Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together- AFF) was established in 2000 as a partnership between the Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Department of Health Services (DHS). The AFF program helps parents address substance abuse issues that are affecting their ability to care appropriately for their children or to get and keep a job. 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. The goal of the program is to reduce or eliminate abuse of and dependence on alcohol and other drugs and to address other adverse conditions related to substance abuse.
DES contracts directly with three providers to deliver these services in concert with the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).
For more information, please contact the Statewide Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Coordinators.
To learn more about the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program click on to the links below:
- Program Description and eligibility
AFF is a specialized substance abuse program for adult parent/caretakers reported to DCS or participants in the DES Jobs program. A program description is contained in the AFF brochure.
- Contracted Provider Information
There are 3 AFF providers who provide services statewide except on tribal reservations. To initiate services in any part of the state, the DCS or DES Jobs case manager can fax the referral information directly to the provider serving the area where their client resides.
- Senate Bill 1280
Senate Bill 1280 created the Substance Abuse Treatment Fund Partnership. The partnership between the Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) has been instrumental in coordinating the provision of services to parents, guardians or custodians whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to maintaining, preserving or reunifying the family and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) whose substance abuse is a significant barrier to maintaining or obtaining employment.
- Evaluation Report