The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) administers the State’s $10 million Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program which is the largest network of community-based anti-drug coalitions in the nation with thousands of stakeholders serving on nearly 400 Alliances encompassing more than 530 municipalities throughout New Jersey.
Municipal Alliances are established by municipal ordinance and engage residents, local government and law enforcement officials, schools, nonprofit organizations, the faith community, parents, youth and other allies in efforts to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse in communities throughout New Jersey.
GCADA receives funding to administer the program from the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction Fund (DEDR) established to collect fines from individuals who are assessed such when convicted of a drug offense. County and Municipal Alliance award recipients are required to match the GCADA grants with a cash-match of 25% of the award and 75% in-kind-services. This matching requirement is unique in the country and has the effect of doubling the impact of the GCADA grants to total nearly $20 million per year in programs and activities.
County grant awards fund Municipal Alliances, which plan for and develop evidenced-based and community level prevention strategies, to target substance abuse in their communities.
In 2016, eighteen Union County Municipal Alliances ran 139 different activities within their communities impacting over 84,160 citizens – adults and children. Over 3,490 volunteers assisted with those activities, and over 263 Municipal Alliance Committee members volunteered their time on these worthwhile programs.