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About Us

Concerned about the negative effects that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are having on your community?  Join us and make a difference!

The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition (MCSAC) was founded in 2001.  Our mission is to develop community partnerships that implement comprehensive evidenced based environmental strategies to reduce substance abuse and promote health and wellness throughout the county, especially among youth. 

We share information, provide support, enhance skills, increase awareness, change attitudes, affect policies, improve access to resources, enhance developmental assets, and reduce risks related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse (including prescription).

Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition is a 501C3 and receives funding support from the Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug Free Communities Support Program/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration,  the Florida Department of Children and Families, and through local contributions.


Lynn Anderson Manatee County Community Services Government
Pat Bartholomew Manatee County Sheriff Office

Law Enforcement

Ella Biggins Braden River High School Youth
Jim Christinidis Bradenton Herald Media
Alexdrena V. Green United Community Centers, inc.  Faith Based
Steve Gulash Manatee County High School Parents
Rachelle Madrigal, Past Chair Pittsburgh Pirates


Jessica May Manatee County Health Department Health/Tobacco Coalition
Wendy Nebrija Retired MPH/Volunteer Civic
Becky O'Brien Southeast High School Youth
Steve Rinder, Chair Manatee County High School (SAFE) Education
Reba Rogers, Treasurer CPA/Secure Aging Business
Brena Slater The Sarasota Y Youth Serving Organizations
Jane Testa, Recorder Manatee Glens Service Provider
Rick Wells, Vice Chair Palmetto Police Department Law Enforcement
MCSAC Staff    
Sharon Kramer, MEd, CPP Executive Director Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition
Rita Chamberlain, MBA Associate Director Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition
Jessica Spencer, EdD, CPP, CAP Project Director Manatee County Youth Commission
Patti Durham Prevention Coordinator VetCorps (CADCA)

Scott Young, PhD

Melissa Parker

Coalition Evaluator

Newsletter Editor

University of South Florida



Our Partners



The Coalition meets every second Wednesday, 3:00 PM, United Way Community Room, 1701 Tamiami Trail West (14th Street W), Bradenton. Meetings are open to the public. See schedule in "Events" on Homepage.

Coalition Minutes:  January 2015
Board Minutes:  December  2014


Recent Accomplishments

Past year highlights: 2012  2011 | 2010 | 2009

MCSAC Kaizan Results, Nov 2012


Newsletters | Community Snapshot
Safe Festivals


Florida Coalition Alliance (FCA)  Manatee Chamber of Commerce (MCC)

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association (FADAA)



Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCP)