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Early Action Kit

Early Action Kit Early Action Kit

Five FH locations anonymously distribute our Early Action Kit. This free parent resource contains a drug screen and early intervention steps for parents concerned about possible teen drug use.

Early Action Kit Cover


The Early Action Kits are easy for Fountain Hills parents to obtain and designed to be discreet. You may pick one up at the following locations:

  • Carma Blackburn, LCSW
    16712 E. Ave. of the Fountains

  • Dr. Matthew J. Hummel, MD
    16838 E. Palisades Blvd.
    Building C #153

  • Deputy Jill Ochsner
    FHUSD Resource Officer, MCSO
    Fountain Hills High School

  • Fountain Hills Fire
    Fire Station 1 and Administrative Offices:
    16246 Palisades Boulevard

  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
    Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO):
    Administration Office located on the1st floor of Town Hall
    16705 E. Ave. of the Fountains
    Non-emergency Telephone: 480-837-2047

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Safe Homes Network - 500 Families Strong and Growing!

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The Safe Homes Network of Fountain Hills, Arizona is a group of concerned parents and citizens who have taken a pledge not to allow the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs to youth, under the age of 21, in our home. We are taking a pro-active step to protect our children from the harmful, often deadly, consequences of alcohol and illegal drug use.



Did you know? In Arizona, it is illegal for anyone to supply alcohol to a
person under the age of 21 under any circumstances. In doing so, the crime
is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a fine of $2500 and 3 years
probation. In addition, you can be held liable for any injuries caused by (or
to) the minor as a result of the alcohol consumption.

Recent studies show that children as young as age 12, are beginning to experiment with alcohol and marijuana use. As a parent, it is our job to protect and support our children as they navigate through adolescence. On our own, that can be difficult to do. The Safe Homes Network Pledge is to help encourage normal, healthy behavior in our teens, which excludes the use of alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs.

The Safe Homes Network Pledge is not a legal document, rather it is intended to be a show of good faith and a means for communicating with your child and other parents. Join the Network and enjoy these benefits:

  • Openly communicate with other parents in the Safe Homes Network
  • Protect your children more effectively by joining forces with other parents
  • Access to the Safe Homes Network Directory
  • Use the Pledge to clearly communicate family expectations about substance abuse to your children
  • Create a healthy community where underage use of alcohol and illegal drug use is not the "norm"

Take the pledge: CLICK HERE

Take the Pledge Event
Parents with list of those that have signed the pledge

Directory Login

Admin Login

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Text-A-Tip is a program that allows people to report crimes anonymously. The FH Coalition oversees the marketing and funding of this program. We collaborate with Maricopa County Sheriff's Office of Fountain Hills who monitors and implements the program. This national prevention strategy allows for a 7 minute response to a tip that is received via text from a citizen. The entire community has embraced this anonymous tip line and many underage drinking parties have been averted or brought safely under control after MCSO received anonymous tips. Through the Coalition, it allows citizens and students to send anonymous tips via text message from a mobile phone.

TAT Park Entrance TAT Container Ad TAT Park Sign
Over 60 containers display Text-A-Tip instructions throughout parks in Fountain Hills.

TAT Bus Ad

A partnership with Fountain Hills Unified School District adds
roving promotion of this community-based prevention strategy.

Sign with Images on TAT TAT Description TAT Promotion
Text-A-Tip instructions are displayed in over 100 Plexiglas holders throughout the
school campuses of Fountain Hills and are available throughout schools and the town in a reference card format.
TAT CardTAT card

TAT Booth TAT Table in Gym

Captain Rodrieguez (MCSO) shares Text-A-Tip information with local residents during Cyclovia (left) and the PTO Boutique (above)

Text-A-Tip teams with local businesses

The Fountain Hills Coalition partners with local merchants to help spread the word about Text-A-Tip. For one month merchants place a Text-A-Tip flier in a highly visible location (on a door, window, main counter, etc.) and Text-A-Tip "business cards" by their registers. Businesses are showcased in a front page ad of The Fountain Hills Times each month. If your business would like to participate, please contact Maria at

THANK YOU to more than 300 local merchants who
have supported Text-A-Tip since September of 2011!

TAT Supporting Merchants

H&R Block Beall's Outlet That Guy's Piza Fantastic Sams Maxwell Preschool Academy Allehunde Gym for Dogs Super Cleaners

SRO Deputy

SRO Deputy Jill Ochsner explaining "Text-A-Tip" during 8 unique sessions to FHMS students during Red Ribbon Day.





CLICK HERE for Articles about Text-A-Tip

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Prescription Drug Drop Box

A drop box is available during office hours at Town Hall for disposal of unwanted or expired prescription medications. A joint effort with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Town of Fountain Hills and the FH Coalition, the permanent drop box was installed in the fall of 2014.

The drop box is located in the Town Hall lobby, just outside the Sheriff's Office entry. It is similar to a mail box with a slot at the top to pull open and drop in the unused prescriptions. The box is secured, allowing only a Sheriff's deputy to open it. The medication is then destroyed by authorities using a secure process that also documents the amount of medications destroyed and the date.

Prescriptions in the form of pills and patches are acceptable. Liquids, inhalers, Epi Pens and syringes are not allowed. Lt. Marty Overton recommends keeping pills in the original vials but blacking out any personal information or removing the label completely. Pet medications are also accepted as long as they meet the above criteria.

Prescription Drug Drop Box     Prescription Drug Drop Box

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Winners of 2013 Annual Gingerbread Contest!

Thank you for your participation in the Gingerbread House contest! The entries will be on display at the Fountain Hills Community Center until Friday, December 24th. Be sure to check them out!

Also please note that entries now must be picked up by December 24th at Noon, as the Community Center will close that day until early January for renovations!

Thank you to our judges Mayor Kavanagh, Jenny Willigrod & Sonja Ort
Judging was held Saturday, December 7th in four categories:

Teen (Ages 13 – 17)
Youth (Ages 12 and under) and
Best in Show

CLICK HERE to download printable PDF of 2013 Contest Results

Family Winner 1st Family 2013 2nd Place
Family - 1st Place
Christine Porter Family
Family - 2nd Place
Devri Quintana Family

2013 Teen 1st Place GBH Teen 2nd Place
Teen - 1st Place
Kevin Perreault
Teen - 2nd Place
Ashley Beck

GBH Youth 1st Place GBH Youth 2nd Place 2013
Youth - 1st Place
Hunter Reed
Youth - 2nd Place
Hannah Bell and Friends

GBH Best in Show 2013
Best in Show
Steve Perry Family

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Gingerbread Table Display

Boy and Gingerbread House
Previous Contests

Above that Club with Gingerbread House
Above That Club with their Gingerbread House

Large Gingerbread House   Large Gingerbread House
The life-size Gingerbread house is placed around town in the months of November and December promoting Safe Homes Network and the contest.
Gingerbread House Second Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Three (Dog) Gingerbread House Four Gingerbread House Five

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