About PPI

Board of Directors

PPI Employees

Since 1970, our dedicated staff has ensured accessible, culturally competent, individualized, and cost effective services for our clients and the community. We understand that each person has unique strengths and we help to build upon those strengths. By emphasizing trust, respect, confidentiality, communication, and compassion, we continuously strive to improve the quality of client care, while anticipating changing community needs. We provide group and individual treatment in both Spanish and English. We are a dynamic and responsive agency, committed to you!

We believe that addictions are biological, psychological, social, and behavioral disorders which can adversely affect a person’s physical, psychological, economic, spiritual, and social well-being. We also recognize that mental health disorders and criminal behaviors are often closely associated with each other and with substance use. As a result, we offer multiple treatment modalities, using evidenced-based approaches to assist every client in developing cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social resources to live healthy lives.

Our expert staff is trained and ready to provide help and support for:

Substance use
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Opioid use
Bipolar Disorders
Psychiatric concerns

Drug use
Suicidal thoughts
Medication issues

Alcohol use

Mission statement

Perception Programs promotes wellness through innovative and holistic behavioral health care for individuals and our community.

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Our Board of Directors, representative of the community it serves, works together to maintain the integrity and quality of our programs and services. They proactively assess the needs of our clients and encourage program evaluation. The CEO maintains an awareness of, and adheres to, all pertinent federal, state and local statutes, regulations and codes. Most importantly, they encourage client responses and evaluations so that we can strengthen our program design and planning.

Perception Programs Board of Directors

John F.B. Haney, MD, Chairman, Retired, Medical Director, Natchaug Hospital; Medical Director, PPI
Christopher Burke, Attny, Retired, Clerk of the Superior Court
David Correll, Retired, Finance Manager, Pratt & Whitney Legal Services
Cynthia Van Zelm, Executive Director Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.

Members at Large
Margaret Martin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, ECSU
Janit Romayko, Retired, Director, Mansfield Youth Services
Mary Gawlicki, Founder, Gawlicki Family Foundation
Brian P. McCarthy, Real Estate Broker/Owner 
Roderick Wilson, Sr., RAD Computing, Owner
William Lugo, Professor of Sociology, ECSU
Donna McLaughlin, Retired, Audiologist, Speech Pathologist

Kristie Scott, LCSW, CEO

Kristie Scott, LCSW, CEO

Selma N. Ward, MBA, CFO

Selma N. Ward, MBA, CFO

Erin Joudrey, LCSW Chief Operating Officer

Erin Joudrey, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer

Dan Gerwien, Human Resources Manager

Brittney Stanley, LPC, EMHL
Vice President of Programs

Madelyn Briggs, LCSW, LPC Vice President of Programs

Dan Gerwien
Human Resources Manager


Advanced Behavioral Health (ABH)
– AIDS Network of Windham
– Community Assistance Network
The Alliance
– Criminal Justice Providers (CJP)
– Juvenile Justice Providers (JJP)
Eastern Region Services Center (ERSC)
Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse (NECASA)
– Ryan White Consortium of Northeastern CT
The Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Windham
– Windham County Reentry Council