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 Commission is comprised of nine members, five of those being parents, 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. The Commission meets six times each year and all meetings are open to the public.

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: Denise Beagley (Chair & Parent Representative), Chief Robert Martin (Law Enforcement Representative), Marina Lantsman-Waugh (County Probation Representative), Kristine FireThunder (Parent Representative), Raynee Schneider (Parent Representative), Michael Klinkner (Parent Representative), Lori Robinson (Educator Representative), and Nicholas Stavros (Drug Treatment 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?

If you are interested in serving as a commissioner on the Parents Commission, click here to apply.

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. If interested in receiving an e-mail notification from the ProcureAZ system, register here.

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 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, Mar. 22, 2023

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2023

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2023

Wednesday, May. 3, 2023

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