As 2015 comes to a close, we would like offer special thanks to all those who participate in the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, especially the volunteers, who give so generously of their time and spirit. We are grateful for all that you do, each and every day of the year, helping to create healthy and safe communities across the state of New Jersey.
Have a Beautiful Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year
The Council 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.
The Council receives funding to administer the program from the Drug Education 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 Council 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 Council 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.