The Alliance for Better Communities is a local community coalition comprised of area community members who live / work in Jefferson County New York. We come from all of the sectors in the community with a common goal in mind: to create a safer, healthier, and drug-free community for our youth. Funded by a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant, recognizing the concept that local problems require local solutions, the Alliance works to gather local data in order to address issues pertinent to our individual community. We work to create community-level change that will reduce underage drinking and substance abuse through education, awareness, advocacy, and policy change.
The Alliance is an outgrowth of the Rapid Response Workgroup, which was established in February 2012 to address the synthetic-drug crisis. Once a local ordinance was signed by the Jefferson County Legislators on October 2, 2012, the Workgroup pivoted to address the rising prescription-drug-abuse issue.
In February 2014, the Workgroup applied for the Drug-Free-Communities (DFC) grant under the proposed name of Alliance for Better Communities. Since the Alliance was awarded federal DFC funding, the Alliance has employed systematic environmental strategies to positively affect the health and safety of youth and young adults in Jefferson County.
Currently, the Alliance also includes work with the Neighborhood Watch, Healthy Jefferson County and the Youth Alliance