Below you will find a list of local, national and emergency and crisis resources. We encourage you to explore the information shared here and to use these resources when you or your family need help or support.

Local and State Resources

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Establishes standards of qualification and performance for licensed behavioral health professionals in the fields of counseling, family thepy and social work for protection of the public. Arizona Center for Disability Law Advocates for the legal rights of persons with disabilities. Arizona Department of Education Educational Information Center for parents, families, students, teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals. Arizona Department of Economic Security A portal to information on children, family, aging and elderly, people with disabilities, employment, services and programs. D.A.M.E.S. (Differently Abled Mothers Empowerment Society) Michele Thorne is the founder of D.A.M.E.S. (Differently Abled Mothers Empowerment Society), a board member of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, a Certified Autism Specialist and a mother of two who have been diagnosed with autism. After her children's diagnosis, she saw the need for an organization whose sole focus was to take care of the mothers raising special needs children. D.A.M.E.S. aims to take a holistic approach to helping mothers raising special needs children; D.A.M.E.S. can help you re-center by providing self-care tools to you that are available anytime, anywhere. Emily Center A library in the Phoenix Children's hospital that is open and free to the public. It provides information on child health, injury and illness. Family Involvement Center A Family-run organization whose majority of staff are also parents who have lived experience raising a child with emotional, physical and/or behavioral health needs. Raising Special Kids A Parent training and information center which provides resources and support to families of children with disabilities. Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center Autism research for children and families; also provides programs, education, services, support and more for the Autism community.

National Resources

e-Parent's Special Needs Resource Directory A comprehensive guide for parents and families of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs, as well as physicians, allied health care professionals and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. This directory is designed to assist in your search for helpful information and resources for every situation. Mental Health America The nation's leading community based non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting overall mental health for Americans. Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health The national organization representing family voice in children's mental and behavioral health; provides resources, online traning and courses and hosts the only national conference for parents and families of children who have mental health needs. National Alliance on Mental Illness Dedicated to improving the quality of iife for people with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Provides information for families on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in addition to other developmental disorders.

Emergency / Crisis Resources

SUICIDE PREVENTION Suicide/Crisis Hotline (Maricopa County) (602) 222-9444 Suicide Prevention Resource Center (800) 273-TALK (8255) CHILD ABUSE HOTLINES Arizona Child Abuse Hotline (888) SOS-CHILD (767-2445) Sexual Assault Hotline (Maricopa County) (480) 736-4949
RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline (National) (800) 656-HOPE (4673) TEEN LINE Teen Lifeline (602) 248-8336 or (800) 248-8336 Answered by peer counselors Monday to Friday 3pm to 9pm. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINES AZ Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (602) 279-2900 or (800) 782-6400 Domestic Violence Hotline (National) (800) 799-7233 HOSPITAL EMERGENCY SERVICES St. Luke's Behavioral (602) 251-8535 Banner Behavioral (602) 254-4357 or (800) 254-HELP (4357) 24-hour Crisis Psychiatric Care Connections AZ (602) 416-7600

Resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

National Center for PTSD

Understanding PTSD: A Guide for Family and Friends

Tips for Family Members

Managing Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Telehealth Resources

The Nuts and Bolts of Telelmedicine Curriculum

Learn all you ever wanted to learn about connection, devices, platforms, and “doing” a telehealth visit.

This curriculum includes four webinars:

  1. Are you Connected?
  2. Do you Have a Device?
  3. Can You “See” Your Provider?
  4. Your Family’s First Telemedicine Appointment.

The webinar recordings are available for families to learn in English and in Spanish.

Trouble Accessing Technology or Telehealth?

Check out this list of 14 “Barrier Busters” in English and in Spanish to help you identify the barrier and ways to get around it.

What is Family Centered Telehealth?

How do I work with my child’s providers over the phone or screen?

How do I ensure that our family voice is heard, respected, and integrated as part of the team caring for my child in a way that is unique to my child’s needs, and our culture?

Family Voices has taken the concept of Family-Centered Care (the way to deliver care through respectful partnership) and described it for the new virtual environment - in English and in Spanish - to empower families and care teams to partner in care, no matter how, where, and to whom it is delivered!

Many thanks to Family Voices for providing these tools and resources.