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.
For FY20, the Parents Commission Grant is funding 27 grantees throughout the state of Arizona, along with three Collegiate Recovery Programs that support drug education and prevention efforts. Grant awards total $4.5 million and were selected based on a competitive grant process. The next request for Grant Applications (RFGA) will be available in early 2022. The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) uses the eCivis Grant Management System when issuing “Letters of Intent to Issue a Solicitation” for RFGAs.
The 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 may also serve as a parent. The Commission meets six times each year and all meetings are open to the public.