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 (SAMHSA). GOYFF invests $5.9 million each year to organizations in Arizona to implement substance use prevention and early intervention services to youth, adults, families, and communities. SABG dollars allow organizations to develop and implement evidence based drug prevention programs; screening and assessment of behavioral health and substance abuse.

SABG funding is also used to 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. 

These dollars are 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, funding also supports the Trauma Informed Substance Abuse Prevention Program (TISAPP). The program was created to support and expand the utilization of the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) in a comprehensive approach to preventing substance abuse. This is done through culturally competent evidence-based programs and promising practices, which focus on increasing protective factors and building resilience, while increasing awareness of the impact of trauma. Organizations who have received funding have developed programs that address the issue of the use and misuse of at least one of the following substances: vaping, alcohol, wax pens, marijuana, polysubstance or other community identified drug trends.

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. 

FY2021 Trauma Informed Primary Prevention Program Grant Awardees

Next Request for Grant Applications (RFGA): Fall 2022

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