The Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (AFF) program was established in 2000 as a community-based substance abuse, prevention and treatment program after SB1280 passed. The AFF program provides family-centered substance abuse and recovery and support services to parents or caregivers whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to maintaining or reunifying the family or achieving self-sufficiency.
The program provides an array of structured interventions to reduce or eliminate abuse or dependence on alcohol and other drugs, as well as to address other adverse conditions related to substance abuse. AFF emphasizes face-to- face outreach and engagement at the beginning of treatment, concrete supportive services, transportation, housing, and aftercare services to manage relapse occurrences. Service delivery incorporates essential elements based on family and community needs, such as culturally responsive services, gender-specific treatment, services for children, and motivational enhancement strategies to assist the entire family in its recovery.
AzPaC contracts with the Department of Child Safety to provide AFF services across Northern Arizona (Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai counties). For more information, please contact AzPaC/Catholic Charities at 928-774- 9125.