A COMMUNITY AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE
652 Garfield Ave.
Carol Benevy, MSW, LSW, Chairwoman
Helen McGovern, Coordinator
Office HoursMonday-Thursday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Toms River Municipal Alliance coordinates substance abuse prevention programs, activities and events throughout the year for community members of all ages. The Alliance often partners with the Toms River District Schools, The Township's Department of Youth Services and Senior Center, Ocean's Harbor House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, Children's Home Society and the Family Success Center, the Ocean County Health Department, Barnabas Health, Prevention First, and other agencies and organizations for the same purpose. The Alliance networks with numerous social service, health care, government, non-profit and private agencies in its mission. Further community support is offered with information and referrals on substance abuse and related issues by calling the Alliance office directly.
The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is the framework for the Toms River Municipal Alliance mission. This is a grant, funded by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) and includes a 25% cash match from Toms River Township; State funds are generated through fines collected from those convicted of drug crimes. The Ocean County Health Department supervises this county's Municipal Alliances and compliance with their respective grants. All programs in the Toms River Municipal Alliance Strategic Plan fall under these approved main categories: Youth Action, Family Unity, and Senior Plan.
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P. ) is one of the most requested programs and is funded by a coalition of Alliances including those of Toms River, Pine Beach, and Beachwood, with additional support from Ocean lnc./Head Start and Children's Home Society/Family Success Center. This evidence based program supports the family unit with skill building education for parents, guardians, and individuals working with youth. S.T.E.P. is a 16 hour course that also satisfies the terms of some court orders. Courses run throughout the calendar year and information is available by calling the Alliance office directly.
Other Alliance popular programs include the Municipal Alliance Senior Health Fair, hosted annually by the Toms River Senior Center on Garfield Avenue in May. Numerous government, non-profit and private health care and social service providers offer free health screenings, services, and information for the age specific needs of Seniors and their care givers. Admission is free and the day includes live entertainment and a picnic lunch.
For more information, a referral, request, or volunteer opportunities, please call Coordinator Helen McGovern at (732) 341-1000 x 8474. Check this site and our answering machine for periodic updates on Alliance programs and activities.
Here are some agencies with whom the Alliance networks:
Contact of Ocean County
Elks Lodge #1875 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee
Narcotics Anonymous Nar-Anon NJ
Ocean County Board of Social Services
Ocean County Health Department
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
Ocean's Harbor House