The Arizona Attorney General’s Community Outreach and Education Division has been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families to implement a statewide drug education and prevention program for parents called Guiding Good Choices over the next year. Our office, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Department of Behavioral Health Services, will be working together to improve parenting skills, create awareness, and help to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Arizona families.
Beginning in September, the Community Outreach and Education Division will travel statewide conducting 2-hour parent workshops over a 5-week course. All Arizona parents and people parenting children are welcome to participate in the program. The Community Outreach and Education Division will be targeting three thousand parents of Arizona school children ages 9 - 14, with particular emphasis on the high needs, low resources areas of Gila, Mohave, Greenlee, Yavapai, and Pima Counties, which had the highest drug severity indices in 2012.
Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based program designed to teach parents skills that can help prevent drug and alcohol abuse in their families. By implementing the Guiding Good Choices program, the Community Outreach and Education Division seeks to improve family management and communication skills among parents who complete the course. It is the intention of the Community Outreach and Education Division for parents who complete the course to become positively and consistently engaged with their children, utilize the techniques of the program curriculum, and unequivocally convey their disapproval toward drug use to their children, which has been shown to reduce alcohol abuse and drug usage.