The Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) was established in 1989 as an independent planning and coordinating body covering state, county, and local efforts regarding alcoholism, tobacco, and other drug abuse. Since its earliest implementation, GCADA has had two primary missions:
- The development of a Master Plan with a State Government Component, and
- To provide funds and maintain Municipal Alliances in all 21 New Jersey counties.
The network of Municipal Alliances is one rooted in local perspectives and grassroots organization. Comprising mostly of volunteers, the Alliances were established in order to assess the needs of the community while developing and implementing plans which focus on the importance of substance abuse prevention programs. The Hunterdon County Municipal Alliance (HCMA) is a group made up of five regions that serve the Central, Del Val, North, South, and Voorhees areas of Hunterdon County.
The goal of the HCMA is to create and maintain a drug-free county by providing:
- Quality education and prevention programs about the risks and dangers of substance abuse and misuse
- Involve youth in the planning and implementation of prevention and education programs designed to affect their lives
- To enlist the support of every adult and child living in Hunterdon County to stop the spread of substance abuse and misuse