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Phoenix Community Court Creates Alternative Legal Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2999City Manager1/27/2024 1:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/2ObGlNMcQDY?si=avoF_HOLkFge4MFKPhoenix Community Court Creates Alternative Legal Solutions for People Experiencing Homelessness <div class="ExternalClassE96983AC9EEC4D0FB7DF34E514178081"><html> <p>​<span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix is proud to announce its new Community Court, which will </span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">provide long-term solutions and services for people experiencing homelessness as an alternative path to the traditional criminal justice system.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Community Court will provide individuals experiencing homelessness who are accused of misdemeanor offenses the opportunity to connect with resources and establish stable housing through a customized plan. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“Rather than perpetuate a cyclical approach of an unsheltered individuals’ involvement in the criminal justice system due to misdemeanor offenses, the Community Court will enable us to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives and ultimately end their homelessness,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I am very excited to celebrate the successes from the program soon, and want to thank Councilwoman O’Brien for her leadership on this, as well as the City of Phoenix Office of Homeless Solutions, City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Community Bridges, Inc. for their work to make this program possible.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“After a year of working directly with staff to craft the Community Court program, I am thrilled to see it officially open and being used as a new avenue to help connect people to the services they need to lift themselves out of homelessness,” said Councilwoman Ann O’Brien. “This new court will give the opportunity for homeless offenders to choose to accept services and work towards success or follow the path of the traditional justice system. We can hold people accountable and be compassionate. This court does that.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">"Those experiencing homelessness often struggle through the traditional justice system and have limited opportunities for crucial services," said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. "That is where the Phoenix Community Court comes in. This specialty court is based on best practices throughout the country and will be a sign of hope for folks experiencing homelessness".</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Community Court is a joint effort between several City departments including, the Municipal Court, Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and the Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS), along with nonprofit Community Bridges, Inc. After an individual is cited or arrested, the Prosecutor’s Office will determine if they are qualified to participate in Community Court, based on their criminal history and the charges they are facing. Individuals charged with felonies or other violent crimes will not be eligible.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Community Court participants will be assigned a caseworker who will assist them through their court process. The navigators will develop an individualized plan for each client, which will identify personal goals to help them get on the path to ending their homelessness. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“The Office of Homeless Solutions is continuously working on innovative approaches to address homelessness in our community. This Community Court partnership is just one example of these efforts,” said Scott Hall, Deputy Director of the Office of Homeless Solutions. “This program gives people direct access to vital resources as we continue our commitment to increasing shelter and affordable housing while also developing strategic solutions to prevent homelessness.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“Community Bridges is honored to partner with the City of Phoenix on the development of the Community Court model,” said John Hogeboom, President and CEO of Community Bridges,</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Inc. “We believe that a partnership between justice, government, behavioral health, and other key stakeholders is key to resolving community issues that impact us all.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Participants who successfully complete their individualized plans will graduate from Community Court with their charges resolved or reduced. If an offender does not complete their plan, their case will return to regular court proceedings. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“Our goal in all cases is to achieve outcomes that rehabilitate instead of debilitate,” said James Sampanes, City Prosecutor. “For those who opt in to Community Court, the key to success will be putting in the work and taking meaningful steps to change their lives. If they choose not to participate, they will face criminal consequences based on the crime and their criminal history, just like anyone else would.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“I see Community Court as an opportunity for clients in need of services to escape the grueling cycle of homelessness,” said David Ward, Director of the Public Defender’s Office. "By providing supportive services such as navigation, counseling, workforce development, and housing, in exchange for more favorable case resolutions, we are setting clients up for success.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <a href="/courtsite/Pages/specialtyindex.aspx" target="_blank">Phoenix Specialty Courts Website​</a> <br> </p> <p> <a href="/solutions" target="_blank">Office of Homeless Solutions Website​</a> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerVideocity-managerCity Manager#PHXSolutionsCommunity Court, Homelessness, Homeless Solutions, Prosecutor's Office, Public Defender, Municipal CourtKristin Couturier602-568-8126kristin.couturier@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/49/Kristin_Courtier.jpgPHXCityManager

 

 

Phoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3142Community and Economic Development6/22/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3142/Newsroom_CED_036.jpgPhoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employers<div class="ExternalClass2C1792C7C3394576B2F2731018821C25"><html> <p> <strong>​Phoenix, AZ</strong>—The City of Phoenix Mobile Career Unit (MCU), recently hosted a successful event at UMOM, drawing over 150 job seekers and resulting in 65 on-the-spot job offers. Held on Wednesday, June 12, the MCU event saw a high turnout as community members explored job opportunities and connected with employers.  </p> <p>The event featured top employers such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Food City, and Bashas, actively seeking to fill vacant positions within their companies. Attendees had the chance to network and apply for various job openings in the food industry.</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also expressed her excitement about the turnout and its positive impact on the local community. "I am thrilled to see so many job seekers taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential employers. This event is a great example of how our city is working on many fronts to support upward economic mobility and connect residents with meaningful employment opportunities," said Mayor Gallego. </p> <p>At the start of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department's Business and Workforce Division's program, the goal was to achieve 208 job offers by June 2025. As of Wednesday, the team has surpassed the program goal with 211 job offers, with another year remaining to serve the community.</p> <p>The MCU, a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, is a part of the City of Phoenix's workforce development efforts to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. The unit travels around the city, bringing job opportunities directly to communities that may face barriers to accessing employment resources.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to helping individuals find meaningful employment and supporting our local businesses by connecting them with qualified candidates," said LaSetta Hogans, Deputy Director of the Business and Workforce Development Division for the City of Phoenix. "This event was a great success, and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future." </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department encourages employers with workforce needs and individuals seeking employment or career advancement to take advantage of their services and attend upcoming events. For more information on upcoming events and resources available, please visit phoenix.gov/mayor/mcu.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">###</p> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> <br>Athena Sanchez <br>City of Phoenix <br>Community and Economic Development <br>Call/text: 602-621-0507<br>Email: <a href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Toolhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3140Fire6/20/2024 8:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3140/BK3A9673-Enhanced-NR.jpghttps://youtu.be/V_6ygBrd5GwPhoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Tool<div class="ExternalClassC7629A4172BB4CAEAC249852214AD7CD"><html> <p>​​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This summer, the Phoenix Fire Department has introduced a new and innovative approach to treating heat victims: Cold Water Immersion. These specialized ice bags are being used to rapidly cool down individuals suffering from extreme heat-related illnesses, offering a quick and effective method to manage the often-dangerous effects of extreme heat.</span></p> <p>The cold-water immersion is used when a patient's temperature surpasses 104 degrees and they present with altered mental status. Once the patient is fully immersed in the ice, firefighter-paramedics constantly reevaluate vital signs including their temperature. The patient is removed from the bag when their temperature drops to 101 degrees. </p> <p>Since May 1st, every response vehicle within the Phoenix Fire Department has been outfitted with the equipment and necessary tools to integrate this method into standard protocol for dealing with heat-related emergencies. Training for the proper application and monitoring of this method has been provided to ensure effectiveness and safety to all 1,800 Phoenix Firefighters.</p> <p>At the beginning of May, one bag a week was used on average. Now nearing the end of June, the bags are used roughly three times a day. </p> <p>“This is a collaborative effort," Captain Rob McDade added. “We've worked with local E.R.'s, local doctors, our own medical director, our EMS department – we looked at how can we help those that we serve having critical heat emergencies?"</p> <p>As the excessive heat becomes more frequent and intense, this simple yet effective measure plays a crucial role in saving lives and enhancing emergency response capabilities. </p> <p>And the impact has already been seen. </p> <p>Battalion Chief Austin Moreland works within the Emergency Medical Services section and helped deploy this new program and training. He said, “We've already seen people who were extremely hot this year, who last year they might not have made it – and because of these efforts this year, they're leaving the hospital with no deficits."​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo

 

 

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