DMHAS: Regional Action Councils

Regional Action Councils

A Regional Substance Abuse Action Council is a legislatively created public-private partnership comprised of community leaders. Its purpose is to establish and implement a strategic plan to develop and coordinate needed substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion services in the subregion. The members of the Regional Action Council serve as volunteers assisted by professional staff. Members include representatives of major community leadership constituencies: chief elected officials, chiefs of police, superintendents of schools, major business and professional persons, legislators, major substance abuse service providers, funders, minority communities, religious organizations and the media.

Regional Action Councils do not to provide direct prevention or treatment services to clients. Thus, they will not dilute or compromise their service development and coordinating role nor become competitive with existing service providers for scarce service-related dollars.  The services they include provide:

  • Community mobilization
  • Grant collaboration
  • Substance abuse awareness, education and prevention initiatives
  • Media advocacy
  • Program development
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Leverage funds for local initiatives
  • Community needs assessment through surveys, data collection and trainings

DMHAS provides funding annually for core administrative support and coordination of prevention initiatives. The Regional Action Council generate additional resources to support services needed in the subregion.

Legislative Mandate

The management objectives of a Regional Action Council (RAC):

  1. To conduct a data driven needs and resource assessment for the subregion to identify gaps in services along the continuum of care (including community awareness, education, primary prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare).

  2. To develop a biannual report that includes epidemiologic profiles of substance use/abuse, problem gambling, and suicide, subregional priorities, and recommendations for changes to the community environment and programs that fill identified gaps and will reduce substance abuse by changing the community environment and to submit such report to DMHAS.

  3. To conduct fund-raising activities to fill gaps identified in the RACs report.

  4. To conduct activities to implement the initiatives identified in the report.

  5. To conduct activities to promote visibility for the Regional Action Council (but not to provide direct services).

  6. To conduct at least four meetings per year.

  7. To maintain RAC membership as described under Section 17a-671 (b) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

Prevention Core Functions

The prevention core functions listed below include the strategic focus of DMHAS:

  1. Support DMHAS planning and development of community prevention services utilizing school survey results, other local needs assessment data, science-based technologies.

  2. Support, develop and implement strategies outlined in the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) alcohol and tobacco initiatives using 25% of DMHAS funding to support alcohol and 25% on tobacco prevention activities.

  3. Serve as a esource Center to local constituents.

  4. Participate in Learning Communities and other forums as requested by DMHAS.

Listing of RACS by Region:

Communities 4 Action
[Fiduciary: Recovery Network of Programs]
Ingrid Gillespie, Director
680 Main Street
Stamford, CT  06901
PH:  203-588-0457
E-Mail Address:

Towns Served: Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford


Mid Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition

[Fiduciary: Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield]
Giovanna Pisani
, Director
One Park Street
Norwalk, CT  06851
PH:  203-849-1111  x3006 FAX:  203-849-1151

Towns Served: Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton


Regional Youth/Adult Social Action Project

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Denique Weidema-Lewis, Director
Burrough's Community Center
2470 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT  06605-2647
PH:  203-579-2727  FAX:  203-333-9118

 Towns Served: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull


South Central CT Substance Abuse Council

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Christelle M. Aube, Executive Director
373 Center Street, P.O. Box 307
Wallingford, CT  06492

PH:  475-222-6035

Towns Served: Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, North Haven,
North Branford, Madison, Meriden, Wallingford


Alliance for Prevention and Wellness (formerly VSAAC)

[A Program of BHCare]
Pamela Jones Mautte, Director
435 East Main Street,
Ansonia, CT  06401

PH:  203-736-8566  FAX:  203-736-2641

Towns Served: Ansonia, Bethany, Derby, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Oxford,
Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, Woodbridge 


Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council

[Fiduciary: Business Industry Foundation of Middlesex County]
Betsey Chadwick
, Director
393 Main Street
Middletown, CT  06457

PH:  860-347-5959  FAX:  860-346-1043

Towns Served: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, HaddamKillingworth, MiddlefieldMiddletown, Old SaybrookPortland, Westbrook


Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse
[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Robert Brex, Executive Director
559 Hartford Pike, Suite 210B
Dayville, CT  06241

PH:  860-779-9253  FAX:  860-774-0827

Towns Served: Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, CoventryEastford, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, PutnamScotland, Sterling, Thompson, Union, Willimantic, Willington, Windham, Woodstock


Southeastern Regional Action Council

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Michele Devine
, Executive Director
220 West Town St.
Norwich, CT  06360

PH:  860-848-2800   FAX:  860-848-2801

Towns Served: Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, Waterford


East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Melisa Luginbuhl
, Interim Executive Director
70 Canterbury Street
East Hartford, CT  06118
PH:  860-568-4442  FAX:  860-568-4445

Towns Served: Andover, Bolton, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, MarlboroughSomers, South Windsor, Stafford, TollandVernon, Windsor Locks


Capital Area Substance Abuse Council

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Tom Steen
, Executive Director
200 Day Hill Rd., Suite 120
Windsor, CT  06095
PH:  860-286-9333  FAX:  860-286-9334

Towns Served: Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, Farmington, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Suffield, West Hartford, WethersfieldWindsor, Windsor Locks


Substance Abuse Action Council of Central CT, Inc.

[Fiduciary: Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc]
Robert Rudewicz
, Acting Director
270 John Downey Drive
New Britain, Connecticut 06051
PH:  860-826-1358 x1632, FAX:  860-229-6575

Towns Served: Barkhamsted, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Colebrook, Harwinton, New Britain, New Hartford, Norfolk, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, Torrington, Winchester


Central Naugatuck Valley Regional Action Council

[Fiduciary: Family Intervention Center, Inc.]
Jennifer Dewitt
, Executive Director
22 Chase River Rd.
Waterbury, CT  06704
PH:  203-578-4044  FAX:  203-756-6032

Towns Served: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, NaugatuckProspect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodbury


Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse

[A 501(c)(3) Organization]
Allison Fulton, Executive Director

69 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT  06801
PH:  203-743-7741  FAX:  203-743-7317  

Towns Served: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Danbury, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, North Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Warren, Washington


The Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN) is the professional association of the state's 13 Regional Action Councils (RACs). The mission of CPN is to serve as a coordinated statewide organization that promotes wellness and reduces the negative effects of substance abuse and related risky behaviors.

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