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GCADA was established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2BB from which the Council executes three core functions:  policy and planning; public awareness and education; and, the administration of the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program.

The Council leads efforts to plan for and coordinate New Jersey's addiction prevention, treatment, prevention policy and services through development of a Comprehensive State Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan submitted annually to the Governor and State Legislature.   The Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program is the largest network of community-based anti-drug coalitions in the nation. Thousands of community stakeholders serve on nearly 400 Alliances which encompass more than 530 municipalities in New Jersey.

The Council is uniquely positioned to raise awareness and educate the general public and public officials about alcoholism and drug abuse through use of its "bully‚Äźpulpit" as well as community partnerships, and a multitude of social media and other communications efforts.  These efforts have included numerous media campaigns, training events, and web-based/electronic outreach.

The GCADA's overarching strategic vision is a future characterized by safe and healthy families and communities.  The Council shall achieve this vision by exercising its critical advisory role to the Governor and State Legislature to be an effective force in shaping state addiction and related policy.