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

The Council is an active and collaborative participant in the planning and coordination of New Jersey's addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services, both through the development of a Comprehensive State Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan, and its Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, the largest network of community-based anti-drug coalitions in the nation.

During this time of heightened public awareness, the Council is positively positioned to raise awareness and provide education about alcoholism and drug abuse through use of community partnerships, public awareness campaigns, technical assistance, and collaboration with state agencies and stakeholders.

The GCADA's overarching strategic vision is a future characterized by safe and healthy families and communities.