Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program Annual Evaluation Report State Fiscal Year 2015.
Arizona State University. Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. Arizona Department of Child Safety.
State Resource Technical Report
vii, 32 p.
Published: February 2016
Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS)
P.O. Box 6030, S/C C010-23
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6030
Tel: (602) 255-2500
This report presents service utilization and program outcome data for the Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together; AFF) program, a statewide program established in 2000 to address adverse conditions related to alcohol and drug abuse among child-welfare-involved families in which allegations of child maltreatment were associated with parental substance abuse. Key elements of the AFF program include: an emphasis on face-to-face outreach and engagement at the time of program referral; assessments; supportive services (e.g., case management, transportation, employment, and housing services); individual and group treatment; counseling; and recovery maintenance services. This report includes service utilization data and program outcome data for State fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015). Findings indicate: during State fiscal year SFY 2015, 7,388 unique individuals were referred to the AFF program, representing a 34% percent increase from SFY 2014; approximately 70% of all new individuals referred to the AFF program in SFY 2015 had a substantiated or unsubstantiated allegation of child maltreatment; 3,066 (48%) children had achieved permanency out of the 6,383 children that had been placed in out-of-home care that were associated with parents who were closed from AFF services in SFY 2014; among those children that achieved permanency, 55.6% did so through reunification, 36.4% through adoption, and 7.8% through guardianship; children whose parents had completed AFF services experienced a significantly higher rate of permanency than children whose parents had discontinued AFF services (65.5% vs. 40%); children whose parents had completed AFF services experienced a significantly higher rate of reunification than children whose parents had discounted AFF services (84.8% vs. 52.6%); in SFY 2015, 77.3% percent of AFF referrals received in SFY 2014 had no subsequent maltreatment allegation 12 months or more following AFF closure; and new maltreatment allegation filings did not vary by whether the client completed AFF services.
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