The Municipal Alliance is a network of community-based prevention programs found throughout New Jersey’s 21 Counties It was created for grassroots volunteers to have the opportunity to develop programs and implement activities to address specific substance abuse problems in their communities.
Throughout the state, Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) funds are collected by fines imposed for drug-related offenses. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (GCADA) utilizes these funds to issue grants to each county in New Jersey.
The County Alliance Coordinator oversees and provides support & technical assistance to eleven (11) Municipal Alliances, representing fourteen (14) municipalities in Salem County, with the oversight of the County Alliance Steering Subcommittee (CASS), which meets quarterly. Every alliance plans and implements substance abuse prevention programs for their community using DEDR funds and matched funds as well as monies raised through local fundraising efforts or municipality support.
Just some of the programs MAPSA helps support include Red Ribbon Week, Project Graduation, Senior Citizen Education, peer leadership & mentoring programs, as well as other alcohol & drug-free alternatives, i.e. dances, movie nights and family/community-wide events, such as National Night Out.
Salem County Municipal Alliances
Alloway – Lindsey Gioielli
Carneys Point/Penns Grove – Leslie Wright
Elsinboro – Bethany Hannah
Mannington – Kristin Williams
Oldmans – Kelley Piel
Pennsville – Michele Yangello
Pilesgrove/Woodstown – Gabrielle Heyel
Pittsgrove/Elmer– Gabrielle Heyel
Quinton – Stu Potter
Salem City – Jennifer Blumenthal
Upper Pittsgrove – Tiffany Sciorillo
As a part of each multi-year funding cycle, municipalities conduct a Needs Assessment of their community in order to assist in the selection of programs and activities. All alliance activities are evaluated and considered for future programming.
More information on the Municipal Alliances can be found at