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Prepared for the Division of Child Safety and Family Services by Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Arizona State University, School of Social Work. This public report summarizes the work and recommendations of the Arizona Citizen Review Panels during the 2013 calendar year. Panel members demonstrated their support by volunteering to participate in case reviews, trainings, and community projects benefiting the lives of Arizona children.
In March of 2013, the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS) asked Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) to assist in creating opportunities for public input and discussion at the Summer Institute regarding the upcoming Greater Arizona Request for Proposals (RFP) for the coordination of Medicaid funded mental health and substance abuse services for all counties outside of Maricopa County. Two online surveys and a town hall forum were conducted by CABHP in July 2013 to gather public input regarding the upcoming request for proposals (RFP) for Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) services in all counties except Maricopa.
During this past state fiscal year, DES completed a nearly two-year process of AFF program redesign that culminated with the awarding of new service provider contracts during the third quarter of the current reporting period. The result of this new program design places a stronger emphasis upon the utilization of evidence-based substance abuse practices, an emphasis on family-focused and recovery-oriented supportive services, and a focus on quality management and program monitoring.
In March of 1992, the Maricopa County Drug Court (MCDC) program was implemented to provide an alternative to the incarceration of individuals with substance abuse disorders who had been convicted of criminal offenses in Maricopa County. The program was initially designed to take 12 months to complete, and enrolled only post-conviction participants. The population targeted for the program consisted of medium to high risk felony offenders who were in need of substance abuse treatment. The county contracted with Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) to provide treatment services to offenders who participated in the Drug Court program. Maricopa County also contracted with Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) to conduct an external evaluation of the MCDC Opiate Treatment Enhancement program.
The work of Arizona’s Citizen Review Panels plays an important part in the monitoring and improvement of child welfare in Arizona. Advocacy and impact, accompanied by ongoing efforts to provide actionable recommendations to state child protection officials, is an exemplary model of private individuals making a meaningful difference in quality of life for all citizens.
The annual evaluation report for state fiscal year 2012 summarizes the key processes and outcomes of the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program established in 2000 to address adverse conditions related to substance abuse among child welfare-involved families in which allegations of child maltreatment were determined to be associated with parental substance abuse.
In 2007, Community Bridges initiated the Blueprints to Life 2.0 project to train a team of peer support specialists to provide outreach services to homeless individuals and to link them with needed services and community resources in the Phoenix metropolitan area. During its final year of SAMHSA funding, Community Bridges continued to implement the Blueprints to Life 2.0 project without major changes in an effort to reduce the overutilization of crisis and emergency services by the target population group.
S.T.A.R. – Stand Together and Recover Centers is a nonprofit community service agency certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health and contracted by the Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County to provide peer-delivered support services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness. S.T.A.R. operates three recovery centers in the metropolitan Phoenix area, and serves approximately 500 clients annually.
The Parent to Parent (P2P) Recovery Program was established in 2008 as an enhancement to the pre-existing Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (AFF) program. This report summarizes the methods, findings, and conclusions of a program evaluation conducted of a Federally-funded program that targeted substance abuse treatment services toward methamphetamine abusing parents of substance exposed newborns in one large, southwestern metropolitan community.
The annual evaluation report for state fiscal year 2011 summarizes the key processes and outcomes of the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program, now in its tenth year of operation.
The 13th annual report summarizes the accomplishments, activities, findings, and recommendations of three regional Arizona Citizen Review panels, and was prepared by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP), Arizona State University. This project was supported by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families through a grant awarded by the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA).
Now in its ninth year of operation, the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program provides a statewide, locally coordinated, and efficacious effort to intervene at the intersection of child maltreatment and parent substance abuse.
This project was supported by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families through a grant awarded by the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). The 12th Annual Citizen Review Panel Report summarizes the accomplishments, activities, findings, and recommendations of three regional panels in Northern, Central and Southern Arizona.
The January 8, 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, focused Arizona’s attention on concerns contained in a report by Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and Morrison Institute for Public Policy (Shafer & Hart, 2010). Preparing for the Storm drew from a panel discussion among leaders and advocates in mental health and substance abuse treatment, criminal justice and child welfare.
The Casa Santa Clara (CSC) project represents a collaborative partnership between the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) at Arizona State University and the Old Pueblo Community Services, Inc. (OPCS), formerly known as Old Pueblo Community Foundation. The goal of the Casa Santa Clara project was to infuse two evidence-based practices (EBPs) – Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) – into the operations of a services-enriched transitional housing program for homeless ex-offenders.
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Evaluation Report for the period July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.
This project was supported by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families through a grant awarded by the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). The 11th Annual Citizen Review Panel Report summarizes the accomplishments, activities, findings, and recommendations of three regional panels in Northern, Central and Southern Arizona.
On July 22, 2009, a panel of professionals who play key roles in Arizona's public behavioral health care system gathered before 300 behavioral health providers, supervisors, and policy makers at the annual Summer Institute hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. This paper provides an abbreviated report of that panel discussion, which was partially designed and moderated by ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.
As articulated in the funding application to SAMHSA, the goal of this Services Pilot was to be the design, implementation, and evaluation of a coordinated and co-occurring competent pre- and post-release services intervention for a cohort of inmates released from ADC custody. Pre- and post-release services were intended to reduce recidivism, improve mental health, reduce substance abuse, improve housing and employment stability, and advance accessibility of community health services for those served by the program.
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Evaluation Report for the period July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008.
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Annual Evaluation Report for the period July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007.
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Annual Evaluation Report for the period July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005.
A voluntary self-report, which surveys inmates-parents of more than 3,500 Arizona children to examine their family situation and needs.
Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Annual Evaluation Report for the period July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004.
Examines the substance abuse treatment gap in Arizona. CABHP partnered with Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC) for a comprehensive survey of substance abuse counselors and their supervisors in Arizona, New Mexico and California.
Summarizes the results and activities of the Arizona Comprehensive Criminal Justice Diversion Interventions Project, one of the eight sites participating in a multi-site study of jail diversion for individuals with co-occurring disorders.
Examines the ability of students with psychiatric disorders to complete courses and programs in secondary education and the effects of that higher learning on their employment conditions.