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GCADA was established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2BB from which the Council executes three core functions:  policy and planning; public awareness and education; and, the administration of the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program.

The Council is an active and collaborative participant in the planning and coordination of New Jersey's addiction prevention, treatment, prevention policy and services, both through the development of a Comprehensive State Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan, submitted annually to the Governor and State Legislature, and its Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, the largest network of community-based anti-drug coalitions in the nation.

During this time of heightened public awareness, the Council is positively positioned to raise awareness and educate the general public and public officials about alcoholism and drug abuse through use of community partnerships, and a multitude of social media and other communications efforts.  These efforts have included numerous media campaigns, training events, and web-based/electronic outreach.

The GCADA's overarching strategic vision is a future characterized by safe and healthy families and communities.