About The Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition

One of thirteen Connecticut Regional Action Councils (RACs) created by the State Legislation in 1989, the Mid Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition (MFSAC) is a regional resource to support local initiatives and a proud member of the Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN). MFSAC is focused on the prevention and awareness of substance abuse and works to bring resources to those who need it most through a comprehensive approach including education, awareness, and community action. Our mission is to bring recognition and resources to address substance abuse and its effects on Norwalk, Weston, Wilton, and Westport communities through collaborations, education, awareness and community attentiveness with their local prevention councils (LPCs).  They are as follows:

Westport:  Positive Directions positivedirections.org or Phone:  203.227.7644  x127

Weston:     Alcohol & Drug Awareness Program of Weston (ADAP) westonadap.org 

                     or westonadaplyc@gmail.com

Wilton:      Wilton Youth Services  wiltonct.org  or Phone:   203.834.6241 

Norwalk:   Community Prevention Task Force  hscct.org  or Phone:  203.849.1111 x3003   

If you would like to be part of our coalition work, please call Program Director, Giovanna Pisani at 203.849.1111 x3006

Some of our recent initiatives include:

  • Curriculum implementation of Taking Charge: A Path to Healthy Choices at Brien McMahon High School and Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs High School, in collaboration with the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers (SBHC) and Liberation Programs.
  • Family Day events, in collaboration with the Norwalk Housing Authority and the Tenant Associations at Meadow Gardens, Roodner Court and Washington Village housing developments. These fun-filled, drug-free afternoons with human service agencies provide information to families regarding available services and resources.
  • Creation of H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education Awareness Raised by Teens), a peer leadership group at Brien McMahon High School, in collaboration with SBHC. H.E.A.R.T is designed to help teens develop strong leadership skills while influencing younger children to live a drug-free lifestyle.
  • Red Ribbon Week: The Red Ribbon Campaign services as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug-free activities.

More Information/Resources

  • Crisis Intervention Services for Adults: Southwest CT Mental Health System
    Regional Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team
    Franklin S. DuBois Center
    780 Summer Street
    Stamford, CT  06905
    203-358-8500, 800-586-9903   

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We’ve been busy! Highlights from the past year include: the distribution of 123 backpacks at three Family Day events, providing tobacco prevention intervention to 75 fifth graders, 50 hours of drug and mental health training, and co-sponsoring a special community screening of The Anonymous People, a documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.