Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) has acquired DrugFreeAZKids.org, a 501(c)3 organization whose Mission is to prevent and reduce youth drug and alcohol use through community education and awareness by providing parents, caregivers, healthcare providers, educators and others with educational tools, information and resources.
DrugFreeAZKids.org, the Arizona Affiliate of the national Partnership for a Drug-Free America (now Partnership for Drug-Free Kids), was founded in 2003 and is responsible for local governance, fundraising and sustainability. The national organization was formed in 1986 and is based in New York City. Best known for the television message, “This is your brain, this is your brain on drugs,” the national Partnership has a track record of measurable successes over 25 years, including changes in attitudes toward drugs that result in actual reductions in drug use. DrugFreeAZKids.org is proud to be endorsed by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police for outstanding work in prevention.
Aligning the Missions of both of these organizations will allow SB&H to further enhance its impact on community awareness and education. “The acquisition of this program will advance the agency’s efforts to address the prevention of substance use among youth and families on a statewide level,” said Ed McClelland, SB&H’s Vice President of Community Services.