As 2013 draws to a close, the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse would like to acknowledge the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for their efforts, and thank you for your extraordinary dedication to creating healthy and safe communities. We wish you all a beautiful holiday season and a healthy and happy 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 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.