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Arizona Model Behavioral Health Programs

The following Arizona programs are evidence-based or are based on nationally-recognized models which reflect best or promising practices in behavioral health.


Touchstone Community, Inc. Functional Family Therapy, and Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care
Touchstone Community is pioneering in the Arizona implementation of nationally recognized models of therapy and wraparound interventions for children and adolescents. Programs are based on models developed and evaluated by the Blueprints Project of the Colorado Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the Oregon Social Learning Center.

Seriously Mentally Ill Adults

META Services, Inc. Wellness Recovery Action Program (WRAP) and other recovery-based programs
The WRAP Program implemented by Meta Services, Inc. assists consumers in monitoring uncomfortable and distressing symptoms and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying or eliminating those symptoms. Meta Services has also developed a wide range of peer support and other programs based on the recovery model.

Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency

The LADDER Program (Life Affirming Dual Diagnosis Education and Recovery) provides intensive wraparound services for adults dually diagnosed with mental illness and chemical dependency. The program offers a strength-based model of interventions based on outcome research with this population.


Kinship and Adoption Resource and Education (K.A.R.E.) Family Center
Modeled after the Edgewood Family Center in San Francisco, the K.A.R.E. Family Center provides case management and comprehensive support services to grandparents and other family members who are the primary caregivers for children unable to reside with their parents. A key feature of the program is the involvement of kin caregivers and adoptive parents in all aspects of K.A.R.E. services - as clients, volunteers, and paid outreach workers.

Other Programs

Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) Regional tele-behavioral health network
In 1996 NARBHA received funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services to develop a telemedicine system that would enhance the delivery of behavioral health services throughout the 62,000 square miles of northern Arizona. Its success in implementing a 14-site network used for direct clinical care and administrative and training purposes won NARBHA net recognition as one of the Top 10 Telemedicine Networks in the U.S. by Telehealth Magazine.




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