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Municipal Alliance Committees on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Release Date: September 09, 2016

Sussex County Municipal Alliance Committees on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Municipal Alliance Strategic Plan for Sussex County has entered the third year of its five year grant cycle. This cycle consists of annual plans that are effective during the fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. The Fiscal Year 2017 Strategic Plan was approved by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) on May 18, 2016. The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted the plan in April 2016 and at its August 10, 2016 meeting entered into an agreement with GCADA to provide funding for alcohol and drug abuse prevention programming to the Municipal Alliances. Programs that have been approved within the plan began on July 1, 2016.

The FY2017 Strategic Plan for Sussex County consists of over 90 programs that will be conducted by the 11 Municipal Alliances as well as Countywide programs overseen by the Department of Human Services, Division of Community and Youth Services. Readers may be familiar with many of these programs but don't realize the connection between them and the Municipal Alliances. The grant award for Sussex County is $210,366.00.

There are 11 Municipal Alliance Committees representing 22 of the 24 communities in Sussex County. The 11 Municipal Alliances and the programs they provide or support are:

  • Action Municipal Alliance (serving Andover Borough, Andover Township, Green and Newton);
    • Newton Day
    • Boys Council/Girls Circle
    • Parenting for Prevention
    • Freshmen Orientation/ Freshmen Volleyball
    • Positive Alternatives for Prevention
    • Community/Family Events
    • Latino Outreach Series
  • Central Municipal Alliance (serving Branchville, Frankford, and Lafayette);
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Project Graduation
    • Peer to Peer
    • Project Alert
    • Community Asset Building
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • L.E.A.D.
    • PRIDE
  • Hardyston/Franklin Municipal Alliance;
    • L.E.A.D.
    • Red Ribbon (Franklin)
    • Red Ribbon (Hardyston)
    • Project Graduation
    • Healthy Choices
    • Health Ease Seniors Program
    • I Tune Out Drugs Dance Series
    • Healthy Cooking Wellness Series
    • Hardyston Concerts in the Park
    • Change the Face of Addiction Community Walk for Prevention
  • Hopatcong Municipal Alliance;
    • Community Asset Building
    • Teen Seminar
    • Seniors are Wise
    • Sussex County Girls on the Run
    • Heroes After School Program
    • Project Graduation
    • Stand with Hopatcong
    • Municipal Alliance Training
  • Lenape Valley Municipal Alliance (serving Byram and Stanhope);
    • L.E.A.D.
    • MAC (Municipal Alliance Committee programming)
    • Peer to Peer
    • Project Graduation
    • Community ATOD Awareness
    • Municipal Alliance Training
  • Ogdensburg Municipal Alliance;
    • Teen Canteen
    • Seniors are Wise
    • L.E.A.D.
    • Footprints
    • Parents Education Program
    • We're Not Buying It! 2.0
    • Municipal Alliance Training
  • Sandyston/Montague/Walpack Municipal Alliance;
    • L.E.A.D.
    • Sunny Seeds
    • Summer Recreation Program
    • Step-Up Against Drugs
    • Girls on the Run
    • Project Graduation
  • Sparta Municipal Alliance Resource Team (SMART);
    • Girls Circle
    • Boys Council
    • Get Bully Smart
    • 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens
    • Drug Trend Update
    • Hidden in Plain Sight
    • Girls on the Run
    • WISE
    • Footprints for Life
    • Municipal Alliance Training
  • Stillwater Municipal Alliance;
    • SEEK
    • L.E.A.D.
    • Community Asset Building
    • Peer Leadership Training
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • Footprints
    • Drug Trend Update
    • Municipal Alliance Training
    • Project Graduation
  • Sussex/Wantage Municipal Alliance;
    • Community ATOD Program
    • L.E.A.D.
    • Project Graduation
    • Red Ribbon Week
    • WISE
    • Be Wise About Your Medications
    • Positive Alternatives Group
    • Recreation Prevention Activities
    • STEP
    • Substance Abuse Workbooks
  • Vernon Municipal Alliance;
    • Summer Recreation
    • Peer Leaders
    • After School Programming.

The Division of Youth and Community Services, Municipal Alliance Coordinator oversees Countywide programs. They are:

  • County Alliance Network Training
  • Boys Council (at the Sussex County Charter School)
  • Girls' Circle (at the Sussex County Charter School)
  • DSAC - Alcohol and Other Drugs concerns for People with Disabilities
  • Youth Leadership - 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens (at the S.C. Charter School)
  • Senior Citizen Health Promotion and Education
  • Sussex County Military Support Project

All of the programs presented by the Municipal Alliances must follow the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America's (CADCA) Strategic Prevention Framework. For a program to be accepted it must contain several of CADCA's seven strategies for community level change. These can be individually focused (provide information, build skills, provide social support) or community focused (reduce barriers/enhance access, change consequences/incentives, alter the physical design of the environment, change policy and rules). Each of the Municipal Alliance Committees worked very hard to meet these criteria in preparing their programming.

Each Municipal Alliance Committee consists of members from the community it serves. They are volunteer-driven committees dedicated to providing substance abuse prevention programs and activities within their communities. If you would like more information about the Municipal Alliance in your community or to volunteer for your Municipal Alliance Committee or one of the county committees that oversee the program, contact Nick Loizzi, the Sussex County Municipal Alliance Coordinator at (973) 940-5200 ext. 1383.

A message from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Community and Youth Services, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 973-940-5200 Fax 862-268-8013 communityservices@sussex.nj.us.

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