Angel Initiative: Mental Health Services in Place of Incarceration
BBCAZ and Maryvale PD team up to replace jail time for mental health and addiction counseling.
BBCAZ joins with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family to bring about an Arizona where residents have access to quality substance abuse and mental health treatment regardless of their income. Through the Angel Initiative pilot program being rolled out in the Phoenix Police Department’s Maryvale Precinct, BBCAZ will be on call to offer services to small time offenders eligible to receive mental health counseling, including addiction recovery and alcohol abuse counseling at no cost instead of doing time incarcerated.
Building Blocks Counseling intends to bring treatment options that are evidence-based to everyone who’s seeking help. “The cost of treatment programs like rehab is a barrier that often times gets between people who need support and the professionals who can provide it,” said Wes Perdue, Programs Director BBCAZ. “We hope to change that by participating in programs like the Angel Initiative that expand our abilities to offer support to individuals instead of mass incarceration.”
The Angel Initiative allows citizens to walk into a police precinct, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Additionally, the Angel Initiative helps individuals with children find a secure safe placement for their kids instead of placing them in the foster care system while they are in treatment. The program is currently being piloted in west Phoenix with police officers at the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct.
Read more about the eligibility criteria for the Angel Initiative.
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