WHAT IS MAC?
MAC stands for the Municipal Alliance Committee. In 1989, New Jersey adopted legislation creating the Governorís Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Funding for the program comes from fines related to the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction program, with a 25% cash match raised by each municipalities Alliance. The creation of the alliance was based on the understanding that the cooperation and active participation of all communities in the State is necessary to achieve the goal of reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) abuse. The Allianceís goal is to develop alcoholism and drug abuse prevention and public awareness programs and networks in every municipality in the state.
Each alliance is responsible for organizing efforts involving schools, law enforcement, business groups and other community organizations for the purpose of reducing alcohol and drug abuse. Additionally, the Alliance can offer programs that engage youth in healthy, positive and drug free activity during non-school hours, as an effective prevention strategy offering youth alternative to less constructive activities, such as substance abuse (including mentoring programs, community service and ongoing, structured recreational activities).
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