What is the Arizona Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) and what does it do? Accordion Closed
ACASI is a victim service program that provides specialized services and support to children who have lost a parent to intimate partner homicide and their adult caregiver(s).
Intimate partner homicide is a particular type of violent crime. Children and adult family members who lose a loved one this way often experience a particular kind of traumatic grief. In addition to providing services to assist survivors with emotional healing, ACASI can also help families access economic resources and information necessary to navigate the criminal justice system.
To assist these survivors, ACASI offers the following services:
- Information, referral, and connection to resources
- Expert counseling/therapy
- Group therapy and peer support
- Crisis counseling (in-person or by phone)
- Assistance in filing for Victim Compensation
- Personal advocacy
- Volunteer mentoring
Who can receive services from ACASI? Accordion Closed
ACASI serves children who have lost a parent to intimate partner homicide and their adult caregivers. A “parent” can be a biological parent, stepparent, guardian, foster parent/placement or other caregivers. Intimate partner homicide means that the child’s parent was a victim of a homicide committed by a current or former intimate partner (husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend).
ACASI currently provides services throughout the state of Arizona
Who can refer a child or caregiver/guardian for services? Accordion Closed
Anyone who knows of an eligible child or caregiver/guardian may make a referral to ACASI. Those most likely to refer someone to ACASI include victim advocates, law enforcement and other first responders, school counselors or school psychologists, attorneys, and child welfare personnel. Any professional making a referral should follow relevant guidelines concerning confidentiality and consent to release information.
A child’s caregiver/guardian may also call ACASI to request services.
How do I make a referral or speak with ACASI about services? Accordion Closed
Is the confidentiality/release statement on the referral form required to begin the process? Accordion Closed
Can someone still receive ACASI services if the homicide happened several months or several years ago? Accordion Closed
Yes. We know that survivors need and want different types of help at different points in time. ACASI will provide services to children and their caregivers at any point after the homicide has occurred.