One Bergen County Plaza, New Jersey, Hackensack 07601
Purpose The Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, initiated in 1989, exemplifies a public/private partnership at the community level to prevent alcoholism and substance abuse. Currently 90% of all municipalities in Bergen County have active Municipal Alliances comprised of mayors, community members, law enforcement, educators, and youth. Funds Throughout the state Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) funds collected by fines imposed on those convicted of drug-related offenses are used by The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Abuse (GCADA) to issue grants to each county in New Jersey. The Bergen County Department of Health Services, with oversight by the County Alliance Steering Subcommittee, coordinates local municipal alliances. Every alliance plans and implements substance abuse prevention programs for their community using DEDR funds and money raised through local fundraising efforts. Programs Each year several hundred programs and events that target all age groups are conducted throughout the county.