The local Municipal Alliance is part of "GCADA" – Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. This Council was established by the Legislature to review and coordinate New Jersey’s efforts regarding the education, prevention, treatment, research and evaluation for, and public awareness of, alcoholism and drug abuse.
The MAC - Municipal Alliance Committee/Coalition is the local Municipal Alliance Program, which is a network of volunteer driven, locally based, education and public awareness programs to plan & develop community addiction prevention strategies and programs as well as public education and awareness activities.
The Municipal Alliances are established by Municipal Ordinance and include 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.
Where does the funding come from?
The CGADA receives funding to administer the Program from the Drug Education Demand Reduction Fund (DEDR) established to collect fines from individuals 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.
Ryan's Story: “Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Youth Depression”, a presentation by John Halligan. John Halligan’s son, Ryan, died by suicide on Oct. 7, 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online. He was 13 years old. Mr. Halligan’s presentation covered the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. Parents were empowered with strategies to take preventive actions with their own children. For more information please visit http://www.RyanPatrickHalligan.org
- 8th Grade After-Party: The LP PTO sponsors an 8th grade dance in June each year. In an effort to include all the 8th graders for all events associated with their class, the Alliance began an event to continue the party at another location where they can just be kids. The after-party took the pressure off for kids who may not be invited to a "private" gathering at someone's house or a pizza party at the local hang-out. The 8th graders board at bus after the dance and are transported to the Community Center for a few more hours of music, dancing, fun and a few surprises.