Centerpoint for Hope Celebration to mark first year anniversary of successful program of Crisis Response Network with speakers including Representative Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives

November 12, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Phoenix, Arizona, [November 12, 2019] – Centerpoint for Hope, a program of  Crisis Response Network, will mark its first year anniversary with the Centerpoint  for Hope Celebration event 7:30-9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at  Warehouse 215@Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. in Phoenix. 

Speakers will include Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Rusty  Bowers. Other state leaders confirmed to attend include State Senate Minority  Leader David Bradley and Senators Lela Alston and Andrea Dalessandro, House  Minority Whip Reginald Bolding, Jr., and Representatives Jay Lawrence and  Aaron Lieberman. 

Following a brief program and a complimentary breakfast, attendees and the  media are invited to tour the Centerpoint for Hope Tragedy Response Vehicle  (TRV) which is a customized mobile coordination center (for first responders or  others) that features satellite connection, Wi-Fi internet hotspot, cell phone and  computer charging stations, private meeting areas and more. With an onboard  generator, the TRV can operate for 72 hours without additional support to serve as  a vessel of care to allow behavioral health services, resource navigation, or basic  public health functions to be facilitated anywhere. 

Centerpoint is a non-profit organization dedicated to working in partnership with  first responders, local communities, government and health service providers to  support disaster readiness, response and recovery services to communities. 

A current example of service is the Mobilize AZ project, sponsored by Blue Cross  Blue Shield of Arizona, which offers free mobile outreach clinics staged across the  state to provide health testing, connections to local community resources, and free  naloxone in response to the opioid crisis. The goal is to meet individual needs,  reducing overdoses and increasing access to care for positive health outcomes.

In addition, following a successful pilot program, a partnership was established  with the Phoenix Police Department to provide the TRV as a mobile vessel for  officer support at officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents affecting  the community. 

“Centerpoint for Hope has been a wonderful addition to the continuum of health  care services offered by Crisis Response Network and we are thrilled that it has  been so successful in its first year of operation. Our plans are to grow the program  throughout Arizona and beyond,” said Justin Chase, President and CEO of Crisis  Response Network. 

Centerpoint for Hope has staff trained in emergency management and the TRV is  on-call for statewide deployment which can be coordinated through Volunteer  Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Community Organizations Active in  Disaster (COAD), state and county emergency management, and public safety  agencies. Centerpoint can also be contacted directly. 

Centerpoint for Hope also is available for other organizations to utilize and  contract for on-call capabilities for their own incident response plans and other  “blue sky” (non-emergency) projects such as employee assistance and wellness  programs, organizational trainings, as a mobile command post, etc. 

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