The Arizona Department of Economic Security, or AZDES, provides social services to residents. The DES classifies services based on six areas of client needs: Basic Needs, Child & Family, Employment, Disabilities, Aging & Adult, and Employers. The AZ.gov website provides a comprehensive list of each service available under each category.
Services include child care, financial support, food security, health insurance and utility assistance, as well as assistance for family caregivers and matters of domestic violence. The DES also provides short-term crisis intervention and state assistance for tuberculosis control and child safety seat programs.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security provides employment security services such as unemployment benefits, job search and job preparation assistance, foreign labor certification, outreach programs for migrant seasonal farm workers, and employment assistance for veterans and the visually impaired.
The Arizona DES provides several services for disabled Arizonans. These services include early intervention programs, long-term care, employment resources, rehabilitation and assistance with independent living.
The elderly are eligible for several social services through DES. Adult protective services, Medicare assistance, energy assistance, home and community-based services, nutrition services, legal care, long-term care, telephone discount programs, short-term care, refugee assistance, and support for caregivers are services offered through the state of Arizona.