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Child Care

Addiction

Alateen meetings are where teens can find support and understanding from people their own age who are going through similar difficulties.

Good resource on discovering some of the effects of various substances such as methamphetamines, marijuana, alcohol and ecstasy. Several free downloads for parents to deal with teen drug usage.

Children and Child Development

Parents and professionals visit or call the “Birth to Five Helpline” at 877-705-KIDS (5437) for free child development information concerning children ages birth-5 years.

Parenting tips, resources, free materials and more regarding children birth-17 years, are available from the CDC.

HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics, offers information and resources regarding infants through young adults from “…the nation’s leading child health experts….”

KidsHealth.org is “…the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years…..One of the things that make KidsHealth special is that it's really four sites in one: with sections for parents, for kids, for teens, and for educators.”

“The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.” NAEYC for Families offers topical resources, tips and more.

Communication

This website provides specific steps on how to communicate to children covering a number of topics including bothersome behaviors such as whining, biting and name calling. Geared toward the younger child.
 

Crisis and Emergency

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists, 1-800-222-1222.

Crisis Response Network of Southern Arizona offers a 24-hour crisis line staffed with professional crisis interventionists and can provides help in multiple languages. In addition, the crisis network offers warm line, mobile teams, crisis transport services, and petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment, (800) 796-6762; TTY (520) 284-3500.

Disease-Specific Organizations

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’sNo. 5 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Would you like to have the opportunity to learn from the many successful blind people across the country?  Are you interested in joining with others to increase opportunities for blind people?  Consider joining the National Federation of the Blind!

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

Divorce

Divorce Recovery is an ongoing support group which offers support and education for those experiencing separation or divorce, (520) 323-3952.

This site has some good tips about talking to your child about divorce, coping with children's feelings and behaviors, and creating healthy boundaries for yourself and your kids during the divorce process. It also has other articles on grief and loss, ADHD, depression and eating disorders.

Fatigue Management

General Health

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists. 1-800-222-2222.
Highlights wellness opportunities at the UA for students and staff. It includes an events calendar.

Grief and Loss

Listings of open grief support groups as well as specific groups for loss of spouse, loss of an infant and adjustment due to a medical loss or injury.

Local chapter of a national self-help organization for families experiencing the death of a child (520-721-8042).

An email based support group for all kinds of grief, loss of spouse, child, partner, parent, etc. Groups are separated by type of loss, specific groups just for kids as well. Cost is $10 a month to join a group. All discussions are monitored.

Provides information to understand what grief is, causes and symptoms associated with grieving, and stages in the grieving process.

A companion site to Grief Net for children. Provides an email based group to join. Groups are separated by age, 12 and under and 13 to 18. Site provides kids a place to submit artwork and writings, as well as a posting board to have your questions answered.

A place for children, teens, adults and families to share their experiences with grief. List of books, DVDs and training opportunities.

Offers groups for children ranging from age 3-18, coping with the loss of a loved one, dealing with a serious illness, or having a parent diagnosed with cancer. They also offer a satellite grief group for young adults, ages 18-29 that meets at the U of A Campus Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

Provides hundreds of articles on health and grief, grief and depression, and coping skills to manage grief symptoms.

Lactation

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine offers resources as a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to breastfeeding practices.

The mission of the Arizona Breastfeeding Coalition is to increase rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. Resources available.

The State of Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) provides resources in support of breastfeeding and Steps to Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.  This resources also including a 24-hour breastfeeding hotline: 1-800-833-4642.

La Leche League provides information and resources to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.

Office on Women's Health offers suggestions on successfully breastfeeding, breastfeeding at work, tips for setting up an effective routine and expressing milk and information about insurance coverage for breast pumps.

The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 50 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.

United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division Break Time for Nursing Mothers provides an overview, general guidance, news, and resources on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").

Nutrition

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides nutrition infomraiton, articles, and recipes for children of all ages. 
As a part of ChooseMyPlate.gov this site has nutritional games, curriculum, recipes and more for children.  Nutrition information from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Preparedness

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Ready is the federal government's general preparedness web site. Multilingual and very broad. Ready is "designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters."
 

Referral Services

Non-profit agencies for Tucson, Phoenix and other Arizona areas offer childcare information.

Access to current and local information on support groups happening in Arizona. Search by type of group and location.

Resiliency

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's book, Positivity, and free online tools can help you improve your "positivity ratio", your health and your resiliency.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Wildfire's People's Information Guide has information on a variety of no-cost/low-cost programs and services available to lower-income individuals or families.

UA Health Insurance

Aetna: 1-866-217-195; Policy # 476687 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Ameriben/Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ: 1-866-955-155; Policy # 1009013 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

CIGNA: 1-800-968-7366; Policy # 3331993 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

MedImpact (Pharmacy): 1-866-648-6769

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Have more questions about the Medimpact Pharmacy program, find out more on the ADOA Benefits site.

United Healthcare: 1-800-896-1067; Policy # 705963 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Walgreens Health Initiatives (Pharmacy - mail order/speciality only): 1-866-722-2141; Policy # 0002 Active

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Veterans

Offers resources for the families of deployed veterans. Provides links to local chapter events and services.