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Sussex County Municipal Alliance Committees on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Release Date: April 29, 2013

Sussex County Municipal Alliance Committees on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

What is a Municipal Alliance?

The Municipal Alliance program, which is administered through the Sussex County Department of Human Services, began with the creation of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) in 1989.

GCADA administers the State's $10 million Municipal 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.

Where does the money come from?

Funding to administer the program comes from the Drug Education Demand Reduction Fund (DEDR). It was established to collect fines from individuals who are convicted of a drug offense. County and Municipal Alliance award recipients are required to match 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 GCADA grants to total nearly $20 million per year in programs and activities.

Who do the Alliances benefit?

County grant awards fund Municipal Alliances who in turn plan for and develop local community and evidenced-based addiction prevention strategies and programs as well as public education and awareness activities at the local level. In 2012, the state's Alliances provided over 3,500 school and community-based programs and activities more than 55 percent of which are conducted in an educational setting; 21 percent of which offer safe and supervised alternative activities for youth; and the remainder of which are offered for early intervention programs, community-wide education of residents and to encourage collaborative community-based activities.

How can I get involved?

The Sussex County Municipal Alliance Committees are currently in the process of performing assessments of the current trends, needs, and behaviors regarding the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs within their communities. The information obtained will help them provide programs and services to counteract the negative impact of these behaviors.

The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton has extended an invitation for each Alliance to use their subscription to Survey Monkey, an internet based survey service. The Alliances have received individualized surveys to disseminate within their communities via email, local website, or flyers. Below are the web links to each Municipal Alliance's survey. The surveys are brief so please take a few minutes to fill out the survey for your hometown Alliance and then forward the link to your neighbors, friends and families. These surveys will be instrumental in developing prevention programs in your community. If you would like more information about Municipal Alliance or would like to volunteer to serve on your local committee, contact your local Municipal Alliance or Nick Loizzi, the Sussex County Alliance Coordinator at municipalalliance@sussex.nj.us or (973) 948-6000 ext. 1383.

Action (Newton, Green, Andover Borough, Andover Township) -

Central (Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette) -

Hardyston/Franklin -

Hopatcong -

Lenape Valley -

Ogdensburg -

Sandyston/Montague/Walpack -

Sparta -

Stillwater -

Sussex Wantage -

Vernon -

The information provided will be kept strictly confidential.


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