Arizona Drug Summit

Uniting for Solutions


Two Day Event!
September 24 - 25, 2018
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Keynote Speaker: Bertha Madras, Ph.D.
Harvard professor, research scientist, inventor, educator, writer and member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis will present Elements of Effective Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.

Featured Speakers:  
Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney
Dr. Cara Christ, Director, AZ Department of Health Services Shana Malone, Clinical Initiatives Project Manager, AHCCCS
Maria Fuentes, Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family Jo McGuire, Jo McGuire Inc.
Colonel Frank Milstead, Director, AZ Department of Public Safety  
Summit Topics:
• Emerging Drug Threats in Arizona:  Meth, Marijuana, Synthetic Drugs, in the Midst of an Opioid Crisis
• Arizona’s Drug Landscape – Myths, Facts and Challenges
• The Role that Trauma Plays in Drug Use and Addiction
• Sneak Peek of the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey
• Impact of Substance Use on Businesses and the Workforce
• Innovative Programs that has Arizona Leading the Way in Treating Opioid Use Disorder
• Keeping Communities Whole through Collaborative Partnerships

Learn first-hand successes and challenges and how we can unite for solutions from government officials, treatment professionals, the medical community, school personnel, prevention experts, law enforcement, harm reduction experts and the business community.

  • $50 registration fee includes 2-day event.
  • Registration is now open. Register here today!
  • AZPOST Training Credit available for sworn personnel.
  • Continuing Education Credit (CLE) available for attorneys and counselors.
  • Scholarships available. Apply today!

View a list of hotels in the vicinity here.


This summit was made possible by funding and support from the following sponsors, including the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family - Keeping Communities Whole Through Collaborative Partnerships and:



 From Inmate to Citizen

Understanding the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community

Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated? Incarceration affects the incarcerated individual and their loved ones after release.

Learn about:

  • Difficulties people experience transitioning from prison into the community
  • The different thinking and processing skills between someone who is incarcerated and someone who is not
  • Identify differences in prison culture and daily life
  • Increase awareness about generational trauma
  • Keys to successful reintegration
  • How to communicate with returning individuals
  • How we, as a community, can help individuals return home successfully

Limited seating. No registration required to attend.
Questions? Contact or (928) 708-0100

Prescott Valley

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Prescott Valley Public Library ~ Crystal Room
7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley



Thursday, November 15, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cottonwood Public Safety Building ~ Multi-Purpose Room
199 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood


 Parenting Education Classes

Parenting is hard work.  We're here to help.MATFORCE partners with multiple organizations to offer FREE parenting education classes across the county.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 

A 6-week class on how to reduce the stress of parenting and raise respectful, responsible children.

Guiding Good Choices 

Find answers on how to improve the bond with your child, increase child involvement in the family, and reduce the risk of teenage drug use and other stressful behaviors in this 5-week class.

Click here to view a calendar of FREE parenting classes and workshops.

 Monthly Youth Drug and Alcohol Impact Panel


See calendar for dates and locations.


 Connecting Communities Symposium

Please join us for the inaugural Connecting Communities Symposium!

Register today to attend an engaging day of collaboration and information including a series of panels featuring key community leaders whom are working on creative solutions to critical issues.

Topics will address community health, family violence, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, and more. The unique collaborative efforts that are successful in Yavapai County will also be highlighted. Opportunities to ask questions and engage with the panelists will be available throughout the day.

Special Guest Panel Moderator: Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney
Featured panelists include:
•  Chief Debora Black, Prescott Police Department
•  Leslie Horton, Director, Yavapai County Community Health Services
•  Chief Gerald Monahan, Yavapai College Police Department
•  Commander Nate Auvenshine, Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking
•  Shawn Hatch, Chief Clinical Officer, West Yavapai Guidance Center

•  John Schuderer, Chair, Yavapai County Suicide Prevention Coalition
•  Commander Jeff Newnum, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
•  Robin Burke, Stepping Stones
•  John Morris, Chief of Adult Probation
•  Kristie Hambrick, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
•  Jessi Hans, Coalition for Compassion and Justice
•  Carole Benedict, US Vets
•  Jennifer Martinez, Spectrum Health Care
Click here to register today for this free event. Lunch will be provided.

 Behavior Breakdown Class

Fostering Hope through Trauma Informed Parenting Strategies

Does your child struggle with these behaviors?
Lying, Stealing , Defiance, Aggression, Meltdowns, Antagonizing, Anxiety,
Social Challenges, Isolation, Hoarding, Incontinence, Food Issues

Join us for a free class for Families with Challenging Children(Adopted, Foster, Attachment Disorders, ADD, Autism and more)

3 sessions: Wednesdays - August 15th, 22nd, and 29th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Camp Verde Library
130 Black Ridge Loop Road, Camp Verde

RSVP to or (928) 708-1000


 Celebrate Recovery

Recovery Month 2018

Cottonwood Recovery Celebration

Saturday, September 22, 2018  ~ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Garrison Park | 100 Brian Mickelsen Pkwy, Cottonwood

» Testimony from people in recovery
» Free lunch and children’s activities
» Information on community resources
» Live music


Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Flyer with address and phone info

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