The Office of Prevention and Family Support's Behavioral Health Services unit assists the Department in achieving safety, well-being and permanency for children. They collaborate with Arizona stakeholders to fulfill the Arizona Vision for behavioral health services:
- Achieve success in school
- Live with their families
- Avoid delinquency
- Become stable and productive adults
Children in the foster care system access and receive the same behavioral health benefits as children in Arizona's Medicaid system called AHCCCS. Children receive services through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHA) based on the child's location. The OPFS Behavioral Health Services unit provides guidance and technical assistance to DCS for behavioral health services for children and families. It also assists in the handling of grievances and appeals regarding behavioral health.
For more information, please contact the Statewide Behavioral Health and Appeals Coordinator.
To learn more about the Behavioral Health Services click on to the links below:
- Division of Behavioral Health Services- Children's Services
Arizona's behavioral health services for children
- Arizona Children's Executive Committee (ACEC)
In 2002, the child-serving agencies of Arizona signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) calling for the formation of the Arizona Children’s Executive Committee (ACEC). The signers of the MOU include: the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, the Arizona Department of Education and the Administration of the Courts.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
ACEC brings together multiple state and government agencies, community advocacy organizations and family members of children/youth with behavioral health needs to collectively ensure that behavioral health services are being provided to children and families according to the Arizona Vision and 12 Principles.
The JK Settlement Agreement and the Arizona Vision
ACEC strives to create and implement a successful system of behavioral health care in Arizona by serving as a state-level link for local, county, tribal and regional teams.
List of ACEC Participants