Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Arizona Angel Initiative

Wellness & Recovery
Arizona Angel Initiative

In his state of the state address, Governor Doug Ducey recognized substance abuse as a priority for Arizona, and he expressed his commitment to provide prevention, treatment and recovery resources to all our communities. Mrs. Ducey has joined Governor Ducey in his efforts by chairing The Governor’s Council on Child Safety and Family Empowerment. One initiative of the council is The Angel Initiative which was originally created by the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative ( P.A.A.R.I) in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

The Arizona Angel Initiative allows citizens to walk into a police precinct, turn in their drugs and request treatment without fear of prosecution. Angels are also able to help parents secure safe placement for their child(ren) while they are in treatment in lieu of placing their child(ren)  in the foster care system.

Criteria for Participation
  • Must be an adult age 18 or older.
  • Must be willing and able to follow staff directions.
  • Must have a valid Identification Card.
  • Must agree to abide by all rules and refrain from engaging in illegal and/or inappropriate activity.
  • Must be willing to go to detox and obtain medical clearance, if detox is required.
  • Be physically and mentally able to self-manage personal hygiene and self-care within a non-medical, non-psychiatric facility.
  • Not be a fugitive from justice or have any prior or pending charges for crimes involving violence, arson, sexual offenses, children, or the elderly.
You meet the criteria, what are the next steps?

If you would like to participate in the Angel Initiative, all you need to do is show up at the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct with a valid State I.D., between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., turn in your drugs and request treatment. Although it is preferred that you arrange care for your children while you get help, the Angel will find caregivers who will take them in while you get help and in some cases, you may be able to take your children with you.

Go to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct, located at:

6180 W. Encanto Blvd.  

Phoenix, AZ 85035


Parents who need to place their child(ren) in the care of a short-term residential caregiver must complete and sign the documents located below.

Are you or someone you love living with an addiction?

If you or someone you love is not ready for the Arizona Angel Program but is willing to look into treatment, then we have the resource for you. The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family actively maintains a substance abuse provider locator that can help you identify a treatment provider near your home. Simply select the type of resource, enter you zip code and click the search button. Once the initial resources populate, you can narrow your search with a set of filters on the left-hand side of the page. Resources really are “just a click away.”

Wall of Honor

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family recognizes the following partners in the Arizona Angel Program:

First Lady, Angela Ducey

Gloucester Massachusetts Police Department Angel Program


Christian Family Care Agency (CFCA/Safe Families Initiative)

Phoenix Rescue Mission

Salvation Army

Community Bridges  

Mercy Maricopa Regional Behavioral Health Authority

Center for Health Empowerment Education Employment Recovery Services (CHEEERS)

Department of Economic Secuity

Phoenix Police Department

Department of Child Safety

Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS)

Women's Health Innovations of Arizona

Sierra Tucson

Duane Mantey, ViVRE Recovery Housing

Vern Johnson, Building Blocks

Maryvale Revitalization Incorporation

Michelle Hamby

Intensive Treatment Systems 

Chandler Police Department


Dr. Rick Sloan, Compassionate Care Centers

Allyson Morgan, Compassionate Care Centers