NAZCARE,

A PEER RUN ORGANIZATION OFFERING HOUSING SERVICES

NAZCARE is the Peer Run Organization Serving the 5 Counties in Northern Arizona.  NAZCARE has Wellness Centers in Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Kingman, Prescott and Show Low.  NAZCARE offers numerous programs to serve adults and their families with mental, co-occurring and addiction issues.  This article features NAZCARE’s Housing Programs which are offered to people in recovery while targeting adults with SMI and families.  NAZCARE has four housing programs in Northern Arizona: Hope House in Prescott; Majesty Manor in Prescott Valley; Next Steps in Kingman and Serenity Circle in Cottonwood. Hope House is a Supportive Housing Program which runs for two years.  Majesty Manor in Prescott Valley is a Permanent Housing Program. Next Steps in Kingman offers a two-year Supportive Housing Program where tenants each have their own bedroom but share a living room.  Across the street is a Permanent Housing Program with separate units for each tenant.  The Serenity Circle program serves Peers and their children. 

NAZCARE has built its housing programs around a recovery model.  Support and Rehabilitation Services are offered in the programs including: teaching life skills: chores, cleanliness, budgeting, cooking, etc.; wellness plans that include whole health goals in daily maintenance plans, action steps, triggers, support network, pre-crisis, crisis and post crisis plan; a transitional plan that includes tenant skills, education skills/employment skills; building a network of support and being responsible and accountable.

The program design is to address the risk and protective factors of people with recovery issues for mental illness and substance use.  The Supportive Housing provides privacy with a private unit for each person. But to reduce isolation and build a network of support there are common community areas: a community room, kitchen, laundry room and patios are common areas. The common areas are designed to make sure that people do not isolate; each has chores each is accountable for, and common areas like the kitchen that create natural interaction with others and build support among the other residents. Through Life Skills each person learns to add the roommates into one’s wellness plan and build a network of support among each other. Each learns how to support each other, and this support reduces tensions and issues in the household.

All people have recovery support services around them in Supportive Housing.  They learn independent living skills to make themselves successful in Permanent Housing. NAZCARE has Permanent Housing and residents can transition into Permanent Housing which continues wrapping services as much or as little as a person desires.

Hope House has an 83% success rate with people becoming stable, learning independent living skills, transitioning into permanent housing and maintaining permanent housing for two or more years. NAZCARE was able to track residents after leaving the program and 75% are still stable and in permanent housing.

Next Steps has 92% success rate with people becoming stable, learning independent living skills, transitioning into permanent housing and maintaining permanent housing for two or more years. NAZCARE was able to track residents after leaving the program and 75% are still stable and in permanent housing.

The recognition of the role of recovery principles as being important and needed in these housing programs has made it possible for NAZCARE to help the program participants achieve progress and stability.