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Department of Human Services

Division of Public Health

Atlantic County Alliance

Helping Communities Combat Substance Abuse Since 1990

Created in 1990, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) oversees the Alliance Program on the statewide level. GCADA receives money from the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction Fund (DEDR) which is derived from fines that are levied upon people convicted of drug offenses. The money is granted to each county and then awarded to each municipality with a Municipal Alliance, established by municipal ordinance. Each municipality must match its grant with 25% cash and 75% in-kind monies. During fiscal year 2020, Atlantic County, as a whole, will receive a base grant of $314,500 during the funding cycle for prevention programming. The grant allows for $60,000 of these funds to be used for coordination and $14,041 for countywide programming. The remaining funds are distributed to the 18 local Municipal Alliances.

Statewide, the Municipal Alliances exist in over 500 of New Jersey’s municipalities offering over 2,000 drug and alcohol prevention programs, serving thousands of residents. Locally, Atlantic County has 18 active municipal alliances, representing 23 communities. We have a 91% participation rate of community involvement in this program. There are over 200 volunteers working within these Alliances who administer, fund and/or run 130 substance abuse prevention programs. The Atlantic County Alliance includes representatives from: Local Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Council, Atlantic County Superintendent of Schools Office, Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Youth Services Commission, Atlantic County School Board Association, Atlantic County health agencies, Atlantic County mental health agencies, the New Jersey Education Association, Family Part of the Chancery Division of Family Court, and local business and service providers.

Board Meeting Dates
County Alliance Programs
Municipal Alliance Programs
Municipal Alliance Coordinators
Atlantic County Alliance - County Alliance Steering Committee (CASS)
County Alliance Objectives

For more information on the Municipal Alliance program in Atlantic County, contact Jennifer Pielhau, County Alliance Coordinator, (609) 645-5932, prompt 2.

County Alliance Programs

The Atlantic County Alliance conducts programs throughout the county to assist and support the Municipal Alliances. These programs include:

Training and Community Relations

The County Alliance program provides substance abuse prevention education opportunities for all County and Municipal Alliance members through meetings or workshops on specific drug and alcohol abuse prevention subjects. The program also supports the Municipal Alliances through attendance and/or participation at countywide community events or specific municipal events. In addition, the county program can provide and/or distribute brochures and prevention education materials upon request

Volunteer Recognition

The County Alliance Program conducts an annual Volunteer Recognition event, during which several individuals are honored for going above and beyond to ensure effective prevention education in the community. Each year one coordinator and one Municipal Alliance are recognized for exemplary service to their community. Also, a community volunteer is nominated by their peers and recognized for excellence.

In addition to the municipal awards, the County Alliance Memorial Award was created to recognize excellence in the field of substance abuse prevention. This award is special because it is named in memory of the former County Drug and Alcohol Services Director, Dave Woolbert.

Also, this event affords the opportunity for attendees to gain education and information on what is trending in the field of substance abuse, as a training symposium is included. Some past topics include: Trends and Addiction, Marijuana and Legalization, Gaming and Addiction, etc.

The 2018 award recipients are:
Atlantic County Alliance of the Year- Estell Manor
Atlantic County Alliance Coordinator of the Year- Kate MacKenzie of Somers Point
Atlantic County Volunteer of the Year- Officer Jayson Chu of Somers Point
Dave Woolbert Memorial Award- Charlie Kerley

Naloxone Training

The County Alliance Program also leads the “Just in Case” Opioid Awareness Campaign. Residents can receive a free training and a Naloxone Opioid Overdose Kit to save the life of anyone at risk of a heroin or opioid overdose. Contact 609-645-5932, prompt 2 for training dates and locations.

Municipal Alliance Programs

The role of each Municipal Alliance is to develop and provide prevention education programs, which meet their community's particular needs. Some of the most common programs among the Municipal Alliances are:

  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
  • Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D)
  • Project Prom or Project Graduation
  • Botvin Life Skills Training Program
  • Forest Friends Puppet Prevention Program
  • Peer Leadership
  • Walking for Wellness- Senior Walking Program
  • National Night Out
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Steered Straight

Municipal Alliance Coordinators

  • Julie Farmer, Atlantic City
  • Dawn Jones, Brigantine
  • Gia Haws, Buena, Buena Vista Township, Weymouth
  • Shawn Sullivan, Egg Harbor City
  • Dena Danz, Egg Harbor Township
  • Michele Hetzel, Folsom
  • Kathy Weber, Galloway Township
  • Lisa Marcolongo, Township of Hamilton
  • Linda Kent, Estell Manor
  • Mary Young, Hammonton
  • Lisa Pilli, Linwood
  • Veronica Valencia, Margate/Longport
  • Kristi Hanselmann, Mullica Township
  • Kathi Smith, Northfield
  • Kara Jeril, Pleasantville
  • Lynn Loper, Port Republic
  • Kate MacKenzie, Somers Point
  • Kathy McFadden, Ventnor

County Alliance Objectives

  1. Develop an annual County Annual Alliance Plan to allocate DEDR funds and ensure Municipal Alliance programs are consistent with the guidelines provided by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
  2. Develop programs and provide networking and educational opportunities for the County Alliances.
  3. Identify a network of community leaders to support, expansion, replication and development of successful community model programs throughout the County..
  4. Coordinate projects among and within municipalities to assure cost effectiveness and avoid fragmentation and duplication.
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