Stronger Together

Our Prevention Coalitions bring together individuals and organizations committed to reducing the rates of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among youth and young adults. The Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC)and The Garfield Prevention Coalition (GPC) connect community sectors including law enforcement, healthcare, schools and parents to change public policy and attitudes toward substance use.

Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC)

The Coalition works together to address community issues by leveraging resources and building on the group’s collective strengths to influence the environment as it relates to underage drinking, prescription medication misuse across the lifespan, reducing the use of illegal substances with a special focus on opioids among young adults 18-25 years of age, and reducing the use of new and emerging drugs of abuse across the lifespan.

Monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members to network, participate in relevant training seminars, review The Center’s Community Assessment on Youth, and plan collaborative initiatives to address the needs the BCPC establishes as its focus. Membership is open to those who are interested in creating a healthy, safe and drug-free Bergen County, including youth and young adults.

General Membership Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, 22-08 Route 208 South, Fair Lawn. For more information or to become a member, contact Mike Silverman at msilverman@cafsnj.org or call (201) 740-7095.

The Garfield Prevention Coalition (GPC)

The Coalition is located within the City of Garfield and has grown out of the Garfield EPIC (Empower Peers & Inspire Change) Youth Coalition, which was created in 2009 to focus on underage drinking. Recently there has been evidence that Garfield’s youth are using marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol at high rates. Under the leadership of the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, the Garfield EPIC Youth Coalition became the Garfield Prevention Coalition. With a new identity, the Garfield Prevention Coalition now seeks to actively engage adults as well as additional youth and to expand the mission to include tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol.

For more information or to become a member, contact Kathi Viola at kviola@cafsnj.org or call (201) 740-7083.