5 Brookside Dr.
Wallingford  CT  06492


Marlene F. McGann Executive Director
Christelle Aubé Prevention Coordinator


SCCSAC is one of the state's 13 Regional Action Councils, grassroots organizations working with Connecticut's communities to prevent substance abuse and other addictions.

Because RACs are locally-created and based, they provide the best "eyes and ears" across the state when it comes to identifying local issues related to addictions and then working with the entire community.

RACs were created by the State Legislature in 1990 and have taken the lead on programs to combat tobacco, alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction across the state. They are funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Because our organizations are led by local educators, parents, business people, social service providers, law enforcement officials, clergy, government leaders, and youth, RACs are responsive, focused and tailored to meet our community's specific needs.

All RAC Directors are required to be certified as Prevention Professionals.  RACs are highly effective, community-based partnerships with a proven track record of success and programs that are recognized on a national level!


SCCSAC Board of Directors

SCCSAC board members represent various businesses, health and human service agencies within the communities served.  These individuals work collaboratively on the board to improve the quality of life in our towns and to address issues related to prevention.

Cathy Abercrombie

  State Representative
Cathy Battista   Meriden Family Resource Center

Lynn Faria (Vice President) 

Midstate Medical Center

Judi Gallagher (Secretary)   Gallagher Travel

Denise Keating

Meriden Youth Services Bureau

Frank Lewandowski (President) Meriden Police Department (ret.)
Cathy Neelon   Wallingford School Nurses
Gary Redman   Wallingford Police Dept.

Craig Turner

Wallingford Youth Services Bureau

Our Vision

SCCSAC is part of a process of community prevention of substance abuse through the development of healthier communities and life style choices for everyone in Meriden and Wallingford.    With your  help, we can continue to work  on a vision of the future where there is…
  • Community systems and groups that promote individual and  community responsibility for the well being of all.
  • Increased effort to identify needs. Improve access to treatment, and help service providers to offer the highest quality health and human service care possible.
  • Enhancement of our ability to attract funding and support for  new services and make the most efficient use of   existing local resources.

Our Mission

  • To work with community members to identify substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment needs as well as related community health concerns
  • To increase awareness and foster the acceptance of community responsibility to address these needs now and in the future
  • To support collaborative solutions for substance abuse prevention and related health concerns
  • To advocate for a healthy quality of life for everyone


Our History

SCCSAC, the South Central CT Substance Abuse Council, Inc. belongs to a  statewide system of public/private partnerships known as Regional Action Councils (RAC).  Founded in 1992, SCCSAC is an independent, non profit 501(c)3 agency which contracts with other groups for operating funds.  Our major work is done for the CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services as their local prevention resource arm.  We also contract with community based agencies and obtain private grants and awards to fund our various activities.

SCCSAC is charged with identifying local needs and service gaps for substance abuse and related health and social problems.  We focus on prevention activities and promote collaborative efforts to develop solutions.

SCCSAC volunteer members are people from all walks of life – - your neighbors, friends and fellow citizens who are working together to solve community problems and create a healthier quality of life for everyone to enjoy.


Our Accomplishments

SCCSAC’s success is “community inclusiveness” - - our members bring a variety of talents and experience to the challenge of substance abuse and related health and social problems.  Our efforts include…
  • Development and distribution of drug  and alcohol awareness materials and   presentations to groups, service agencies and at community events.
  • Advocacy campaigns on drug prevention and related health and social concerns that  maintain awareness of local needs.
  • Collaborative efforts to develop services and creative programming that make the best use of existing resources.
  • Technical assistance, programming and resource development that promotes grassroots prevention and encourages  people to make health related behavior changes.
  • Participation and leadership in collaborative efforts to secure funding for local health and human service programs.
  • Active membership in community coalitions that provide health and human services.
  • Networking services that promote local access to statewide and regional  resources.