AHCCCS received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an additional $325,296 in federal grant funds to provide crisis services related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Crisis counseling services will continue through the funding extension of August 28, 2020.
The grant funding extension allows Crisis Response Network to continue providing Immediate Program Services/Crisis Counseling Program (ISP/CCP) services and public education through the ResilientArizona.org Crisis Counseling program.
Accessible from the existing 2-1-1 statewide information and referral phone number, the Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program is a bilingual (English and Spanish), free, confidential, support service able to connect Arizona residents to needed resources as they recover from the psychological effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Crisis counselors help enhance social and emotional connections to others in the community, and promote effective coping strategies and resilience. The counselors also work closely with community organizations to familiarize themselves with available resources to then refer and connect individuals and families to other necessary services.
AHCCCS has also submitted an application for the Regular Services Program (RSP/CCP) which would extend funding for nine months beyond the end of the ISP/CCP grant.