Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
AHCCCS is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care to Arizona residents. Individuals must meet certain income and other requirements to obtain services. Pregnant women are eligible at higher income levels- up to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Since other factors are taken into consideration during the eligibility determination process you are encouraged to contact AHCCCS and/or visit the website for more information regarding eligibility.
Toll Free: 1-800-654-8713 (Outside Maricopa County)
Baby Arizona is a program to help pregnant women begin receiving prenatal care while they are waiting for the AHCCCS eligibility process to be completed. Pregnant women are connected to doctors, clinics and community health centers that will provide care and help them apply for AHCCCS health insurance and pre-enroll her in a health plan. If it is determined that the woman is not eligible for AHCCCS after the application has been processed, the Baby Arizona doctor who began her prenatal care should work out a reasonable payment plan with the woman and continue prenatal care.
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-833-4642
Birth to Five Helpline
The Birth to Five Helpline is a free service open to all families with young children who would like information and support regarding early childhood development and parenting topics. Early childhood specialists are on duty Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. A person can also leave voice and website messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Toll-Free Number: 1-877-705-KIDS
Breast milk is the best food for babies. Babies who are breastfed are more likely to have fewer illnesses due to the antibodies in mother's breast milk. Some studies have also said that breastfed babies are less likely to become obese. Breastfeeding is also very helpful to mothers. It is more convenient than washing and sterilizing bottles and nipples and less expensive compared to purchasing formula and everything needed to bottle feed. In addition, breastfeeding helps to enhance bonding between mother and baby and mothers may get back in shape faster. There are government supports for breastfeeding women at work. There is also timely support available concerning questions about being successful at breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-800-833-4642
La Leche League - Toll-free number: 1-800-525-3243
Child Care Assistance
The purpose of DES Child Care is to assist eligible families with child care costs, enabling parents to participate in employment and specific education and training activities related to employment, or in certain other circumstances when parents are unable to provide care. Due to limited funding, a statewide waiting list may be implemented to identify families waiting to receive child care services. Although you may be determined eligible, you may have to wait to receive services. To receive Child Care Assistance you must apply for Child Care Assistance at your local DES Child Care Office.
Child Care Resource and Referral
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a statewide program in Arizona that helps families find child care. CCR&R provides information about community trainings and resources for child care providers and the early childhood community. This program is funded by the Department of Economic Security, Child Care Administration. The CCR&R phone service is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and our website search is always available. Services are provided at no charge.
Toll-Free Number - 1-800-308-9000
Child Support Enforcement
The Child Support Enforcement program is a federal/state/local program that collects child support from parents who are legally obligated to pay. The goals are threefold:
To ensure that children are supported by their parents,
To foster family responsibility, and
To reduce the costs of welfare to the taxpayer.
Research has shown that non-custodial parents who are involved financially in their child's life by paying their child support are also more likely to be involved in other aspects of their child's life, such as school or extra-curricular activities. When a parent does not pay child support, it places their child at risk of not having their basic needs met. This may put the custodial parent at risk of needing government-funded programs, such as cash assistance or food stamps, in order to meet those needs.
DCSE Customer Service:
Metro Phoenix/Maricopa County: 602-252-4045
Children's Information Center
Offers information for children and youth under the age of 21 with special health care needs in addition to information about:
Children's Rehabilitative Services
Early Intervention Services
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-232-1676
The Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women, defines domestic violence as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person." Domestic violence is a serious threat to the health of women and their children. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides someone to talk to as well as information about available local domestic violence services, including shelters and counseling.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Toll Free Number: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Toll Free Number: 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Early Childhood Home Visitation Services
There are a number of home visitation programs across the state that work with pregnant and/or new mothers and their families by providing the support, guidance and education needed to promote a positive parenting experience that will help young children thrive in school and in society. Each program has its' own eligibility criteria and if one program is not a good fit another one may be. A toll free phone number or the website can locate the appropriate home visitation service available in a community.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-800-833-4642. This telephone line will also support home visiting.
Emily Center At Phoenix Children's Hospital
Emily Center offers a comprehensive pediatric health library with many child-health topics including children with special health care needs developed by their physician. Services are provided at no charge.
Phone: (602) 933-1400
Toll Free: (866) 933-6459
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is a national centralized information resource on special health care needs and disabilities sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to disseminate current, accurate, research based information about childhood disability and special education. Services are provided at no charge. http://nichcy.org/
Toll Free: 1-800-695-0285
Nutrition and Cash Assistance Nutrition Assistance helps Arizonans provide adequate nutrition for their families. Moderate under-nutrition, frequently found in the United States, can have negative effects on children's mental and physical development. The Cash Assistance program provides temporary cash benefits and supportive services to the neediest of Arizona's children and their families.
Phone: 602-542-9935 or
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-352-8401
Perinatal Hospice services offer a range of services for families facing a poor prenatal diagnosis. Services provided by hospice agencies include but are not limited to: emotional support, anticipatory grief support, creation of birth and death plans, and liaison with medical staff.
Postpartum Depression Support
Having a baby can bring great joy as well as feelings of sadness and anxiety. A number of new mothers have emotional mood swings and crying spells that come and go fairly quickly. This is also referred to as "baby blues" and can last up to a few weeks. For some women however, these feelings get stronger and last longer due to a number of reasons including changes in brain chemistry, hormone levels and lifestyle and it is important that they seek help from their doctors and or other national support centers.
Postpartum Support International Arizona Warmline 1-888-434-6667
Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support 1-800-784-2433
Safe Haven Newborn Program
A parent or agent of the parent may deliver an unharmed infant who is 72 hours old or younger to a Safe Haven provider anonymously. The Safe Haven provider will offer the parent or agent of the parent written information about information and referral organizations but cannot make the parent of the parent's agent answer any questions. A Safe Haven provider is:
A firefighter on duty,
An emergency medical technician on duty,
A medical staff person at a general hospital or a rural general hospital on duty,
A staff member or volunteer at a licensed private child welfare agency which posts a public notice that it is willing to accept a newborn infant,
A staff member or volunteer at a licensed private adoption agency which posts a public notice that it is willing to accept a newborn infant, and
A staff member or volunteer at a church which posts a public notice that it is willing to accept a newborn infant.
Substance Abuse Help While Pregnant
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services provides help to pregnant women struggling with substance use/abuse. 24 hour, free and confidential information (in English and Spanish) is available on substance use disorder issues and referrals to treatment.
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
(WIC) Women, Infant and Children
WIC offers free classes on breastfeeding and healthy eating. WIC also gives coupons to help pregnant women and women with new babies receive healthy food. It is for women with low to middle incomes. Learn more about WIC and locate a local WIC office by calling the hotline number.
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-252-5942