The Community Development Department represents the heart of IADA's activity at the municipal and local levels. Municipalities in Israel can be very diverse, with different needs: small towns, kibbutzim, large cities, areas with large populations of new immigrants, Arab settlements, etc. This diversity is what leads IADA to believe that combating the war on drugs can not be achieved from the headquarters only. Therefore, IADA is very sensitive to the local needs and requirements, and offers technical, financial and professional assistance to any municipality (based on resources available at the time) whose mayor also believes in the importance of this issue.
Activities are a shared effort by the local authority and IADA, and are led by Local Coordinators. Jointly employed by IADA and the local municipalities, the local coordinators are trained and skilled individuals who are in charge of coordinating all drug related issues and social initiatives at the local municipalities, integrating between the work done at the community level and between regional and national action.
Community Development strives to create a social climate which rejects the use of drugs by initiating community action on national, regional and local levels, focusing on prevention and education, information, treatment, rehabilitation and law enforcement.
The community action framework is a multi-disciplinary and integral structure, which offers local level responses in the areas of education, prevention and awareness, treatment and rehabilitation and law enforcement.
Involved in this community organization are partners at various levels:
Local partners - The mayor, department heads at the municipality, police representatives, school directors, health representatives, volunteer organizations, business sector, community centers and youth movements.
Governmental offices - Regional and local representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Israel National Police.
Community- Neighborhood associations, parent committees, and other local organizations.
99th Amendment to the Municipality's Ordinance - 2005
In 2005, an amendment to the municipality's ordinance requires that each municipality elect a committee to lead the war on dangerous drugs.