Initiatives

ACMF facilitates key initiatives to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and support for service members, veterans, their families and communities. Examples of key initiatives include:

Guidelines for Care Project – This project engaged partners from the public and private sector to collaboratively create a set of guidelines for providing care and services to the military and veteran population. The intent is to ensure that our service members, veterans and their families receive only the best care and support and that civilian providers and organizations that want to help have the resources and information for how to become equipped to support this population.

Along with the general Guidelines for CARE, ACMF and our key stakeholder partners have sector-specific guidelines completed or under development for the following sectors: Employers, Employment Service Providers, Higher Education, Behavioral Health, Counties, Cities & Towns, Early Childhood Providers, Faith-Based Communities and Housing & Homeless Providers.

The Guidelines for Care project was made possible in part by grants from Vitalyst Health Foundation, a Phoenix‐based public foundation focused on Arizona health policy and strength‐based community development.

Military & Veteran Employment Initiative – This effort is a partnership focused on reducing unemployment and underemployment among service members, veterans and their families.

  • The initiative started with implementation of a software platform developed here in Arizona, that translated military work experience into civilian terminology through an interactive technology. After successful use in Arizona for two years, the Department of Defense Hero 2 Hired program rolled the platform out nationwide for all service members and veterans to access.
  • A Military/Veteran Employment Resource Center (ERC) was opened at Papago Park Military Reservation in the fall of 2011. The ERC provided employment search assistance to all service members, veterans and their families, including one-on-one assistance, workshops and matching with job opportunities. The ERC also worked with employers to identify candidates and to host hiring events, and to provide training on military/veteran-supportive workplaces. The ERC now continues to provide support to service members, veterans and family members by phone, by email and in-person as needed.
  • Initiative partners have included: Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth & Families, Arizona National Guard, City of Phoenix H.E.R.O. Initiative, Greater Valley Area Health Education Center, Arizona@Work Maricopa County and Scottsdale Healthcare among others.
  • In 2014, ACMF and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services embarked on the next phase of the initiative…the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment which is focused on strengthening hiring, retention and career progression in our military and veteran population.

Annual Statewide Symposium in Support of Service Members, Veterans & Their Families – In 2017, ACMF and our planning partners will conduct our 8th Symposium. This is the only statewide convening of military, government and community partners focused on building Arizona’s capacity to care for and support all who serve.

Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers – This independent committee of corporate partners works collaboratively with ACMF and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services to implement initiatives that complement the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment. The lead implementation corporations are APS and USAA.

Be Connected – Arizona is one of a handful of pilot program states for the federal Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act. This effort focuses on strengthening access to care and support in our military and veteran community, with a goal of decreasing suicide. Be Connected will officially launch in April 2017.

Southern Arizona Military/Veteran Community Network – This partnership brings the Coalition’s statewide capacity building model to the regional level with a focus on engaging communities throughout southern Arizona. Stakeholder partners include the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, University of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Learn more about the objectives and partners on this project.

Military/Veteran First Responder Initiative – In partnership with key public and private sector partners, the first responder training initiative and workgroup has already trained over 3000 first responders. This effort uses a systems approach with a goal to train firefighters, law enforcement, crisis behavioral health, emergency room staff and others with a standardized curriculum that promotes a consistent response and connection to resources for service members and veterans in crisis. In addition to continued in-person training of first responders, ACMF is also working on an on-line version to scale the training for entire departments and to reach first responders statewide.

Military/Veteran Resource Navigator training – Developed here in Arizona, with the input of key stakeholders, this innovative training focuses on how to connect a service member, veteran or family member to resources. To date, ACMF has trained 900+ navigators with an eventual goal of thousands of navigators statewide in every organization that interacts with service members, veterans and their families. Learn more about navigator training here.

Veterans Courts – In partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court and courts across the state, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families has been supporting the development of Veterans Courts over the past four years. This includes technical assistance and training. This year’s Symposium will also feature a dedicated Legal/Vet Court track.

Behavioral Health – In partnership with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith & Family and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), ACMF is providing training and technical assistance to the public behavioral health system (including the Tribal/Regional Behavorial Health Authorities and their provider organizations). Training and technical assistance focuses on providing effective care and support to the military, veteran and family population, care coordination and the process to become a formal partner in this effort. This partnership is focused on helping organizations fulfill the contract deliverable in the AHCCCS strategic plan to focus on this population.

Early Childhood – ACMF is partnering with key stakeholders to strengthen support for military and veteran families with young children. Key partners include the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Department of Health, Arizona Department of Economic Security, First Things First, Child Crisis Center, Southwest Human Development and others. This effort is focused on developing a set of Guidelines for CARE specifically for early childhood providers, adapting core ACMF training for this population of providers and content focused on children & families at the upcoming Symposium.

Civilian Culture Training – ACMF is partnering with military entities on a pilot program focused on helping transitioning service members to better acclimate to the civilian world and to connect to community-based resources in advance of separation from the military. The program is designed to work in coordination with the existing Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

Arizona National Guard Be Resilient Program – This plan was designed to address operational stress and critical incidents experienced by service members and their families, including separate strategies for prevention, intervention and postvention with a focus on integrating and leveraging existing programs and resources into one cohesive effort. Partners included military entities, governmental agencies and community organizations. Signed into policy in September 2011 by Major General Hugo E. Salazar, The Adjutant General, the Be Resilient Program included an emphasis on partnership with external organizations, coordinated under the umbrella of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families. As a result of the implementation of this program and partnership effort, the Arizona National Guard went from the most number of suicides ever in 2010 to three straight years with no suicides and a significant increase in utilization of support resources.

Military Immersion Training – This training, held in 2010 and 2012, provides civilians with no military background with an immersion experience to help them better understand military culture and the experiences of service members and their families. Activities include staying overnight in barracks, eating an MRE, hearing firsthand experiences of service members and learning about key issues affecting the military and veteran population. Learn more on our Military Immersion Training page.

Stay tuned for more information about these and other activities of the Coalition and our partners!