At RISE, our purpose has remained constant for 30 years.

We create opportunities for and with the people we serve, helping children, adults with special needs, and seniors live full, productive lives.

RISE helps others live the life they imagine for themselves.

We were founded in 1987 and began serving Arizona in 1993. Since then, we have had the pleasure of working with the country’s most passionate, innovative, and creative programs that support children, families and people of all abilities. 

We offer programs and services as varied as the needs of the people they support.

  • Assisting people with daily living activities
  • Teaching life skills
  • Meeting companionship needs
  • Foster care licensing
  • Enhancing protective capacities of biological parents
  • Family preservation
  • Providing assistance in the community
  • Supportive or customized employment
  • Day services
  • Foster parenting
  • Early intervention
  • Providing a stable family setting
  • Respite opportunities

RISE connects passionate people with those in need.

We employ a network of hundreds of dedicated personal care professionals throughout Arizona.

All our employees are given strict employees screening and ample training to guarantee unmatched service and care.

Day Services

We teach skills that lead to independent living

RISE helps adults with developmental disabilities live full, productive, independent lives.

We want the adults we serve to be able to work and live in a way that brings forth and celebrates their unique skills and desires. Through Day Services, we discover and foster their personal passions through expert guidance within a supportive community.

Day Service programs have many purposes, ranging from helping adults develop skills they could use at work to finding creative hobbies and outlets through which they can better express who they are and what they care about.

Everything we offer is individually tailored to the needs, skills, and personality of our clients.

We take the time to learn about them. We help them discover what skills they have and how they might fit into a job or at home. Then, we help them apply those skills to every aspect of their lives.

This is done in a safe and supportive setting through cooking classes, exercise, music, crafts, and other job and life-skills training programs.

New skills create new opportunities. And creating opportunities for and with people is what we care about most.

Adults do not need to be living in a RISE home to participate in any our Day Services and transportation can always be arranged or provided.

Employment Services

Oregon Employment Services

Everyone is employable and can live full and productive lives.

RISE creates job opportunities for and with people.

We have an amazing team of professionals who help adults with disabilities find and sustain meaningful employment throughout Arizona.

We find employment that fits the skills, preferences, and schedule of the people we serve, allowing access for them to participate in integrated employment in a workplace in the general community.

Our staff acts as an advocate for the adults they serve by working with local employers to find, or even create, suitable work. Every client receives a foundation of support during their entirety of their employment.

Support may include:

    • Increasing skills for successful employment
    • Work preparation
    • One-to-one or small group support
    • On-the-job training
    • Advocacy during their entirety of their employment

We help our clients find suitable work, apply for and begin the job with confidence, then support them as they become competent, independent employees.

RISE works with employers to create a diverse and healthy work environment. We have seen that work setting with a diverse group of people are more successful and ultimately more profitable.

We help make hiring adults with disabilities simple and easy

Our clients are screened and prepared to work for the jobs and hours employers need. For instance, many smaller employers are in need of part-time work, which is precisely the appropriate amount of hours needed by our adult clients.

Our Employment Professionals help orientate, train, and sustain healthy work habits. We advocate for the employee and the employer.

It is why the clients we place in jobs have a 88% retention rate. Clients stay at their job, work hard and well, and experience the benefits of a fulfilling, independent work life in a diverse, healthy work environment.

We  license foster and adoptive families to provide loving and stable homes for children in the foster care system. We also license families to foster children and adults with developmental disabilities.

If you have any questions or need assistance with Fostering and Adoption, please contact us directly at 480-497-1889.

The best place for children in foster care is in a family setting, and our main goal at RISE is to find loving and stable homes for children in foster care while their biological families work to create a secure home environment. Foster children need structure, stability, and love during this difficult time. RISE trains, licenses, and provides ongoing support to foster and adoptive families. We provide Family Support Specialists (or licensing workers) who are in your home monthly to help guide you, as well as offer 24/7 emergency support through our on-call services.

RISE offers the highest level of support and assistance throughout the entire licensing process. Your Family Specialist will be there to guide you every step of the way, as well as, offer advice and guidance for any questions or concerns that you may have. In addition, your Family Specialist will visit your home for a minimum of four hours as a means of getting to know your family so that we can create a home study, answer any questions, and collect the necessary paperwork needed to license you. 

Our RISE Family Specialists will aid in advocating for any services that your foster children may need. We will also be there to attend court hearings, foster care review boards, child and family team meetings, and any other encounters that require some support.

We proudly license single and two parent households, and never discriminate against an applicant’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities.

RISE offers four different types of licenses:

  • Family Foster Home License - You choose the number of children you want to foster, age range, and gender.
  • Kinship (Relative) License - Is specific to the children in your home that have already been placed there by DCS.
  • Child Developmental Home License - Allows you to care for children with developmental disabilities.
  • Adult Developmental Home License - Allows you to care for adults with developmental disabilities.

Licensing process

The process of becoming licensed is made easy with the help of your Family Support Specialist.

  1. View the online orientation videos through the DCS website to receive an overview of the foster care system and licensing process. https://dcs.az.gov/orientation
  2. Schedule an intake/interview with RISE. Email azfamilyservices@riseservicesinc.org
  3. Begin 5 week training course.
  4. Be interviewed for home study.
  5. Have a home inspection conducted by the State.
  6. Complete paperwork.
  7. Receive license.

Our goal is to make the licensing process as simple as possible, and to provide you with the tools you need to be successful foster parents.

If you would like a RISE Family Specialist to come out to speak at an event or meeting contact us by emailing azfamilyservices@riseservicesinc.org

Foster Parent Training Dates

All Foster Parent Trainings are held at 4554 E Inverness Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206.

  • October
    • 10/17/19 - CPR/FA Training from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • 10/26/19 - 5 week Foster Parent College course begins (Must be registered a week in advance)
  • November
    • 11/5/19 - 5 week Foster Parent College course begins (Must be registered a week in advance)
    • 11/9/19 - Training Academy from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Must be registered to attend). Receive 6 hours of free training in one day towards your renewal.
    • 11/13/19 - Foster Parent Support Group from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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If you have any questions or need assistance with Fostering and Adoption, please contact us directly at 480-497-1889.

 

Residential Services

For adults with a disabilities, growth and opportunity begins with a stable, caring home.

We provide residential homes in traditional neighborhoods for adults with disabilities. Our homes are built on compassionate care and skilled support.

At RISE, we have a philosophy of care centered around each person’s individual needs. The residents of a RISE home choose their own daily routines, living arrangements, and level of assistance.

Independent Living Homes

Our independence living homes offer up to twenty-four hours of personal care for adults disabilities who are able to live with some independence.

We offer many services based on each person’s needs.

    • Learning opportunities
    • Transportation & social activities to connect with friends
    • Behavior consultation
    • Personal care
    • Personal budget assistance
    • Grocery shopping
    • Cooking & cleaning

By providing a stable, caring home environment, we are able to give our residents a chance to build the life they imagine for themselves.

Group Homes

RISE group homes offer comprehensive, around-the-clock care for two to five adults in a group setting.

Those who are best served by a group home setting are adults who require intensive support and a high level of structure and guidance.

Many of our group home residents have been diagnosed with a developmental disability as well as one or more mental health disorders.

We design our group home setting around each person’s needs rather than trying to force a predetermined solution. We learn each person’s needs, preferences, and background before moving into a group home to make sure the transition is smooth and successful.

Private Pay In-home Care

RISE helps those we serve live safely and independently in their own homes.

Many in our community with disabilities are able to live in their own home or apartment but need some help to stay safe and independent.

We provide hourly in-home services for those with disabilities who are not covered under the Arizona Division of Disabled Development.

The needs of those we serve are unique. So the services we offer are personalized to those needs. We provide caring, well-trained Direct Support Professionals who may be selected and scheduled based on your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

With our help children and adults with disabilities are able to to live safely in their own familiar surroundings.

Home and Community Based Services

Hourly support to make home the best place possible.

We believe the best environment for a person with a disability to live and grow is a stable, loving home.

We also understand the unique struggles facing those who care for a person with special needs.

That is why we provide hourly in-home care for individuals with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cognitive disabilities, and autism.

RISE makes a personalized plan for each individual's and family’s needs.

The needs of those with disabilities are unique. For that reason, we take the time to create a personalized plan for each family setting based on physical needs, personal preferences, personality, and culture.

Then we create and implement supports around the family rather than forcing a solution through a predetermined mold.

The need is unique. So is the solution we create alongside the families we serve.

In-home Care Services

We currently contract with the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide in-home services based on individual needs and current funding services.

    • Personal care
    • Grocery shopping
    • Budgeting
    • Cooking
    • Light housekeeping
    • Medical support
    • Social activities

Participants may help choose a RISE Direct Support Professional.

Respite Care

We understand the time and attention required to provide constant care for a child or adult with a disability. That is why we offer respite care.

A caring, trained Direct Support Professional assists with temporary care while caregivers have a chance to rest, relax and physical and mentally renew.

Respite care is offered weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Early Intervention Services

We give parents of children with special needs a healthy start to a full, productive life.

Having a child brings many unknowns and unforeseen questions. Having a child with a developmental disorder brings its unknowns.

It is easy for parents to feel lost and alone.

Our Early Intervention Services guide parents and children through child development and give families the tools they need to raise healthy, happy kids.

We offer a list of services for children ages 0 to 3 through the Arizona Early Intervention Program.

We offer speech and language therapy for children struggling to communicate, feeding therapy for children learning to eat, physical therapy for children beginning to move on their own, occupational therapy for children struggling with their fine motor skills, and special development instruction to help children engage in the relationships, routines, and events of everyday life.

At RISE Early Intervention, we believe in providing team-based instruction in a natural learning environment that promotes your child’s growth and development by working through and within his or her unique learning style and interests.

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Parent Aide Services

Our Parent Aide program is a State contracted service.

This program creates opportunities for biological parents whose children are currently in the custody of the State (foster care). Our dedicated Parent Aides transport, supervise visits between the parent and child and work one-on-one with the parent in skill sessions. The goal of this service is to provide the biological parent with the skills needed to create a safe home environment and be reunited with their child.

What is a Parent Aide?

Parent Aide is a home visitation, family support service that helps families with children of all ages. Parent Aides are professionally trained individuals who become a role model to parents who need help in dealing with life’s daily challenges. Parent Aides teach parents to be more responsible and loving to their children. They provide support and encouragement, model appropriate parenting techniques, focus on the good qualities of the parents, and address special needs of the family by referring them to community agencies when necessary.

The two main components of this 6 month service are:

  • Weekly 1 on 1 skill sessions
  • Parenting time (supervised visits)

What can a Parent Aide do to help?

Parent Aides provide the opportunity to engage in parenting time while strengthening the relationship between parent and child. It provides a safe space for parent and child to interact. Additionally parents can learn and practice new skills to help manage the home environment more effectively. 

Parent Aides help biological parents learn to build their self-confidence, understand the developmental needs of their children, coping skills and protective capacities. Parent Aides also teach parents how to make social contacts and to use community resources. 

Coaching and Intervention

In addition to skill session and parenting time, Parent Aides provide coaching and resource referrals for the following:

  • Basic Goods
    • Food
    • Home care
    • Clothing maintenance
    • Personal hygiene
    • Secure housing
    • Meal planning
  • Education/Skills Training
    • Job search/employment 
    • Time management
    • Household budgeting
  • Parenting and Family Communication
    • Child development
    • Problem solving
    • Healthy disciplining
    • Crisis intervention 

During the visits, Parent Aides will provide:

  • Guidelines that are associated with parenting
  • Guidance and positive feedback as parents interact with their children
  • Directions to prepare you for your children’s reactions and help you cope with your feelings
  • Awareness around your children’s basic, medical and behavioral needs

Questions? You can email Arizona Family Services at azfamilyservices@riseservicesinc.org

Family Preservation

We work with families in danger of having their children removed by the State

Our Family Preservation service works with biological parents who have an open case with the State and are in danger of losing their children to foster care. We work with them to enhance their protective capacities to ensure each child has a loving and safe place to call home. The goal of this service is to preserve the family structure so that the child never has to experience removal.

What is Family Preservation?

Family Preservation (or In-Home) is a 60- to 120-day program offering intensive, short-term in-home support and counseling to families referred by the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to resolve concerns related to child abuse or neglect and to safely maintain the children in their homes.

What Can Family Preservation do to Help?

Team intervention efforts are utilized to protect children at risk of out of home placement due to abuse or neglect, by allowing the children to remain safely in their homes. The focus of the service is to improve the safety and well-being of families, enhance family functioning, increase competence in parenting abilities, foster a sense of self-sufficiency, reduce any risk factors, increase protective factors, and stabilize placements.

The services are specifically designed to each family’s needs and may include: parent education, counseling, family therapy, communication skills, domestic violence intervention and/or education, behavior management, home management and connections to available community resources.

Coaching and Intervention

Each family is assigned a team of a Family Team Lead and Family Support Specialist. Together they provide:

  • Individualized goal setting and treatment planning
  • Transition planning
  • Counseling for child and family
  • Crisis intervention
  • Parenting skills training, reinforcement of parenting education
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Behavior management skills
  • Home management skills
  • Vocational guidance and employment assistance
  • Child development screening and education
  • Stress management/problem solving skills
  • Budgeting and financial management skills
  • Community resources including linkage to long-term mental health services

S.E.N.S.E

Part of Family Preservation is S.E.N.S.E. Substance Exposed Newborns Safe Environment (S.E.N.S.E.) Program includes a coordinated system of care for substance-exposed newborns and their families. This comprehensive program allows all agencies to share information, develop one comprehensive service plan, coordinate treatment schedules and regularly share the family’s ongoing progress. The greatest program emphasis is on the vulnerable infant, but the program also helps to preserve the family and treat the mother’s drug or alcohol addiction.

Questions? You can email Arizona Family Services at azfamilyservices@riseservicesinc.org

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