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 a 1996 voter initiative 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 severe 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 Commission comprises nine members, of whom five are parents, appointed by the Governor to serve two-year terms. Commissioners represent community members who work in fields specific to Education, the Courts, Law Enforcement, and Drug Treatment.

When does the Parents Commission meet?

The Commission meets six times annually, and all meetings are open to the public.

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

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

Who are the commissioners?

The nine commissioners include Denise Beagley (Chair and Parent Representative), Chief Robert Martin (Law Enforcement Representative), Marina Lantsman-Waugh (County Probation Representative), Lori Robinson (Educator Representative), Nicholas Stavros (Drug Treatment Representative), Deputy Chief of Staff Tracy Lopes (Parent Representative), Ariadne Weber (Parent Representative), Michael Klinkner (Parent Representative).

Are there currently any vacancies on the Parents Commission?

There is currently one vacancy for a Parent Representative on the 9-member Commission.

How do I become a Commissioner?

Click here to apply if you are interested in serving as a commissioner on the Commission.

How do I apply for funding?

Those interested in applying for the Parents Commission Grant 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. Register here to receive an e-mail notification from the ProcureAZ system.

When will the next RFGA be available?

Spring 2025.

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 happily connect you with our subgrantees providing prevention and educational programming in your community. E-mail your name, contact information, location, and requested programming/training to Nicole Valenzuela, Substance Abuse Manager.

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