Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. 
Families In Recovery Succeeding Together

Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together) is a program that helps parents address substance abuse issues that are affecting their ability to adequately care for their children or to get and keep a job. This innovative, community-based approach is built on research, best practices and community involvement and has been implemented in collaboration with DES-contracted providers in the community and with the Department of Health Services. It provides the opportunity for families to overcome the barrier of substance abuse in order to reach the outcomes of permanency for children, family reunification and self-sufficiency.

Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. emphasizes face-to-face outreach and engagement, substance abuse treatment, concrete supportive services, including transportation, housing, etc., and aftercare services to prevent relapses. Random drug alcohol screenings are also conducted for participants throughout the AFF program. The service delivery model incorporates essential elements based on family and community needs, such as culturally responsive services, gender-specific treatment, services for children, and strategies to motivate and assist the entire family in its recovery.

 
Eligibility

Eligible participants include:

  • Any parent, guardian or custodian of a child who is named in a Department of Child Safety (DCS) report as a victim of abuse or neglect and whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to maintaining, preserving or reunifying the family.
  • A person whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to obtaining or maintaining employment if the person is receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance.
Applying For Services

  Only DCS or Jobs DES case managers can make referrals for eligible clients.  There are separate referral forms for DCS and Jobs case managers to utilize when referring clients.

 

Fees
There are no fees for participating in Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T.
Performance or Accomplishments
  • Within the first three quarters of 2011, more than 3,298 individuals received services from the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program. 
  • 82 percent of AFF clients indicated no drug use at all during their participation in the program, as verified by drug screening tests.
  • In 2011, 86 percent of Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. clients had no substantiated DCS reports of recurrent abuse or neglect after their enrollment in the program.
  • Children throughout the state whose parents engaged in Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. services were safely reunited with their parents at rates that exceeded state averages. Among children of Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. clients discharged from DES care, custody and control in 2011, 98 percent were safely reunified with parents or caregivers, with the median length of time in out-of-home placement at 171 days. 
Common Myths
 
Myth: Substance abuse treatment does not work. Myth: Anyone who needs substance abuse treatment services can be referred to the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program. Myth: If the DCS case is closed, then Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. treatment services cease.
Fact: Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. has demonstrated that substance abuse treatment does work. In fact, in 2011, more than 82 percent of clients who either completed their Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. treatment services or voluntarily terminated services demonstrated no drug use at all during their participation in the program, as verified by drug screening tests. Fact: Only individuals meeting the following two criteria can be referred to Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T.: (1) individuals who are identified as a parent, guardian or custodian in a DCP report where substance abuse is a barrier to maintaining the family together, or (2) a person whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to obtaining or maintaining employment if the person is receiving TANF cash assistance. Fact: The DCS case can be closed and the individual can still continue to receive Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. services through their treatment provider. 
 
More Information Contact

For more information about how to make a referral, call (602) 542-1248

 

 

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