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 Cristina 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 closed for this event.
  • AZPOST Training Credit available for sworn personnel.
  • Continuing Education Credit (CLE) available for attorneys and counselors.
  • Scholarships are no longer available.

View a list of hotels in the vicinity here.

The AZ Drug Summit was made possible by funding from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partnership for Success Grant; Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Governor's Office of Highway Safety; US Drug Enforcement Administration; and MATFORCE. Support for the Summit was provided by the following sponsors: 


 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



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.

 Community Coach training

Are you interested in making a real difference in your community and having a positive impact on a person's life?

Consider serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after serving in prison.

Volunteer coaches give formerly incarcerated individuals the opportunity
» for community support
» the ability to build healthy relationships
» to create hope for their future

Receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for former inmates. No experience, prior qualifications or education needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

Prescott Valley

8056 E Valley Rd, Ste B, Prescott Valley

Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Public Safety Building
199 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

To register for this free class contact Brenda at or (928) 708-0100.


 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.

 Celebrate Recovery Month 2018

September is Recovery Month

  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

 Bike With Me, Be Drug Free

FREE Child Safety Event and Bike Rodeo









Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Yavapai College - Prescott Campus | 1100 E Sheldon St., Supai Lot

FREE Bike With Me, Be Drug Free child safety event and bike rodeo open to all area youth!

Bike With Me events include:

  • Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Do Right
  • Car seat checks for parents with car seats already installed in their vehicle
  • Free seats will be available in limited quantities
  • Bike safety workshops
  • Fingerprint ID kits
  • Free bike helmets
  • Face painting by Artistic Magic

Sponsors include: Yavapai College Police Dept., MATFORCE, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Police Dept., Prescott Valley Police Dept., Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe Police Dept., Yavapai County Community Health Services, Yavapai Regional Medical Center - Healthy Families Az


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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