Prevention Education Programs for Substance Abuse
(Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)
The Sussex County Alliance, which is separate from each of the Municipal Alliances, provides support to the local Municipal Alliances and oversees their activities.
Municipal Alliances are community-based volunteer committees, which were established in 1990 in each municipality to address each community’s unique substance abuse prevention needs and problems for all ages.
In Sussex County there are 11 Municipal Alliances representing all 24 towns. In New Jersey there are over 450 Alliances. There are approximately 10,000 volunteers statewide each year.
The role of the Municipal Alliances is to develop and provide prevention education programs, which meet their community’s particular needs. Some of the most prevalent programs currently provided by the municipalities are:
Funding -- The Alliance programs are provided assistance through the D.E.D.R. (Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction) funds. These are fines collected from persons convicted of a drug related offense. Each Alliance must undertake matching its grant with 25% cash and 75% in-kind account. Grants range from $3,263 to $22,178. Sussex County receives a total of $147,683.00 each year. These funds are distributed to the 11 Municipal Alliances.
If you would like to be involved with a Sussex County Municipal Alliance to participate in the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, contact Nick Loizzi, Sussex County Coordinator at 973-940-5200. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org