Jennifer Sorensen, Municipal Alliance Coordinator
|Mail:||27 Warren Street, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876|
Municipal Alliances are community-based prevention organizations, comprised of volunteers, that are located in all 21 counties in New Jersey. The Alliances plan, coordinate, and conduct alcoholism, tobacco, and other drug abuse activities. Statewide, Municipal Alliances provide over 3,800 prevention programs.
Municipal Alliance Committee
The governing body of each municipality may appoint a Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC), which identifies alcoholism and drug prevention and education needs in the community. Membership includes representatives of schools, courts, law enforcement, religious and social service organizations, parents, businesses, recovering persons, and concerned citizens.
Municipal Alliance Committees help to combat alcoholism and drug abuse by:
- Empowering residents concerned about substance abuse to provide prevention programs in their community.
- Conducting a Strategic Plan of the community's alcoholism and drug abuse prevention resources and needs.
- Developing and submitting a Municipal Alliance Plan for the expenditure of funds derived from fines of drug offenders for the implementation of alcoholism and drug abuse prevention activities for community members of all ages.
- Coordinating prevention projects within the municipality to avoid fragmentation and duplication.
Municipal Alliance programs are coordinated and networked through the Somerset County Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Coordinator and the Somerset County Municipal Alliance Coordinator.
Municipal Alliance prevention plans are reviewed and approved by the County Alliance Steering Committee (CASS) and Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (LACADA). A plan is approved for Somerset County and submitted to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse for final approval and funding.
Municipal Alliance Committees in Somerset County include:
Bernards (Municipal Alliance Website)
Hillsborough/Millstone (Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance Website)
Manville (Manville Municipal Alliance Website)
North Plainfield (North Plainfield Municipal Alliance Website)
Bound Brook/South Bound Brook
Watchung Hills (Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance)