In his state of the state address, Governor Doug Ducey recognized substance abuse as a priority for Arizona, and he expressed his commitment to provide prevention, treatment and recovery resources to all our communities. Mrs. Ducey has joined Governor Ducey in his efforts by chairing The Governor’s Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment. One initiative of the council is The Angel Initiative which was originated by Chief Leonard Campanello in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The Arizona Angel Initiative allows citizens to walk into a police precinct, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Angels are also able to help parents secure safe placement for their child(ren) while they are in treatment in lieu of placing their child(ren) in the foster care system. The program is currently being piloted in West Phoenix with the Phoenix Police Department, Maryvale-Estrella Precinct.
- Must be an adult age 18 or older.
- Must live in the Maryvale area.
- Must be willing and able to follow staff directions.
- Must have a valid Identification Card.
- Must agree to abide by all rules and refrain from engaging in illegal and/or inappropriate activity.
- Must be willing to go to detox and obtain medical clearance, if detox is required.
- Be physically and mentally able to self-manage personal hygiene and self-care within a non-medical, non-psychiatric facility.
- Not be a fugitive from justice or have any prior or pending charges for crimes involving violence, arson, sexual offenses, children, or the elderly.
If you would like to participate in the Angel Initiative, all you need to do is show up at the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct with a valid State I.D., between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., turn in your drugs and request treatment. Although it is preferred that you arrange care for your children while you get help, the Angel will find caregivers who will take them in while you get help and in some cases, you may be able to take your children with you.
The Maryvale-Estrella Precinct is located at:
6180 W. Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85035
If you or someone you love is not ready for the Arizona Angel Program but is willing to look into treatment, then we have the resource for you. The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family actively maintains a substance abuse provider locator that can help you identify a treatment provider near your home. Simply select the type of resource, enter you zip code and click the search button. Once the initial resources populate, you can narrow your search with a set of filters on the left-hand side of the page. Resources really are “just a click away.”
Angels come in all shapes, sizes and service delivery types. The Arizona Angel Initiative is always in need of additional treatment-based resources. If you are a substance abuse treatment provider and you are willing to donate a service whether it is outpatient counseling, detox, support programs, or residential treatment for someone who is ready to interrupt the pattern of addiction and reclaim their lives, then you are just who we are looking for.
Please contact Alexandra O'Hannon at email@example.com.
If you are looking for a truly rewarding experience, consider becoming a Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) Host Family. You will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family.
You must be at least 25 years old, emotionally and financially stable, mature, law abiding, healthy, active, and connected to a local church. You also must be willing to engage in a long-term friendship with a family in need, agree to not use drugs, and refrain from using profanity or engaging in other negative behavior that may impact a child.
The first step to becoming a Host Family is contacting Cody Fort at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have any questions, wish to donate services, or want to learn more about the Arizona Angel Initiative, feel free to give any one of us a call.
Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith & Family
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Case Management Services Manager
Phoenix Rescue Mission
338 N. 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
6180 W. Encanto Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85035