 7131

White Bison: Circle of Healing

Every Friday 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM @ 7310 S Caballo Road


Contact 520-912-2026 or 520-309-8828 for more information


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is a federal agency that provides health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives regardless of health insurance coverage through facilities operated by the IHS, tribal entities, or Urban Indian Health Programs. In order to access IHS or tribally operated facilities, you must be in-person and present proof of your enrollment as a member of a federally recognized tribe. 

IHS is not health insurance. Health insurance will pay for health care covered by your plan, and may cover services that IHS does not provide such as: 

  • – Health specialists 
  • – Health care for covered services without IHS Purchase/Referred Care authorization 
  • – Health care when you are away from home 


You can use both IHS and other health insurance (Marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP), and have a choice if you want to continue your care at the Indian health clinic or get healthcare somewhere else. Having health insurance can expand your options for needed care if IHS is not able to provide certain services. 


These are the local Pima County Indian Health Service, Tribal or Urban Indian Health Program facilities available: 

Facility Name 


Phone Number 

Facility Type 

Behavioral Health Services? 

Tucson Indian Center 

160 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 


Urban Indian Health Program Center 


El Rio Yaqui 

839 W Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85745 


Health Center 


Pascua Yaqui Health Center 

7474 Camino de Oeste, Tucson, AZ 85757 


Health Center 


San Xavier Health Center & Dental Clinic 

7900 S J Stock Road, Tucson, AZ 85743 

Health Center: 520-295-2550 

Dental Clinic: 


Health Center & Dental Clinic 


Sells Hospital & Dental Clinic 

Hwy 86 & Topawa Road, Sells, AZ 85634 





Hospital & Dental Clinic 


San Simon Health Center 

W Hwy 86, MM 74, Sells, AZ 85634 


Health Center 


Santa Rosa Health Clinic 

Federal Route 15, MM 12, Santa Rosa, AZ 85634 

520-361-2261 or 520-383-5570 

Health Center 


here to learn more facts about IHS



American Indian Health Program (AIHP) is one of the Medicaid insurance plans through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) that provides coverage for medically necessary, preventative, and behavioral health services. The main difference from AIHP to other insurance plans through AHCCCS is the coverage of services at American Indian Health Facilities that are listed under the “Indian Health Services” section. If these facilities do not offer services that are needed, you are able to receive services from any AHCCCS-registered providers that accept AIHP.  


To find services, you can: 

  • – Call 1-800-334-5283 to find AHCCCS-registered providers that can accept AIHP 
  • – Call a provider/agency and ask if they are contracted with AIHP 


If you want services from a provider that does not accept AIHP, you have the right to switch plans from AIHP to one of the other AHCCCS managed care plans. You also have the right to switch back to AIHP. You can only switch plans once a year. To learn how to switch plans and for more information on AIHP, please visit
their website.


Please be aware of individuals promising sober living and residential facilities who are not licensed healthcare providers. Read the alert here: Click here to read the alert.  (en Español)