Franklin Lakes REACH

Who We Are
Franklin Lakes REACH (formerly the Franklin Lakes Municipal Alliance) is a committee appointed from a broad cross section of stakeholders in the community to educate all members in the community about issues relating to alcohol and opioid addiction, use of marijuana, vaping, bullying and mental health.  Members include community volunteers, representatives from the governing body, education, health, law enforcement, civic, religious and business organizations. There is no limit on the number of members who may be appointed. However, there must be broad representation from across the community to ensure representative programming, sustainability and cultural competency. Funding for REACH is provided by the Borough and from contributions.  

Our Mission
Our mission is to identify, plan and implement programs that address:

(a) the dangers arising from alcohol and drug abuse, marijuana, cigarettes/vaping and bullying; and (b) the stigma often associated with mental health issues.  


2024 Members (terms expire on 12/31/2024):

Gail Kelly

Councilmember, Public Safety Council Committee

Michele DeLuccia

Councilmember, Communittee Affrairs Council Committee

Leonor Diehl

REACH Coordinator

Charles J. X. Kahwaty


Mark McCombs

Chief of Police

Frank O'Brien


Ellen Trotta Carmody Addiction and Recovery Advisor

 What We Do

  • REACH meets quarterly at the Ambulance Corps Building to identify and prioritize risk factors arising out of the issues described above and implements educational strategies designed to deal with these issues.  
  • Many available programs are referred by the Bergen County Department of Health Services, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, The Bergen County Prevention Coalition and other similar organizations. Proposed programs are also presented to representatives of our schools and are referred to REACH for funding consideration.
  • Franklin Lakes REACH has a close working relationship with similar coalitions in Oakland and Wyckoff and frequently provides funding for events jointly with those coalitions.
During the last three years, programs have included:

REACH Meetings

Next Meetings (all at 9:30 a.m.):
May 1, 2024
September 18, 2024

Ambulance Corps Building
480 Bender Court
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417


Last updated 5/8/2024 3:15:57 PM