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North Haven Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC)


North Haven

Substance Abuse Action Council



MissionNorth Haven’s Substance Abuse Action Council’s (“SAAC”) mission is to lead the community in the development of a strategic approach focused on awareness, education and communication thereby reducing the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse and related problems in our town.


Overview:  The North Haven Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) has been in existence since 2001 and takes a lead role in addressing youth substance abuse. The council has strong involvement from community leaders and draws members from various key community sectors.  SAAC members demonstrate a tremendous commitment to eradicating substance abuse in our community using a combination of their expertise and resources.


The SAAC has several standing committees including the steering committee, youth leadership, community involvement and recruiting, business outreach, as well as communications and marketing. In addition to the coalition's executive leadership, the SAAC draws from a dynamic group of volunteer coalition members with years of experience in business, law enforcement, nutrition, media relations, health and other fields germane to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Each of these members is active in planning strategies, events, educational opportunities, and outreach programming.


Over its tenure, the SAAC has evolved as an organization, creating the formal structure, including leadership roles and committee members that exist today. The SAAC is currently lead by the Town of North Haven's First Selectman, Michael J. Freda, who serves as the Executive Director. As the Executive Director, Mr. Freda’s responsibilities include guiding the council, overseeing special projects, coalition building, community representation, and strategic planning. The Director, Nancy Leddy, who also serves as the Town of North Haven's Youth Services Administrator, has been with the SAAC since its inception. The Director's responsibilities include preparing the agenda, facilitating meetings, dissemination of information, and coordinating projects.


In synergy with the North Haven SAAC, the Department of Community Services and Recreation has sponsored a myriad of activities such as Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) Sticker Shock, the Red Ribbon Campaign, and youth leadership conferences. The SAAC remains committed to providing information to parents and community members with an emphasis on education and awareness. They regularly hold forums on substance abuse open to the entire community. Through parent education workshops, student presentations, and substance abuse curriculum, the SAAC continues to stay focused on their mission. 



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 Town Resources:


              Nancy Leddy, Director of the Town of North Haven Substance Abuse Action Council

              North Haven Community Services      

                            203-239-5321 ext. 505



              North Haven Community Services Counseling Center

                            Maggie Goodwin, LCSW

                            Program Manager, Clinical Services

                            North Haven Counseling Center/BH Care

                            203-239-5321 ext. 501






My Bottom Line

              Mary Marcuccio, Founder



Apt Foundation

              352 State Street

              North Haven, CT 06473



American Addiction Centers

              Kelly Moore, Treatment Consultant



The Dry Dock

              68 Quinnipiac Street

              Wallingford, CT 06492




              317 Foxon Road

              East Haven, CT 06513







              5 Brookside Drive

              Wallingford, CT 06492







The Partnership for a Drug Free America







FCD Educational Services



National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”)



Note: The resources listed above are provided for informational purposes only, and in no way represents an endorsement or recommendation by the Town of North Haven.



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