The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers is Arizona’s premier trade association representing the interest of behavioral health, substance abuse, child welfare and juvenile justice service agencies throughout Arizona.
Our roots can be traced to March 8th, 1964 when the Arizona Council of Child Care Agencies was formed by nine administrators who needed an opportunity to meet and share common problems and concerns in providing residential care to children. In 1999, the Arizona Council of Centers for Children and Adults (ACCCA) merged with the Arizona Association of Behavioral Health Programs to form the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers (the Council) and the Arizona Foundation for Human Service Providers (the Foundation).
While the Association specialized in issues related to the state’s behavioral health system and ACCCA focused primarily on child welfare and juvenile justice concerns, both organizations promoted the value of service delivery systems built on the foundation of locally owned and operated provider agencies. They also supported the continued development of quality service delivery systems by providing advocacy, education, technical assistance, training and information to the community-based agencies that comprised their memberships.
The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers is a 501 (c) (6) whose primary function is legislative and administrative advocacy and business operations. The Arizona Foundation for Human Service Providers is a 501 (c) (3) and provides support and education to the corporation.
The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers Political Action Committee was created in July 2009 and is a “political organization” as defined in IRS Section 527(e)(1). The PAC goal is promote good citizenship through the personal and financial participation of our members in the elective process at the state level of government.
The Purpose of the Foundation and the Council is to promote and maintain a comprehensive continuum of services that help Arizona’s children, families and adults build lives of quality and self-sufficiency. We strive to accomplish this purpose through education and participation in the public policy arena. The Foundation conducts and/or participates in activities that enhance professionalism within the industry.
Our general goals are to;
- Create and implement a strategy for effecting change in the manner in which Arizona purchases social services and the rates paid for these services;
- Continue to promote the Council’s position regarding the need for Arizona to develop a policy about who gets served in the state’s publicly funded delivery system;
- Create and implement a strategy for enhancing the relationships between purchasers and providers of services;
- Enhance the relationships between the Council and other similar organizations to collectively address common issues;
- Continue to initiate, monitor and impact the executive and legislative debate on issues important to the Council;
- Work to secure an appropriate level of funding for all agencies that purchase services for children, families and adults.
We are committed to continually improving the array and quality of services statewide.
We believe that human services, regardless of how they are funded or managed, should be provided by local agencies in the least restrictive setting and considered an integral part of a community’s resources.
We believe that a statewide service delivery system should be planned and built from a process which includes the individuals and families who use these services and that these systems should be flexible enough to adapt to the unique needs of various communities.
We believe that individuals and families should not be denied the advantages of service participation for lack of money but should be encouraged to pay to the best of their ability on a sliding fee scale, unless entitled by federal guidelines to free care.
We believe in the dignity and value of the individual, the rights of the individual to be involved in service planning, the individual’s freedom of choice and the importance of services tailored to honor cultural diversity.