Matthew Pate, LMSW
NAMI Southern Arizona Board Member
Matt Pate, LMSW, is a Licensed Social Worker with professional experience in the fields of mental health, substance use and housing. In his current position with the Pima County Administrator’s Criminal Justice Reform Unit, he serves as the Program Manager for the Housing First, Permanent Supportive Housing Pilot Project.This project aims to provide permanent supportive housing to persons experiencing a mental health and/or substance use condition with multiple jail bookings in the previous 12 months. In his previous position with the City of Tucson’s Ward 5 Council Office, he collaborated in the creation and implementation of the Tucson Homeless Coalition, Tucson Homeless Work Program, and Tucson Change Movement, which were recognized at the 13th Annual Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards Ceremony. Matt has worked in community behavioral health and has experience in case management, title-36 care coordination, housing program administration, program management and social security applications/appeals.
Matt has served on the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Community Collaborative, working to reduce the jail bed census and improve care for persons experiencing mental health issues. He is a current board member for the National Alliance on Mental illness of Southern Arizona. In 2017, Matt received the “40 Under 40” award presented by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and his accomplishments in the field of social work have also been recognized through the receipt of the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, FBI Community Service Award, and LULAC Silver Award. Matt received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Policy, Administration and Community Development from Arizona State University.