Court advocates provide assistance with protective orders, court accompaniment, resources and referrals to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The court advocates are bilingual in Spanish and English. Walk-ins welcome, appointments encouraged. Family Violence Prevention Center, NE Region, Phoenix (602) 372-7605; Glendale City Court (623) 930-2004
Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous twelve step, twelve tradition programs of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. We meet with each other in a respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present and how we can improve our lives today. Go to the website and find the support group closest to you!
The American Chronic Pain Association offers peer support and education in pain management skills to individuals in chronic pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools provided can help participants better understand their pain and work more effectively with a health care team toward a higher quality of life. They have a program designed for veterans as well.
Ensures that no financially-stressed wounded warrior, veteran, or his/her adversely- affected family member(s) is denied the ability to access any of the following: distant, specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; counseling; rehabilitation; service dog acquisition, or any program that promotes healing and restoration for reintegration into a productive life. ACV is committed to the ongoing healing process of our injured service men and women and will provide free transportation for activities that aid in that process as long as there is a need.
Home-delivered meals and senior community meals for homebound seniors and temporarily disabled individuals. There is usually a waiting list. The program is offered for a temporary amount of time.
AZA United provides a wide range of direct services for individuals with autism and their families, both in-home and clinic-based. Services include speech therapy, behavioral intervention, habilitation, respite care, social development groups, parent training, and school supports. Cost varies depending on services. Many are government funded; others accept private insurance. Some programs are free, or scholarships may be available.
Connects people who are survivors of family violence, families impacted by child abuse and individuals who have been sexually abused/assaulted to counseling resources. Call (928) 458-0117 to find a Family Advocacy Center near you.
Helps low-income households pay heating and cooling bills. LIHEAP also helps minimize crises and make energy costs more affordable. Eligible customers can get help in 3 ways: help paying current and past due energy bills, help with utility deposits and help providing energy efficient measures to reduce energy costs. Persons must fall within program guidelines; making up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Persons 60 years or older, who are disabled or who have a child under the age of 6 in the household are awarded "bonus points." Call for more eligibility information, and keep trying - phone lines may be very busy.
National program that provides people who meet income guidelines with money to buy food. Applications can be completed online or call the Health-E-Arizona Call Center for help at (602) 542-9935.
Arizona Adult Education provides comprehensive literacy services to learners 16 years of age and older who are not enrolled in a K-12 school. It offers access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training and higher education aspirations. By assisting adult learners to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in society, we create an exceptional future for Arizona, where citizens realize their potential, businesses benefit and communities thrive.
There are numerous Sliding Fee Schedule (SFS) clinics throughout Arizona that provide free or low cost primary, mental, and dental health services to persons without health insurance. Click on the website and type your zip code in the upper right area of the map to find the closest clinic to you.
Support services to survivors of domestic violence in the South Asian community (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). We offer support in a culturally sensitive environment and counseling in several South Asian languages, advocacy, referrals, limited financial assistance, accompaniment, and transportation of survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children to domestic violence shelters, police stations, hospitals, therapists, medical appointments, legal appointments and courts. LEAVE A MESSAGE (it is safe) AND A VOLUNTEER WILL CALL YOU BACK WITHIN 24 HOURS.
The program provides free legal representation to victims in state or federal criminal cases who wish to assert their rights as victims. Lawyers, social workers, and student interns provide necessary legal advocacy and social service support throughout the criminal justice process that includes victim advocacy, crisis intervention and resource referrals. Anyone can apply to the program. The agency conducts a comprehensive intake process to determine eligibility.
The Own It Financial Education Program is a four-week program that gives women and their families the skills and tools to own their financial future. The Own It program is taught by financial professional volunteers in both English and Spanish and covers topics such as saving for the future, budgeting, using credit wisely and managing a bank account.
Offers a person who cares for the children of friends and family a 14-week program that addresses the following: quality childcare, safety issues in the home, language and literacy, guidance and discipline, brain development, parent/caregiver relationships, nutrition, child passenger safety, daily schedule planning and CPR and First Aid certification. Transportation and on-site child care are offered.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses participating family child care home providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.
The Niños en Mi Casa (Children in My Home) Program provides assistance to individuals interested in starting a child care business in their home and becoming certified by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The Niños en Mi Casa Program recruits, trains, and offers technical and financial assistance to low to moderate income level individuals to start a child care business in their home and complete state certification.
Phone Friend is a free, bilingual after-school “warm line” and chat service that children may use if they are bored, lonely, afraid, or need help with homework or just want to talk. Staff and trained volunteers answer hundreds of calls each month from children ages 5 to 18 who just need a little extra support or to converse with a safe, nurturing person. Phone Friend Safety Training teaches children in K-6th grade personal and home alone safety skills. Volunteer opportunities are available.
This website is a work of several legal aid providers in Arizona. The website offers information on a variety of legal topics. You can submit questions online, find lawyer referral information, and locate many forms needed for common legal issues.
Receive immediate assistance on poison-related questions or a poison emergency. ** Link to website: https://www.bannerhealth.com/staying-well/safety/poison-prevention
Bosom Buddies of Arizona is a group caring persons with personal experience dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. Our mission is to provide support through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge. Bosom Buddies has monthly breast cancer support groups.
Bosom Buddies of Arizona is a group of caring persons with personal experience dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. Our mission is to provide support through the sharing of common experiences and knowledge. Bosom Buddies has monthly breast cancer support groups.
Food co-op that offers a large produce basket every other week for $15 that is worth $50. Organic baskets cost $25. Pick baskets up on Saturday mornings at over fifty different Valley locations. Pay online (Monday 12:00 PM-Tuesday 10:00 PM) prior to picking produce up on Saturday morning. Debit cards, VISA, and MasterCard are accepted.
There are three home repair programs offered to City of Phoenix low-income residents: 1. The Emergency Home Repair Program repairs serious health and safety issues in the home that affect living conditions; 2. The Hardship Assistance Program corrects some exterior code violations such as seriously damaged roofs, driveways, and chipping/peeling exterior paint; 3. The Weatherization Assistance Program provides energy efficiency home improvements like insulation and duct sealing. There is a waiting list currently, and preference is given to households with emergencies. Go to the website to complete the application. Mail or hand-deliver your completed application to: Neighborhood Services Department, 200 W. Washington St., 4th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
This organization provides information about Cocaine Anonymous groups nationwide and self-help for addiction to cocaine. Please check website for meeting times and places near you.
Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.
Trained crisis intervention specialists are available around the clock, every day of the year, to help over the phone. The Crisis Line is confidential and is open to anyone who needs help. Our experienced, professionally trained Crisis Specialist are ready to respond 24/7/365 to whatever crisis an individual is facing.
The Warm Line is a telephone service that is staffed by peers who have, themselves, dealt with behavioral health issues. Open from Monday - Friday from 12pm until 12am, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm - 12am
ASU offers tours of the trail of Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve and the Museum. Self-guided tours are available. Day camp during the summer for children 8-11 years of age. 20 places - you have to register in advance.
Project Head Start is a preschool program for children from the age of 3 to the age of school attendance from low-income families. The program focuses on the social, emotional, psychological, health, and nutritional needs of the children and their families. Child developmental services are provided to pregnant women, children and their families. Locations for the programs can be found on the website.
The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign that encourages help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Realwarriors.net has a variety of support resources including a live chat feature, message boards and informational articles. The campaign features stories of real service members who reached out for support or care for psychological health concerns with successful outcomes.
This program gives arts and theatrical education and performance opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities who have aged out of school (usually after the age of 22), persons with autism, and the blind and the deaf. Participants must have a true interest in theatre and attend all rehearsals.
Transportation for ADA certified individuals. Service area is limited and hours of operation vary. Contact the service provider or visit www.valleymetro.org for details. Advance reservations are required.
The Early Childhood Oral Health Program has regularly scheduled calendar dates in East Valley locations. Our team provides FREE oral health screening, fluoride varnish treatments, and dental education for all children birth through 5 years of age. No appointments are necessary. It would be our pleasure to see your child at one of these community locations. Please call clinic to check dates and time available.
St. Joseph's Maternity Outreach Mobile Unit (MOMobile) provides maternity care, including prenatal care, and health education to women within Arizona Communities with uncomplicated pregnancies. Pregnancy tests, referrals, and education is offered and exam rooms, ultrasound machines, fetal monitors, and a laboratory are available in the traveling clinic. The MOMobile travels to various communities Monday-Thursday. Their detailed schedule is available on their website.
Caregiver Services: support and resources for those caring for aging persons; Volunteer Services: offers a variety of services to homebound adults such as grocery shopping, friendly visits and transportation to medical appointments; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Services: offers a variety of support, workshops, respite, and family outings for grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising; Congregational Health Services; helps congregants and Faith Community Nurses develop and maintain health programs.
Services provided to individuals who are unable to drive due to disability or age and living independently in the areas served (Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, and Scottsdale). DUET is able to help with basic needs like grocery shopping and rides to doctor appointments. Volunteers provide these services free-of-charge.
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.
Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Our program has been known to work miracles in the lives of many who suffer from problems as diverse as depression, anger, broken or strained relationships, grief, anxiety, low self-esteem, panic, abnormal fears, resentment, jealousy, guilt, despair, fatigue, tension, boredom, loneliness, withdrawal, obsessive and negative thinking, worry, compulsive behavior and a variety of other emotional issues.
Administers the "Hero Miles" program in partnership with the Department of Defense. The program is comprised of individual airlines whose passengers donate their frequent flyer miles to assist service members and their families. Specifically, Fisher House Foundation provides free airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill military men and women who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center and to attend authorized events. FHF also administers the "Hotels for Heroes" program which follows the same guidelines as Hero Miles. All requests for a hotel room are verified by an authorized government official.
Future Stars works with youth living in situations that might prevent them from attending college. Youth interested in attending college or athletics programs learn about information technology, study skills, and how to apply for scholarships/financial aid/admission to college. We also provide Hands On STEM, exposing youth to science, technology, engineering and math with a little bit of arts.
Gay and straight community college students are welcome to this alliance that works toward the promotion of acceptance and equal rights in the LGBT community.
Youth network that connects student volunteers to Valley schools in order to work toward prevention of bullying and bias. Opportunities include days of action, leadership training, activist workshops, monthly meetings, public service opportunities, community events and art activism.
Goodwill Career Centers offer no-cost services to help you find a job. On-site career advisors are available to provide guidance and coaching, and assist with job leads and job searching. Professional development opportunities such as mock interviews, workshops, and resume writing are also available. Hiring events are held regularly. Centers are equipped with computers, printers, Internet access, telephones, and fax machines. Contact 602-535-4444 for hours and Valleywide locations near you. Se habla español.
Thrift stores across the Valley that sell discounted clothing, books, and household items, including furniture. 50% off all store items every other Saturday. 25% off all items for military/students (with military/student IDs) on Sundays; 25% off all items for seniors (with senior IDs) on Tuesdays.
Graduation Solutions is a state-funded Dropout Recovery program that works with students ages 16 to 21 who are not currently attending high school and wish to achieve their high school diploma. Classes are flexible, self-paced, available 24/7, and tailored to meet your graduation requirements. Teachers and mentors are available throughout the program, and we have lab spaces where you can come to work as well. Visit our website at www.iwantmydiploma.com for more information.
We are a tuition-based private school that exists to help students complete their high school education and graduate, regardless of their age! We believe all students deserve a high quality education regardless of their age, financial situation, nationality, ethnicity, or previous school experience. Our program is an online model - Classes are flexible, self-paced, available 24/7, and tailored to meet your graduation requirements.. We are here to help you complete your high school education and graduate with an accredited diploma. Visit our website at www.smartschoolsusa.com for more information. If you would like to do your online classes at a location or don't have a computer, you can go to our computer lab located at 3031 W. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Need help with your health insurance application? Have questions about KidsCare or AHCCCS options? Cover Arizona can help you find local help by entering your zip code; you can also make an appointment with an agency to assist you.
Hotline provides information to veterans seeking answers to housing questions.
Keogh staff will assist you one-to-one for enrolling/renewals for Marketplace, KidsCare, AHCCCS, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and TANF. Free appointments include assistance with paperwork and answering any questions about the application. The appointment scheduling line is (602) 266-0397. Call to schedule an appointment in your area. Keogh has meeting locations all over the Valley.
We provide a comprehensive group of services to victims of sexual or domestic violence and their loved ones, including 24/7 face-to-face crisis counseling, and follow-up through mobile crisis teams, as well as crisis hotline counseling and information-referral through our 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline. In addition, licensed therapists provide individual and group therapy and trained case managers/advocates provide personal advocacy. Services are available in-office in Tempe or Glendale, and in-home throughout Maricopa County. Call for more information.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is a support program for those whose common bond is the loss of a loved one to suicide. The program allows members to have the emotional support of others who have also experienced the trauma of suicide. Here they focus on emotional healing.
Provides phone and in-home crisis counseling services, all types of counseling for persons on AHCCCS. There is a trauma healing program for survivors of sexual abuse open to all who don't have insurance, but there is a waiting list usually of several months. Call ASAP to be added to the list. General Information-(480) 784-1514 Crisis Line- (480) 784-1500 (24hs) Trauma Healing Program- (480) 736-4949
All volunteer-run organization that offers "mother-to-mother" education and support to women who decide to breastfeed. They have support groups all over the Valley and a Valley helpline (602) 234-1956. Call to find the location of a group near you or go online.
Offers information and legal help to seniors in Maricopa County. Volunteer pro-bono lawyers and trained advocates help clients with legal issues such as government benefits, consumer affairs, wills, probates and guardianship. Call every Wednesday between 1pm- 4:30pm to submit legal request. Walk-ins aren't accepted.
Life Skills Institute provides classes for people of all ages. We offer the following programs & classes: helping kids, anger management, parenting, thinking for a change, domestic violence, relationship building and many more. This is a faith-based organization so we also offer Christian based classes and counselling.
LIGHT Charities works with the medical community to assist in the coordination of and subsidizes medical treatment for individuals (especially children) in families who do not have the means to pay for the medical needs.
Luminaria serves elders and persons with disabilities the following services in order for them to remain independent and living at home: Bathing, dressing, and grooming; Companionship; Comprehensive care plan; Family respite; Grocery shopping and errands; Light housekeeping and laundry; Meal preparation; Medication reminders; Transportation to appointments.
Marc's Information and Referral program helps individuals navigate through the often confusing world of the Arizona mental health system, locating the people and organizations best able to assist the individual. These services are offered to the public. This includes those living with mental illness, family members, friends and professionals.
Call to speak with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) about questions related to healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness. Registered dietitian nutritionists also partner with community groups and provide nutrition, physical education and assistance in various community settings.
Registered nurses who are specially trained to provide consultation and trainings to child care centers in health and safety. This program helps to improve quality in health and safety practices and prevents disease in the child care centers
Maricopa County’s Dental Sealant Program provides dental screenings, sealants, education, and referrals to 2nd and 6th grade children attending schools where at least 50% of the students participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. These services are free for the school and for the students. Interested schools can call to check their eligibility and get additional information by contacting Dalila Guerrero, Dental Sealant Program Coordinator. (602) 506-6946 or email DalilaGuerrero@mail.maricopa.gov.
For Disease reporting only – in the Phoenix Area and Maricopa County. The office at 4041 N. Central is not a clinic, and does not provide diagnosis or medical treatment. Call to report cases of HIV/AIDS, other STD's, tuberculosis and animal bites, as well as other communicable diseases. Call the phone number listed next to the area of concern to report diseases or outbreaks. HIV/AIDS – (602) 506-2934; STD Reporting – (602) 506-1678; TB Reporting – (602) 506-8282; Animal Bites: (602) 506-7387; Other Diseases and Outbreak Reports – (602) 506-6767.
The Maricopa Healthy Mobile App is a free mobile app that is your guide to local parks, bicycle routes, physical activity, and Farmers’ Markets. Market information identifies sites that accept SNAP, EBT, WIC, FMNP, and SFMNP benefits. The app focuses on free and low cost options to being active and eating healthy. It is available at both the Apple Store and Google Play. Please visit our website for download links.
Offers support to families of fragile infants that have been in the neonatal intensive care unit for greater than five days. A community health nurse provides in home visiting to support the family with the transition from hospital to home. The nurse can visit until the child is three providing health and developmental education, assessment and instruction.
A program for women who are having their first baby and live in Phoenix, the East Valley. or West Valley. A nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and until your child is 2 years of age. You will work together to have a healthy pregnancy and child, become a better parent, make your home a safe place, get referrals to support services and set goals for your future. Call for more information.
The Office of Nutrition & Physical Activity serves Maricopa County residents through various nutrition programs. Our team is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all ages and aims to provide the public with the most up-to-date, evidence-based information. From services to resources, we continue to support the common goal to improving human health by way of nutrition.
Maricopa County’s Office of Oral Health administers a Tobacco Use Prevention Program that trains dental providers in Maricopa County in how to detect oral signs of tobacco use and the critical role dental professionals can play. The purpose of these classes is to equip dental workers with consistent and evidence-based strategies for effectively intervening with their tobacco-using patients. The classes help providers improve their ability and capacity to incorporate these strategies into their practice setting. To receive FREE help quitting tobacco contact the Arizona Smokers Helpline at 1-800-556-6222. To request free training to learn more about the role you can play in helping patients live longer through a tobacco-free life, or to get details on the next Smokeless Tobacco Coalition meeting, contact the program coordinator: Carolyn Holman, R.D.H. at 602-506-6893 or CarolynHolman@mail.maricopa.gov.
A dental insurance program for residents of Maricopa and Pinal County who are living with HIV/AIDS and have an income that is 400% or less of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Accidental injury is a leading cause of death in children 14 and under. The Safe Kids Coalition Maricopa County (SKMC) aims to prevent accidental childhood injury. We offer education and resources through our coalition partners in the various cities of Maricopa County. We have free community events and often times have free safety resources such as: bike helmets, car seats, water watcher resources, and access to modern smoke alarms.
Schools are offered programs focusing on enhancing the safety of children walking to school and encouraging more children to walk/ride to school. Events Include: Safety Nights, Walking School Buses, Bike Trains, and Bike Rodeo.
Parents are encouraged to call the Maricopa County Early Education Division in order to find nearby Head Start, Early Head Start, and other educational support programs for their 0-5 children. The program supports children in achieving school readiness through Head Start (HS), Early Head Start (EHS) and Child Care Partnerships. We serve pregnant women and children from birth to school entry through home visits or in early childhood centers throughout Maricopa County*, excluding the City of Phoenix. Comprehensive services include child and parent education, developmental screening and assessment, child health and nutrition, and support for children with disabilities. *HS/EHS offered in the East Valley only.
The Maricopa County Community Services Division administers a mortgage assistance program for residents of Maricopa County, outside of the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, and Glendale. The cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale have similar programs and provide services to the residents in their communities. Eligible residents of Maricopa County may receive assistance with a one month portion mortgage payment to prevent foreclosure. Please call for more information.
For a $10 donation you get 60 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables that are grocery store quality which you are encouraged to share with people whom you know are in need. For events in Tucson and Phoenix, please access their website at www.3000club.org, look for “MOM by County” and click on MARICOPA for the county that you live in. Locations are open from 8-11AM or until supplies last- whichever comes first. Market on the Move also sends medical supplies to countries in need such as the Haiti. Volunteers are needed on a continuing basis to help find, sort, and repack. The shifts are flexible, and volunteers are always needed!
Thousands of organized special interest groups (hiking, cooking, volunteer, sports) for individuals and families. This is a for-profit resource, though profits are earned from fees to the club to use the site.
Social group for gay male interracial singles and couples. The group has many social activities in a supportive and safe environment.
Provides and manages several apartment complexes for people with disabilities, low-income individuals, families, and seniors in Avondale, El Mirage, Phoenix, Tolleson, Gilbert and other Valley locations. The website lists all available properties. Call the property to apply and a Mercy representative will help in the application process. Note that many properties have a long waiting list.
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, known as Mercy Maricopa, provides integrated – behavioral and physical health care – for people who have been determined to have a serious mental illness (SMI). We also administer services for Medicaid-eligible children, youth and adults who have general mental health and substance abuse issues, children and youth. We work with peer and family-run organizations, and medical and behavioral health care professionals to make sure our members receive the care they need, when and where they need it. Our community providers offer crisis services, psychiatric evaluations and follow-up appointments, case management, counseling, support groups, peer support, employment support and other services aimed at helping members meet their recovery goals.
Free mobile clinic offering primary medical care services to the uninsured. Open every Wednesday. Call Tuesdays from 1 PM-6 PM or Thursdays from 9 AM-2 PM to make an appointment.
Grief groups for bereaved parents, children, grandparents, hospice workers, parents of infants who died as a result of SIDS, congenital defects, accident, etc.
This agency provides education programs and support groups for families and individuals living with a mental illness. The classes and support groups are offered Valleywide. The Family to Family program is a 12 week course for family/friends/loved one of individuals with a mental illness. The class meets 1 day a week for 2 ½ hours and covers information on the major illnesses, treatment and medications, self-care, communication and problem solving workshops, and resources for obtaining services. NAMI Basics is a class for parents of school aged children with a diagnosed mental illness, and follows a similar format of the Family to Family education program. The Connections Support Group is for those individuals living with a mental illness. This organization does not provide personal advocates, however they can provide you with information and referral resources for additional assistance with locating services and support. All of the programs and groups are open to the public at no charge. Families can find a group near you at the following link: http://namivalleyofthesun.org/family-support/ Persons living with a mental illness can find groups at: http://namivalleyofthesun.org/peer-support/
This organization provides assistance to single adult women and women with children who have experienced co-occurring issues (domestic violence or sexual abuse and substance abuse issues). Locations are in the East Valley. Housing depends on income and goes up to $115 per week. Call 602-369-7792 for shelter/housing. For free support groups and Domestic or Sexual Abuse Advocacy call 602-373-9747.
Anyone is welcome in our club regardless of experience, out of all our players, 90% are refugee kids from as many as 15 different countries.
The Crews’n Healthmobile Program’s mobile medical units and fixed site clinics operate Monday through Friday at numerous sites across the Valley. The Program’s team of doctors and staff provide free, comprehensive primary and preventative health care to youth ages 0-24 who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The mobile medical units travel to various sites across Phoenix. Our mission is committed to providing hope and holistic healthcare with respect and heart to homeless and at-risk youth. For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit us at http://www.crewsnhealthmobile.com or call us at (602) 933-9339.
Therapeutic art groups are provided for adults and children with behavioral health challenges to promote the healing power of creativity and self-expression. Participants readily admit that creating art helps reduce stress and the intensity of psychiatric symptoms. Studios provide opportunities to explore and participate in visual arts, poetry, music, movement, drama, pre-job training, socialization and education.