Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG)

The Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) is awarded through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)GOYFF invests $5.9 million each year in Arizona high schools to implement substance use prevention and early intervention services to youth. SABG dollars allow schools to develop and implement evidence based drug prevention programs; screening and assessment of behavioral health and substance abuse; after school opportunities for more healthy youth engagement; and annual back to school night drug education for families and faculty.

SABG funding is also used to expand PAX Tools and PAX Good Behavior Game (GBG) across Arizona. GOYFF has partnered with the PAXIS Institute, an Arizona-based international prevention science company, to facilitate PAX Tools community educator trainings, provide site specific coaching for those trained in PAX GBG and establish a PAX statewide implementation infrastructure by increasing state PAX GBG capacity. PAX Tools is a collection of trauma-informed, evidence-based behavioral strategies for families and communities to promote the development of self-regulation of the children in their lives. PAX GBG builds self-regulation in young people by creating shared relational frames with adults and peers. By reinforcing desirable behaviors and inhibiting unwanted behaviors, children develop agency and command to delay gratification and reduce impulsivity. This increase in pro-social behavior and self-regulation paves the way for remarkably better academic, behavioral, and lifetime outcomes. PAX GBG also develops and strengthens peer networks to improve relationships now and in the future.

In addition, these dollars support GOYFF's partnership with the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC), for the Underage Alcohol Prevention Program. This prevention campaign targets teens, licensed establishments, and law enforcement officers across the state to educate Arizonans on the dangers and consequences of consuming alcohol while underage, which could include: school problems, social problems, physical and sexual assaults, and possibly death. Law enforcement officers are trained on Title IV liquor laws and/or new fraudulent identification trends, ensuring that they are familiar with laws and ordinances that were designed to prevent underage drinking. The DLLC provides training to licensed establishments that sell alcohol to ensure they are familiar with the latest trends occurring with underage persons attempting to purchase alcohol; this training includes active participation in the development and implementation of a statewide underage drinking campaign to include sticker/poster shock handouts. 

If you have questions about this program or would like to be connected to grantees who are currently providing prevention and educational programming in your community, please email your name, contact information, location, and requested programming/training to Alfreda Moore, Program Administrator.

Click here to view SABG Frequently Asked Questions. 

High School Health and Wellness Subgrantees

  • Ajo
  • Alhambra
  • Arcadia
  • Cactus Shadows
  • Camelback
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Chandler High School/ Chief Hill Learning Academy
  • Chaparral
  • City High
  • Compadre
  • Corona del Sol
  • Desert Mountain
  • Desert Vista
  • Gilbert
  • McClintock
  • Marana
  • Marcos de Niza
  • Maryvale
  • Mesquite
  • Miami
  • Mountain Pointe
  • Mountain View
  • North Canyon
  • North High
  • Peoria Accelerated
  • Queen Creek
  • Round Valley
  • Santa Cruz
  • Skyline
  • Toltecalli/ Envision
  • Tempe
  • Wilcox
Next Request for Grant Applications (RFGA): TBD

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