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High School Health and Wellness Program

The Governor Ducey's Office of Youth, Faith and Family is proud to announce that 31 applications, accounting for 38 Arizona high schools across six counties, have been awarded funding through the High School Health and Wellness Program. All awarded schools participated in a competitive grant solicitation process. This financial support to Arizona’s public and charter high schools is an ongoing effort by Governor Doug Ducey to ensure Arizona schools are equipped with the necessary resources to effectively educate and protect Arizona’s youth.

 “In order to foster healthy, drug-free behaviors we must engage in early, evidence-based prevention programs,” said Governor Ducey. “The dollars provided through the High School Health and Wellness program will enable school administrators to engage in proactive measures to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and increase the well-being of Arizona’s youth."

Awarded schools will implement evidence-based or evidence-informed primary prevention programs. Each school will also be given a complete primary prevention marketing toolkit to ensure every child in the school receives accurate and relevant information pertaining to alcohol and drug abuse.

“Competitive school-based prevention grants, such as this, not only support school systems but also encourage collaborative partnerships between the school and local substance abuse coalitions, non-profits and other community resources,” stated Debbie Moak Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

Many evidence-based prevention programs taking place in schools have been shown to develop more positive school climates and student teacher relationships thereby increasing school attendance and academic performance. The Arizona High School Health and Wellness Program has been built on the understanding that school attachment and student participation in positive school activities, such as substance abuse prevention programs, help protect children against risky behavior and reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Awarded High Schools:

Ajo High School

Alhambra High School

Arcadia High School

Cactus Shadow High School

Camelback High School

Cesar Chavez High School

Chandler High School

Chaparral High School

Chief Hill at ICAN

Chief Hill Learning Academy

City High School

Compadre High Schools

Corona del Sol High School

Desert Mountain High School

Desert Vista

Flowing Wells High School

Gilbert High School

Hiaki High Schools

Marana High School

Marcos de Niza

Maricopa High School

Maryvale High School

McClintock

Mesquite High School

Miami High School

Mountain View High School

Mountain Pointe High Schools

North Canyon High School

North High School

Peoria Accelerated High School

Pinnacle High School

Queen Creek High School

Round Valley High School

Santa Cruz Valley High School

Skyline High School

Tempe High School

Toltecalli

Willcox High School

Substance Abuse Task Force Recommendations

Governor Doug Ducey, through the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF), convened the Arizona Substance Abuse Task Force in Spring 2016. Debbie Moak, GOYFF Director, and Dr. Sara Salek, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Chief Medical Officer, co-chaired the Task Force. Twenty-nine individuals were appointed to serve as task force members, and several additional people with special expertise were invited to participate in work groups. In October, the Task Force concluded its work and submitted a formal report making 104 recommendations to Governor Ducey. The report contains recommendations for Arizona to consider regarding: prevention and early Intervention programs, access to treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. 

PDF icon Arizona Substance Abuse Recommendations

GOYFF Launches Drug Prevention Pilot

Governor Ducey’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family is pleased to announce the preliminary results of a seventh-grade pilot drug prevention program – Healthy Families – Healthy Youth. The pilot program funded through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Block Grant reached all fifteen counties impacting seventh-grade youth and their parents/caregivers across Arizona. The back-to-school night of education allowed participating seventh-grade families the opportunity to learn about the dangers of adolescent drug use and create a family prevention plan to stay drug free during this critical transition school year.

“We chose seventh grade because Arizona youth most often begin using alcohol or other drugs between 12 – 13 years of age,” stated Debbie Moak, Director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. “With nine out of ten addicts first drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or using other illicit drugs before the age of 18, it is imperative that we scale effective prevention programs to reach all Arizona youth and their families.”

Participating schools implemented the program during a back-to-school night, as not to interfere or detract from classroom instructional time. Many of the schools partnered with local substance abuse coalitions, county public health offices and other community resources on the night of the event to strengthen family, school and community relationships throughout the school year. 

“Been here 30 years and I was amazed at the parent and students working together to form a plan for saying no,” stated one program facilitator. “I felt that the material was non-threatening and blameless which gave our parents and students the freedom to carry on serious discussions.”

 PDF icon Healthy Families - Healthy Youth Pilot Program Preliminary Report

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The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family offers ongoing trainings and technical assistance for current Sub-grantees, Coalitions, Non-Profits, Government Entities, Tribal Nations, Education Districts, Colleges and Universities and the public in general.  Trainings will consist of Evidence-Based Curriculums, Prescription Drug Use, The AZ Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative Toolkit, Communities in Context, Grant Programs, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Issues.