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TERROS Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. Program wins Major Award

TERROS Arizona Families F.I.R.S.T. program (Families in Recovery Succeeding Together) was awarded the “2010 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy” by the Arizona Capitol Times. TERROS was one of only three organizations and fourteen individuals selected for recognition in 2010. The awards were presented to the winners at a Luncheon September 28, 2010 at the Wyndham Hotel in Phoenix.

The September 24, 2010 issue of the Arizona Capitol Times described the reasons TERROS received the prestigious award.

TERROS has been engaged in providing treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and mental illness since 1969. In 2001 the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Child Protective Services (CPS) awarded TERROS a contract to provide Families F.I.R.S.T. services to Maricopa County residents. The program is an effective way to keep children safely united with their family by providing substance abuse treatment for parents.

“Our state government said they wanted to provide substance-abuse treatment to parents whose ability to be good parents is undermined by their substance abuse,” says Dale Rinard, President and CEO of TERROS. “They wanted a program that would enable outreach and engagement to get parents into treatment.”

“Keeping families safely together saves families and also saves the state money by avoiding the cost of foster care that is often the alternative when parents continue destructive drug and alcohol use.”

Hank Radda Ph.D., Vice President, University of Phoenix, and Chairman of the TERROS Board of Directors, said the program’s leadership position in the social-services arena is due to its family approach and close cooperation with CPS and other state agencies. “We are very successful, measured by national benchmarks, with a focus both on the sobriety of the family and the safety of the child; we built a system that maximizes the potential of families to step up and take care of their kids.’”

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