The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers is the states only trade association representing the interest of behavioral health, substance abuse, child welfare and justice service agencies throughout Arizona. Our roots can be traced to March 8th, 1964 when the Arizona Council of Child Care Agencies was formed by nine administrators who needed an opportunity to meet and share problems of common concerns in providing residential care to children. In 1999, the Arizona Council of Centers for Children and Adults (ACCCA) merged with the Arizona Association of Behavioral Health Programs to form the current organizations the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers (the Council) and the Arizona Foundation for Human Service Providers (the Foundation).
While the Association specialized in issues related to the state's behavioral health system, and the Council focused primarily on child welfare and juvenile justice concerns, both organizations promoted the value of service delivery systems built on the foundation of locally owned and operated provider agencies. Both organizations supported the continued development of quality service system by providing advocacy, education, technical assistance, training and information to the community-based agencies that comprised their memberships. The Arizona Council of Human Service Providers is a 501 (c) (6) whose primary function is legislative advocacy and business operations. The Arizona Foundation for Human Service Providers is a 501 (c) (3) and provides support and education to the corporation.