Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Annual Evaluation Report: Summary for SFY 2016, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016.
Wellington Group. Arizona Department of Child Safety.
State Resource Technical Report
viii, 48 p.
Published: September 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 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016). Findings indicate: during State fiscal year (SFY) 2016, 8,131unique individuals were referred to the AFF program; among individuals who successfully completed the AFF program, 56.8% had no reports to DCS after being referred to the AFF program, and among individuals who exited the AFF program before program completion, 61.5% had no reports to DCS after being referred to the AFF program; more than 50% of the children associated with a referral to the AFF program between April 30, 2011 through June 30, 2016 had achieved permanency by the end of SFY 2016; out of the children who had achieved permanency, 47.9% of the children were reunified with their family, and 42.8% of the children were adopted; and the average number of days in out of home care totaled 524.5 days.
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