Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Parents Commission FAQ

What is the Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention?

The Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention was created by voter initiative in 1996 and established by A.R.S. §41-1604.17. The Parents Commission receives funds from the Drug Treatment and Education Fund, established by A.R.S. §13-901.02, to fund programs that increase and enhance parental involvement, and increase education about the serious risks and public health problems caused by the abuse of alcohol and controlled substances.

Who comprises the AZ Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention?

The Parents Commission is comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor to serve two-year terms. Commissioners represent members of the community who work in fields specific to Education, the Courts, Law Enforcement and Drug Treatment. Commissioners also can serve as a parent. 

When does the Parents Commission meet?

The Commission meets six times each year and all meetings are open to the public.

Where can I find upcoming meeting information and information from past meetings?

Information about upcoming meetings is posted in advance to the online events calendar.  To view agendas, minutes and materials from past meetings, click here. 

Who are the commissioners?

The nine commissioners include: Asst. Chief Bryan Cox (Chair), Denise Beagley, Eric Meaux, Dr. Bryan Harris, Dr. David Reede, Laura Ciscomani, Kristine FireThunder, Raynee Schneider, Beatriz Hurtado.

Are there currently any vacancies on the Parents Commission?

No, currently there are no vacancies on the 9-member commission.

How do I become a Commissioner?

If you are interested in serving as a commissioner on the Parents Commission and would like to be considered when a future vacancy arises, click here to apply.

What Collegiate Recovery Programs are currently funded?

Currently, for the State Fiscal Year 2020, we have 3 Collegiate Recovery Programs that include: Arizona State UniversityNorthern Arizona University, and University of Arizona.

How do I apply for funding?

Those interested in applying for the Parents Commission Grant (excluding collegiate programs) must participate in a competitive grant process. The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) uses the Arizona State Procurement Office’s ProcureAZ eProcurement system when issuing “Letters of Intent to Issue a Solicitation” for RFGAs. If interested in receiving an e-mail notification from the ProcureAZ system, register here.

When will the next RFGA be available?


How are the applications reviewed?

Applications are reviewed by teams representing Rural, Tribal and Urban communities throughout Arizona. 

What is the maximum award amount?

The maximum annual award is $200,000. It is renewable annually.

How do I get connected to programs currently being offered in my community?

We would be happy to connect you with our subgrantees who are currently providing prevention and educational programming in your community. E-mail your name, contact information, location, and requested programming/training to Nicole Valenzuela, Program Administrator. 

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021


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