The Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program (AFF) was established as a community substance abuse, prevention and treatment program by ARS 80881. The AFF program provides family-centered substance abuse and recovery 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 of and dependence on alcohol and other drugs, and to address other adverse conditions related to substance abuse. AzPaC contracts with the Department of Economic Security (DES), Division of Children, Youth, and Families to provide these services in Coconino, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties.
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.
Goals of the AFF program include
- Increase in timeliness, availability and accessibility of services
- Recovery from alcohol and drug problems
- Child safety and reduction of child abuse and neglect
- Permanency for children through family reunification when it is safe to do so
- Achievement of self-sufficiency through stable employment
For more information regarding the program in your area:
Northern Region (Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai Counties)
Catholic Charities Community Services
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. is evaluated annually by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CAPBH), Arizona State University.
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